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Supreme streetwear

Japanese streetwear has largely been an underground movement since its creation in the early 1990s. Only within the last few years has this style trend caught on with a larger and more global audience. By definition, “Streetwear” is a unique, trend-conscious style of clothing that is typically released in small quantities through select, exclusive channels. Streetwear pieces themselves are comfortable and casual, including jeans, t-shirts and baseball hats. Most streetwear designs are influenced by military, hip-hop and skateboarding looks. Here is our list of the top Japanese streetwear brands you should check out to update your wardrobe!

 

Japanese Streetwear: A Bathing Ape (BAPE)

BAPE streetwear

With locations all over the world, A Bathing Ape (BAPE) is a world-famous lifestyle and street-wear brand. Their designs are bright and colorful and are known for their signature take on the camouflage print as well as the iconic Bathing Ape monkey on their apparel. They often collaborate with other famous brands like Star Wars, Pepsi and Coca Cola. Their designs are perfect for men, women and children, but can be expensive, with prices ranging from $50-$500. Check out our article on BAPE here!  

 

Beams

BEAMS is one of the most famous Japanese clothing brands with stores all across Japan, Tokyo and worldwide. The BEAMS brand is known for their BEAMS T street-wear line and Ray BEAMS for women. BEAMS offers a variety of fashionable attire as well as custom tailored pieces. Beams is always up to date on what is popular and trendy. Their lines encompass a wide array of styles, which are perfect for men, women and children. Check out our article on Beams here!

 

Billionaire Boys Club (BBC) and Ice Cream

Billionaire Boys Club streetwear

Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream were both established in 2005 by Pharell Williams and Nigo, the founder of Undercover and A Bathing Ape. BBC designs are typical of Tokyo streetwear fashions, including t-shirts, jeans, jackets and sneakers. The pieces are produced in very small quantities and are usually fairly expensive, with t-shirts costing 5,000 yen.

You can visit the Billionaire Boys Club website (Japanese-English mix) and check them out on Facebook (Japanese), Twitter (via Google Translate), or Instagram. If you like what you see, check out their Online Store (English).

Nearest Station: 5-minute walk from Meiji-jingumae Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

Hours of Operation: Open everyday 12:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 

Comme des Garcons

Comme des Garcons streetwear

Comme des Garcons is a Tokyo-based, Paris-inspired fashion label by Rei Kawakubo. From runway fashions to street-ready designs, Comme des Garcons has stayed globally relevant since its start in 1969.  If cutting-edge style and atmosphere are what you’re after, then there is no other destination in Tokyo than Comme des Garcons. When visiting the Gyre Mall Shibuya location, look out for the Play Box store (pictured above) – a small pop-up store with a limited selection of apparel!

Website (English) ||| Facebook (Japanese) ||| Twitter (English) ||| Instagram ||| Online Store (Dover Street Market; English)

Nearest Station: 8-minute walk from Harajuku Station (inside the Gyre Building) (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

Hours of Operation: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 

Hysteric Glamour

Hysteric Glamour is one of the edgier designer Japanese streetwear clothing brands. Rocking a 1960s retro theme, their T-shirts and tops feature graphics on topics ranging from classic bands to old cars. They offer jeans, T-shirts, cardigans, and dresses as well as some menswear. Their name was even mentioned by Gwen Stefani in her famous song about Japan titled, “Harajuku Girls”. Hysteric Glamour has 51 stores in Japan and is perfect for men and women. Check out our article on Hysteric Glamour here!

 

Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake streetwear

Issey Miyake is regarded as one of the most internationally famous Japanese designers. Miyake’s pieces are a combination of Japanese concepts, mixing simple designs with modern and futuristic fabrics and techniques. Made for both runway and everyday, Miyake designs can be seen on sophisticated and street fashionistas alike.

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Locations: Multiple locations in Tokyo, find a store here.

 

Muji

Muji streetwear

“Muji” (“no brand” in Japanese) is known worldwide for their minimalist, quality clothing and reasonably-priced home furnishings. Muji carries lines of simple clothing for men, women and children in neutral colors, patterns and styles. The goal at Muji is to have the finest selection products made from quality materials, and to simplify the process and packaging of the goods they sell. Muji is a great one-stop-shop to update your Japanese streetwear selection. Check out our article on Muji here!

