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Bringing fashion to a new level of cute has been perfected in the Shibuya and Harajuku area. Not only can you find a bountiful variety of Lolita and super-cute stores like Metamorphose temps de fille and Listen Flavor in this area of Tokyo, those stores are just one of many places that you can purchase a whole new wardrobe of super cute and innovative fashions. With so many options to deck yourself out in neon and adorable T-shirts, where should one start? One name in this super cute decora style is right in the Shibuya area. Galaxxxy has become a widely known name in cute fashion and has also contributed to the online fashion community which has only helped to elevate Japanese fashion further.

 

If you are in the Shibuya area, then Galaxxxy is a place that you should put on your list. When you walk through Galaxxxy’s doors, you will be greeted with a barrage of color and prints. This store is one the cusp of youth fashion. With all of their activity on Facebook and Twitter, Galaxxxy’s fan base has not only gone global but also across all forms of media. Galaxxy has been featured in magazines and throughout the social media universe.

You can pick up some super cool T-shirts at Galaxxxy. If you are into pastels and screen printing, then you will be in heaven. But on the flip side, Galaxxxy is well versed in true hipster fashions. Whether is be Edo-period kanji sweatshirts, tribal pencil skirts, or modern printed denim, Galaxxxy has you covered. Like so many other fashion labels, Galaxxxy also has several lines that are collaborations with other famous brands or characters. Recently they have collaborated with Tetsuya Goto, My Little Pony, and Jenny Kaori as well as several AKB48 idols. Each season there is a new round of collaborations which keeps their styles constantly fresh.

Whether you are looking for a new party dress or some flashy casual wear, be sure to check out Galaxxxy for the latest trends.

Galaxxxy Shibuya

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Nearest Station: 9-minute walk from Shibuya Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

 

Hours of Operation: 11:00 am to 8:00 pm daily.

“Why Go?”: Super-cute fashions, and just try to keep up with their social media!

October 21, 2014 0 comment
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For those who have experienced a Japanese summer, you can understand that the last thing on your mind is layers of fleece and other kinds of all weather gear. In summer, there is a bigger desire to find a cafe with air conditioning than for wool socks and flannel shirts. However, the summer will end, and the cold fall and winter winds will soon be here! When the time for kakigori (shaved ice) and senso (Japanese fan) is over, you are going to want some clothes that will keep you snug and warm for the cooler months to come. There are several options to keep you warm in the upcoming months like ICI Ishii Sports Harajuku for example. But if you are going for a more woodsy inspired look and not all out lumberjack, then there is one appropriately named store in the Harajuku and Shibuya area that is just right for you! The flagship Rugged Factory store in Shibuya brings men’s fashion into the realm of plaid and heavy knits without making you feel like you have lived in the Appalachian Mountains for your whole life.

Rugged Factory is the go to place when you are looking for men’s fashion without all the frills of some other fashion labels. Instead of patent leather loafers and crisp white screen printed T-shirts, Rugged Factory has something a little more traditional to offer. As far as shirts go, Rugged Factory employs a classic cut that flatters the body no matter what your size. To compliment the every day shape of their shirts, Rugged Factory is a master when it comes to experimenting with print and color. Of course this store can outfit you with as many different kinds of styles and varieties of denim shirts you want, but aim higher! Plaid is a particular specialty of Rugged Factory and you can pick up a classic red and navy blue plaid number or, if you are feeling a little daring, why not try a playful madras or a radical yellow and black plaid. And no matter the season, Rugged Factory has several kinds of sleeve length and fabrics to ensure you are comfortable as well as fashionable. To accentuate your new plaid swag, Rugged Factory also has plenty of stylish cardigans and other knitwear to add to your look.

For the colder months, Rugged Factory carries a varied selection of parkas and windbreakers to fend off the wind and rain. While the word “parka” does not necessarily conjure up thoughts of high fashion, the offerings at Rugged Factory are sure to please. Utilizing color and prints in combination with layering and functionality, their outerwear will keep you looking cool while staying warm.

Aside from apparel, you can also get a variety of accessories such as hats, bags, belts, and ties at Rugged Factory. In fact, Rugged Factory has a noticeable affection for bow ties and stock a wide variety of them each month. For example, you can get some charming checkered bow ties, woolen bow ties, or bow ties with bandana inspired patterns.

If you are looking to put a little rustic inspiration into your wardrobe, then head to the Harajuku and Shibuya area and check out Rugged Factory!

Address:東京都渋谷区神宮前6-17-11
GPS:35.6654741, 139.70350050000002
Telephone:03 – 3797 – 8771
Web:http://www.world.co.jp/rugged-factory/store/

Opening Hours

Monday:11:30 – 20:30
Tuesday:11:30 – 20:30
Wednesday:11:30 – 20:30
Thursday:11:30 – 20:30
Friday:11:30 – 20:30
Saturday:11:00 – 20:00
Sunday:11:00 – 20:00
October 21, 2014 0 comment
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American street and urban style has begun to gain footing among men’s fashion in Japan. Labels that have either begun in America or have received influence from American labels such as A Bathing ApeX-Large, or Bounty Hunter have helped in drumming up popularity among groups of men in Japan looking to set themselves apart in their own way using their clothing. In America, this style may be associated with young men looking for trouble but the association in Japan has become one of individuality and making yourself a part of a society of fashion savvy young men. A label that is making a splash in this fashion scene is Kiks Tyo whose wittily punny “Head Shop” is located in Shibuya. This fashion label is creatively adding to this new street style aimed at young men looking to set themselves apart from the crowd.

Founder, Chief Designer, DJ, and “streetwear/sneaker culture personality hobby:tech created Kiks Tyo with the slogan “Community of the sneaker nuts, by sneaker nuts, for sneaker nuts” in mind. hobby:tech set out to add to the culture of sneaker fans by creating a clothing line that accentuates footwear while at the same time making a fashion statement in its own right. The styles available at Kiks Tyo walks the line between comfort and “bad boy.” The low slung jeans and bandanas are apart of this look as well as innovative basketball jerseys and Windows 1999 neon aquarium logo tees. It is more than just a gangster style at Kiks Tyo.

As of late, the Kiks Tyo style has begun to move away from mimicking American street style and has tested the waters of creating a Japanese street style. Where there used to be felt letterman jackets and 1990s style bucket hats there are now yukata inspired camo pattered jackets and skorts (a combination skirt and short) for men. Along with the flashier and more innovative styles of clothing, Kiks Tyo also has basic logo tees, a wide selection of denim, as well as key rings and simple jewelry that accompany, not over take, the clothes.

Just as Playboy has their yearly calendar of Playboy bunnies posing with various Playboy brand items, Kiks Tyo has their own version. Yearly, Kiks Tyo puts out a “Kiks Girls Tee” of a recently popular model holding Kiks Tyo sneakers or some other kind of memorabilia. Along with the T-shirt, Kiks Tyo DVD exposes of that years fashion ideas as well as commentary from that year’s Kiks Tyo girl. This little addition to the Kiks Tyo label sets them apart from the other street style brands.

To get a little taste of what real Japanese street fashion is becoming, head on over to Shibuya and visit Kiks Tyo!

Address:153-0002 東京都渋谷区渋谷1-22-3
GPS:35.6633688, 139.70302289999995
Telephone:03 – 5766 – 6482
Web:http://kikstyo.com/

Opening Hours

Monday:12:00 – 20:00
Tuesday:12:00 – 20:00
Wednesday:12:00 – 20:00
Thursday:12:00 – 20:00
Friday:12:00 – 20:00
Saturday:12:00 – 20:00
Sunday:12:00 – 20:00
October 21, 2014 0 comment
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The number of chain clothing stores in and around the Tokyo area is mind boggling. Forget the global chains like Forever 21, Topshop, and H&M because when you add in the amount of chain stores that operate and exist only in Japan, it seems like shopping could be the final exam that you did not study for. Where should you start? What kind of style are you looking for? Is the town that you are in have specific clothing stores of their own that you have to sift through? If you are in touch in the social media fashion sphere then you are well versed in some of the more recognizable Japanese fashion names. One that is in almost every single fashionable neighborhood in Japan is the chain store ANAP which has a wide selection of the latest fashions and is one of the few who is even involved in the social media world of fashion as well which lends them true insight as to what it hot right now.