 

Neighborhood (NBHD)

Neighborhood streetwear

Neighborhood (or NBHD) is one of the founding brands of the Japanese streetwear movement. Started by Shinsuke Takizawa in 1994, NBHD clothing includes t-shirts, sweats, flannels and jackets with a distinct motorcycle gang-style influence. Recent collections feature more military and preppy designs, but are still recognizable as NBHD.

Website (English) ||| Twitter (English) ||| Instagram ||| Online Store (English)

Nearest Station: 3-minute walk from Meiji-jingumae Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

Hours of Operation: Everyday 12:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 

Onitsuka Tiger

Onitsuka Tiger streetwear

 

One of the most important items to pack for Tokyo is a good pair of walking shoes, but if you’re in need or just want a new pair of shoes, head over to Onitsuka Tiger! As one of the oldest and most reliable sneaker brands in Japan, Onitsuka Tiger offers fashionable styles for both men and women. If you find yourself in Harajuku or Shibuya, be sure to visit a store and pick up an item from a 100% Japanese made label. Check out our article on Onitsuka Tiger here!

 

Supreme

Supreme streetwear

Supreme is a NYC-based skateboarding clothing brand with multiple store locations across Tokyo (Harajuku, Daikanyama & Shibuya) and the rest of Japan (Nagoya, Osaka & Fukuoka). Supreme’s Japanese streetwear releases are collections limited to each season. Past collaborations have included luminaries such as Vans, Comme des Garcons, and Louis Vuitton.

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Locations: Multiple locations in Japan, find the closest store here.

 

Undercover

Undercover streetwear

Undercover is one of the first streetwear brands, appealing to both high-end and street audiences for nearly 30 years. The brand’s motto, “We make noise, not clothes” perfectly describes its aesthetic, which is a mix of punk and goth. Each piece is like a work of art, making the brand very popular and sought after. Collaborations include Nike Sportswear and Uniqlo.

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Locations: Multiple locations in Tokyo, find the closest store here.

 

Uniqlo

Uniqlo (short for “Unique Clothing”) is one of the most famous Japanese clothing brands for simple and reliable fashion. The brand prides itself on expertly made and long-lasting designs. Clothing and accessory collaborations have included Andy Warhol designs, Star Wars, Disney and Keith Haring. Top PGA golfer Adam Scott and tennis player Novak Djokovic wear Uniqlo designs. Don’t miss the massive 12-story flagship store in Ginza! Check out our article on Uniqlo here!

 

visvim

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If you are looking for the best in high-end Japanese men and women’s fashions, look no further than visvim Omotesando at their flagship store in the Gyre building. Founded in 2000 by designer Hiroki Nakamura, visvim mixes Japanese minimalism with Americana themes. visvim offers premium denim and high-quality cotton shirts and button-downs, mixing vintage-inspired fabrics with clean lines of modern fashion. The shop’s intricately designed interior enhances your experience while browsing for the next addition to your wardrobe. Check out our article on visvim Omotesando here!

 

WTAPS

WTAPS streetwear

Tetsu Nishiyama created the WTAPS streetwear brand in 1996. Designs are heavily inspired by military styles, however recent collections have incorporated more preppy and trad (Traditional American) looks. WTAPS has also collaborated with other popular streetwear brands, including Supreme, A Bathing Ape, and Vans. The GIP Store in Shibuya and other authorized dealers carry the WTAPS brand.

Website (English) ||| Instagram

Nearest Station: 8-minute walk from Harajuku Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

Hours of Operation: 12:00 a.m. -8:00 p.m.; Closed on the last Monday of every month

 

Yoshida & Co. (Porter)

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Yoshida & Co. is a high-end bag and accessories brand that prides themselves in designing and manufacturing their products in Japan. They are best known for their Porter and Luggage labels and have featured the likes of the cartoon Peanuts and Eric Clapton on their bags. Yoshida & Co.’s products are made with high-quality materials and are targeted towards both men and women and include luggage, briefcases, backpacks, and wallets. Their pieces are found in over 700 stores worldwide. Check out our article on Yoshida & Co. here!

February 10, 2017 0 comment
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Harajuku Cassidy

Cassidy Home Grown

Cassidy Home Grown is a modern boutique that caters towards a modern Japanese style of clothing. With a range of gingham, striped, printing shirts, jackets and cargo pants in a range of different styles and colors, it’s fits perfectly into a wardrobe that has a need for some Japanese aesthetics!