Youth fashion is ever changing and ANAP has always been on top of their game. Whether it be dresses, denim, or accessories there is always something new and exciting to find at ANAP for the budding as well as the professional fashionista. ANAP is great for completely revamping your entire wardrobe or simply updating your style with a few select pieces that really perk up and modernize your whole look. The Shibuya branch of ANAP is also a particularly well rounded branch when compared to other ANAP branches. In Shibuya, you will be able to find something to take home if you are into the frilly and feminine style or a more hard core and edgy sensibility. Anything from mesh crop tops to well constructed corseted dresses can be found at ANAP as well as anything in between. To pull your whole outfit together, the Shibuya branch of ANAP has shelves up on shelves of hats, necklaces, and shoes to pick from.

To immerse yourself in the full experience of the fashion culture by getting into ANAP’s several social media accounts. The latest trend for fans of fashion and stores alike is to connect and share new style ideas and trends over the internet. ANAP has gotten deeply involved in this new fashion and lifestyle trend so therefore you can be confident that the selection at ANAP is going to be on the pulse of the latest fashion trend.

Address:東京都 渋谷区宇田川町26-1
GPS:35.6600468, 139.6991094
Telephone:03 – 5459 – 1190
Web:http://www.anapnet.com/

Opening Hours

Monday:11:00 – 21:00
Tuesday:11:00 – 21:00
Wednesday:11:00 – 21:00
Thursday:11:00 – 21:00
Friday:11:00 – 21:00
Saturday:11:00 – 21:00
Sunday:11:00 – 21:00
October 21, 2014 0 comment
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Hysteric Glamour Tokyo Japan Shopping

Hysteric Glamour can help you find the right balance between “too much rock” and “looking like you are a part of a biker gang.” Cut off denim vests look awesome, but who can really pull that off? As it turns out, Hysteric Glamour can! This rocker’s casual clothing paradise is just the right amount of grunge and cool sensibility.

Hysteric Glamour’s selections give off that Californian feeling with a touch of grunge and rock ‘n’ roll. Layering and easy-to-wear cuts are the signature look here, and men and women alike can maintain a fashionable wardrobe while keeping their grunge and rock and roll style.

Hysteric Glamour Store Information

Website | Facebook (Japanese) | Twitter (Japanese) | Instagram | Online Store (primarily Japanese)

Nearest Station: 8-minute walk from Meijijingu-Mae station; 10-minute walk from Harajuku JR station (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: Open daily 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

“Why Go?”: Grunge and rock clothing styles

Want to know more about the best fashions in Tokyo? Check out our Top Ten list of Tokyo clothing brands here!

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cecil mcbee

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Stores offering shoppers a taste of pretty girl glamour can be found littered all over Shibuya’s massive metropolises of specialty boutiques, accessory shops, and make up outlets. However, this swirling mass of choices and options can become overwhelming to the petite princess shopping for her next purchase and on the flip side, it is an awful feeling to have spent all your money at the first shop you passed only to fall in love with something else later on in your shopping adventure around Shibuya. This is where the iconic shopping skyscraper, Shibuya 109, and the stores inside can come in handy and get you immersed in the lady-like fashions you are craving. Look no further for your latest girly fashions than the second floor of Shibuya 109. There you will find the Shibuya branch of Cecil McBee, ready to provide you with all you need to stay pretty in pink.

Cecil McBee wants you to be able to easily combine elegance with casual wear without spending a fortune and skipping out on style. The mix and match pieces of Cecil McBee make their line of clothing easily accessible to the woman who is going off to work, out to lunch with her friends, or walking around the city on a night out. The styles at Cecil McBee offer an endless variety of choices to step up the feminine side of your wardrobe. Choose from a wide range of styles from flowing chiffon knee length skirts or something like a printed denim pair of shorts for something more relaxed. Cecil McBee also has a wide range of offerings of tops from basics to more intricate blouses utilizing all sorts of fabrics and tailoring.

Cecil McBee certainly has enough to satisfy shoppers in the apparel department, but they are not lacking in the accessories department either. You can display your Cecil McBee love loud and proud with items like thermoses, tote bags, and compact mirrors as well as logo bearing key chains and T-shirts.

If you need a little feminine flirty fun in your wardrobe this upcoming season head on over to the second floor of Shibuya 109 and pay Cecil McBee a visit! You really can’t lose!

Address:東京都渋谷区道玄坂2-29-1
GPS:35.6595885, 139.698739463
Telephone:03-3879-1202
Web:http://cecilmcbee.jp/

Opening Hours

Monday:10:00 – 21:00
Tuesday:10:00 – 21:00
Wednesday:10:00 – 21:00
Thursday:10:00 – 21:00
Friday:10:00 – 21:00
Saturday:10:00 – 21:00
Sunday:10:00 – 21:00

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Jeanzmate 3

Jeanzmate 3

In Shibuya, there are endless choices of stores to spend your yen at, so how do you decide where to start? Jeanz Mate is one of those rare stores that has found that tricky balance between reasonable prices and trendy styles. Just north of the JR Shibuya station, this hub of hip and affordable fashions is just to place to start to get your fashion bases covered.

Jeanz Mate’s Shibuya branch is a great place to shop because of their wide range of fashions and availability of clothing for all sizes, genders, and fashion senses. Even if you are from outside of Japan and have those impossible to shop for long legs and torso, you will be able to find something that fits you just right at Jeanz Mate.

Contrary to what you might think, there is more to Jeanz Mate than just their jeans and pants selection. Anything from outerwear, to tops and skirts can be found at Jeanz Mate. The versatility and variety available at Jeanz Mate is really what makes this place special and definitely worth visiting during your next trip to Shibuya.

We know that once you get going you’re not going to be able to stop at just one store! For more suggestions on spots to visit in Shibuya check out our Uniqlo Shibuya Dogenzaka, Top 5 Things to do in Shibuya and Shibuya 109 Guide articles!

Address:東京都渋谷区宇田川町30-1
GPS:35.6608162, 139.698358964
Telephone:03 – 3477 – 0921
Web:http://jmm.jp/

Opening Hours

Monday:10:00 – 23:00
Tuesday:10:00 – 23:00
Wednesday:10:00 – 23:00
Thursday:10:00 – 23:00
Friday:10:00 – 23:00
Saturday:10:00 – 23:00
Sunday:10:00 – 23:00
October 21, 2014 0 comment
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Uniqlo, the most famous Japanese clothing store, offers great quality and reasonable prices without skimping on the style. If you are looking for a Uniqlo with a spacious sales floor and a great selection of their fashions, then look no further than Uniqlo Shibuya Dogenzaka.

Spanning three floors, the Shibuya Dogenzaka branch has fashionable clothing for men, women and children. The first floor features seasonal gear, from down jackets during the colder months to tropical beach wear for your Okinawa trip. If you need a nice light suit and tie for the office, Uniqlo has you covered. They can also help you with those casual days when you are just hanging out–Uniqlo’s fashion range from their famously understated neutral colors and simple patterns all the way to their rotating selection of logo tees.

If you haven’t been to a Uniqlo yet, there’s no better location for your first visit than the Shibuya Dogenzaka location. Head on over as soon as possible!

Uniqlo Shibuya Dogenzaka Store Information

Website (via Google Translate) | Twitter (Japanese)

Nearest Station: 5-minute walk from Shibuya JR Station (Hachiko exit) (click on the Google Map for directions)

 

Hours of Operation: Open weekdays 11:00 am – 9:00 pm; Sat/Sun/Holidays 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

“Why Go?”: Get fashionable at the best Uniqlo in Tokyo!

October 21, 2014 0 comment
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Celebrating its 40th anniversary in May of 2014, PARCO, not only a shopping complex with vision, but also one of the pioneers for the Japanese fashion movement opened its doors in 1973. PARCO, wanting to position itself as young, hip, and fashionable carefully chose its location in Shibuya, knowing it would grow into the world’s most fashionable area.