Cassidy Home Grown ‘s clothing style is simple, casual and cool yet somewhat sophisticated. The clothing that they carry seem to be for more mature individuals in their mid 20s who are starting careers, as it leans more towards smart-casual than youth culture. It’s not like the average Street style you see around Harajuku. But in my opinion it’s a great a style that for dates – so fellas, if you want to impress a girl, think about wearing Cassidy Home Grown!

Cassidy Home Grown ‘s fabrics range from linen and jersey fabric for t-shirts to a whole range of thin to heavy cottons and brushed cottons and denims. These are great qualities which make their lines great for everyday wear. The boutique also has a great range of accessories such as shoes, socks, hats belts and handkerchiefs.

In regards to your wallet, most of the clothing is affordable to mid-range, and they have a great selection to mix and match from. It’s the perfect place to check out if you’re in need of a quick fashion fix for a day out!

 

Cassidy Home Grown Shibuya Location Information

Website (Japanese-English mix) ||| Facebook (Japanese) ||| Instagram ||| Tumblr (Japanese) ||| Online Store (via Google Translate)

Nearest Station: 3-minute walk from Meiji-jingumae Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

Hours of Operation: Open daily 12am – 8pm

Why Go? Sophisticated, affordable and easy men’s fashion that will get you ready for any outing!

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January 3, 2017 0 comment
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Earth Music & Ecology

Earth Music & Ecology

 

Earth Music & Ecology is a women’s brand that focuses on naturally-styled clothing. As suggested in their brand name, their clothing portrays an emulsion of earthy styles with a hint of music and ecology. Formed in 1999, Earth、Music & Ecology is a well-established brand whose clothes are simply beautiful. With shops based in Harajuku, Ikebukuro, and Shinjuku, Earth, Music & Ecology is a brand worth checking out wherever you are!

Encompassing the brand name, their style is casual yet chic. Earth Music & Ecology focuses on the feminine aesthetic verging on an almost Boho Chic style, with a few wool and lace garments. From baggy shirts, tops, pleated skirts to wide legged pants in a wide variety of neutral colors, embellishments and styles, their clothes are appropriate for either the office or an outing. The qualities of their fabrics are of commercial standard and utilize a wide variety from soft jerseys for their t-shirts, plaid and plain natural cottons for their shirts and blouses, and lightweight wools for their cardigans. Their clothes cater individuals from their teenage years to late 40s. Their styles are great for any occasion from casual to evening outing wear. Earth Music & Ecology clothes are great for filling out the wardrobe of the woman on the move! Beyond the brand, the shop also has a whole range of great accessories such as boating hats, bracelets, necklaces, bags and comfy shoes.

The fit is Japanese-style for most of the clothing. Whether the piece is baggy, fitted, or long and flowing so it is advised to try them on before purchasing! (Use our handy guide on to buy clothes in Japan here, complete with handy size conversion charts!)

Earth Music & Ecology is an affordable brand that is relaxed, cool, and casual, and looks great no matter where you’re going today!

 

Earth Music & Ecology Location Information

Website (via Google Translate) ||| Facebook (Japanese) ||| Twitter (via Google Translate) ||| Instagram ||| Online Store (via Google Translate)

Nearest Station: Many locations throughout Tokyo. Our favorite was a Ikebukuro Sunshine City, an 8-minute walk from Higashi-Ikebukuro Station (Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line) or a 12-minute walk from Ikebukuro Station (many lines stop here) (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

Hours of Operation: Open daily 10am – 8pm

“Why Go?”: Earthy, simply beautiful clothes that are easy to wear and style.

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December 28, 2016 0 comment
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Tsumori Chisato Aoyama Tokyo Japan 1

Tsumori Chisato Aoyama Tokyo Japan 1

Tsumori Chisato is a Japanese fashion designer whose brand comes from an array of exciting and unique inspirations. Her fashions, which have spread from Japan to the rest of the world, are based on “things that will make you smile and are interesting for both men and women.” We here at EnableJapan.com were lucky enough to visit the flagship store in Aoyama to get the inside scoop on the Tsumori Chisato brand!

(Note that all products were photographed in August 2016. The Tsumori Chisato brand moves fast, and there is always something new to wear!)

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The Tsumori Chisato style is girly but sexy. She has a universal audience, ranging from teens to 60s. Regardless of age, she appeals! Her inspirations and concepts come from art, music, and especially her travels. Although some design ideas may come from one of the other in-house textile designers or shape designers, most of the inspiration comes from Tsumori Chisato herself.