Walking up the hill towards to the shopping center, the facade of shiny white tiles and grey concrete, is most undeniably the product of the post modern era. Even it’s logo – an all caps, sans serif type – is a telling tale of what is to come – a minimal, forward thinking shopping experience. Forward thinking it is: PARCO consists of 4 buildings – Part 1, Part 3, ZERO GATE, and CLUB QUATTRO.

Part 1 – mothership (as it’s known), is the first building of PARCO. Here, you can find a book store in the basement level, with a good selection of English readings. Moving upwards, levels 1-6 are filled with men’s and women’s fashion, ranging from European brands to Kimonos. Pay special attention to the renewed 6th floor, as it’s revamped itself as “Shibuya Pop-Culture Market”; an entire floor dedicated to a serious range of Japanese pop culture merchandises.  As you enter, greeted at reception are girls dressed as stylized anime characters and in school uniforms. Setting the tone not only for this section, but also the trendy neighborhood of Shibuya. Shops lined in rows are niche and exclusive. With 10,000 pieces of souvenirs to sell (clothing, Cosplay, and accessories – to name a few) it’s no wonder there’s a persistent queue in visiting the shop dedicated to the highly popular pirate comic, “One Piece”. Level 7-8 are restaurants, and finally on the 9th floor is a theatre.

Part 3 – 7 floors of shopping. 1 floor of cooking and fitness and 1 floor to hang out and watch a film. From B1 – 4 floors, there are men’s and women’s fashion, accessories, and shoes. As Part 3 is a sister shop to PARCO, what makes it most interesting and unique is it’s furniture section – MUJI, the lifestyle store, as well as a cooking school, along side a fitness center (as if shopping isn’t already an exercise in itself).

ZERO GATE – the younger, hipper, and trendier building with brands such as Diesel, Helmut Lang, and Superlovers as well as the Spanish lifestyle store Bershka.

CLUB QUATTRO – a 2 level club has been running since 1988. With live music and good music as it’s mission, this club introduced names such as Lenny Kravitz, Alanis Morissette, Nirvana, Oasis, Primal Scream, Bjork, Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers to the Japanese audience.

PARCO isn’t your typical department store. With a wide array of entertainment from theaters to restaurants, as well as museums and publishing house, PARCO is especially keen in offering hip and trendy solutions, whilst staying true to it’s vision when they opened their doors 40 doors ago: a focus on visionary pioneers.

Photo credit: Tokyo by Chinnian

Address:15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
GPS:35.6620579, 139.699065766
Telephone:03-3464-5111
Web:http://www.parco.co.jp/parco/

Opening Hours

Monday:11am-9pm
Tuesday:11am-9pm
Wednesday:11am-9pm
Thursday:11am-9pm
Friday:11am-9pm
Saturday:11am-9pm
Sunday:11am-9pm
October 21, 2014 0 comment
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G-CLUB GUITAR SHOP

G-Club Guitar Shibuya Tokyo Japan

Are you ready to rock? If so, then get on over to G’ Club Shibuya and pick up your next guitar! With great organization and a vast selection of bass, acoustic, and electric guitars, G’ Club will get you ready to busk it, burn it down, or break out a Barry White croon for that special someone.

G’ Club only sells top-notch guitars, and the prices ensure that only a dedicated strummer will come out of the shop with a new axe in hand. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and conversant enough in English to answer your guitar-related questions. So come on by, check out the array of professionally-signed guitars (some of which you can buy), and test out a guitar or two! And who knows? Maybe the next guitar on the wall will be your own.

G-Club Guitar Shibuya Tokyo Japan

G’ CLUB SHIBUYA STORE INFORMATION

Website (via Google Translate)

Nearest Station: 5-minute walk from Shibuya Station Hachiko exit.

 

Hours of Operation: 11:30 am to 8:30 pm daily.

“Why Go?”: Didn’t you say you were ready to rock?

October 20, 2014 0 comment
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