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On the day we visited, the designs featured were based on her travels to Iceland. The inspiration she took from her trip influenced her print design, motifs and colour choices. The pieces emulate the view of Iceland, as painted in watercolour. The Icelandic theme was represented throughout the range of men’s and women’s t-shirts and jumpers.

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The current collection shows a story of her travels across Iceland, but Tsumori Chisato is always looking for inspiration. Her collections come from the new stories she is constantly spinning. Her line is every-changing, and every season you’ll be able to immerse yourself in a new tale whenever you visit the shop.

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Tsumori Chisato’s work has an obvious worldwide appeal. Her designs focus on Japanese pattern-cutting mixed with Western style techniques. Her range of dresses, skirts, t-shirts and pants all have unique and playful prints.  Prints, checks, paintings,  and her trademark cat illustration make appearances every season with each new design. And her work is not just for women! Tsumori Chisato also has a line of men’s wear, all of which follows the same design concept as the women’s lines. So if you’re looking for ‘couple’s outfits’, the Tsumori Chisato is the perfect place to look!

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The Aoyama shop wouldn’t be a flagship store without some extra perks. Some garments are completely exclusive to this store. Even the shopping bags are exclusive! And the Aoyama store gets the new products and fashion lines first, so it’s the place to be if you want fresh-off-the-line Tsumori Chisato clothes.

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The Tsumori Chisato flagship store in Aoyama is a great place to find imaginative and exclusive clothing from a world-renowned designer. Be sure to visit when you are in Tokyo!

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Tsumori Chisato Aoyama Location Information

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Nearest Station: 4-minute walk from Omotesando Station A5 exit (click on the Google Map for directions)

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

“Why Go?”: Happy, high-end fashion with global appeal from a world-famous designer!

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September 9, 2016 0 comment
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Antigravite Daikanyama

Antigravite

Angravite is a boutique with a name that represents a “relaxed feeling on the rooftops of Paris.” “Women who want to enjoy fashion freely” is their motto, and their relaxed style reflects their modern, sophisticated sensibilities. Their clothes gave me a feeling of freshness, with simple shapes in plain colours and very few prints.

Antigravite fashion lines feature loose, wide legged pants, pleated skirts, shirts, tops and blouses. With use of structured thick cottons, linens, silks and sheer fabrics, you’re bound to find something that works with your wardrobe!

Antigravite also offers a small range of men’s wear, with short and long sleeve shirts that come in fitted, loose and long styles. Their selected coloured and plain wide-legged shorts and some mandarin collar-top shirts can be a staple looks for any season.

With the boutique hosting a range of clothing from both their own brand and selected pieces from other popular brands,  prices range from mid- to high-range. If you’re looking for some simple and eye-catching Japanese-styled clothes, Antigravite is the place to go!

The clothes from Antigravite use a Japanese sizing scheme. As always, I suggest trying everything on before you buy. This is where our handy sizing and fitting guide comes in handy! 

Antigravite Location Information

Website (via Google Translate) | Facebook (Japanese) | Instagram

Nearest Station: 3-minute walk from Daikan-Yama Station (Tokyu Toyoko Line) (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: Open daily 12:00 am – 8:00 pm

“Why Go?”: Fresh, breezy, and simple fashions perfect for a lazy day in!

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September 9, 2016 0 comment
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Harajuku street fashion is a culmination of all things weird, trendy, and uniquely Japanese. And the best place to go in Tokyo to get that Harajuku Girl look is Takeshita Street. Not only is this pedestrian street a hub for the culture of youth street fashion, it’s also great fun! During your trip to Tokyo, be sure to check out these spots!

(If you’re worried about the differences in sizing, check out our great article on size conversions here!)

Harajuku Street Fashion: 6% DOKIDOKI

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You can’t miss the pink and pastel exterior of 6% DokiDoki. With ribbons and glitter practically spill right out onto the street, 6% DOKIDOKI is the perfect place to start assembling your Harajuku Girl outfit.

Check out our article on 6% DOKIDOKI here!

 

ACDC Rag

ACDC Rag Harajuku Street Fashion

A fashion mainstay on a street where shops are quick to go out of style. ACDC Rag sells a variety of youth-oriented styles, from Gothic Lolita to punk to hipster. Collaborations with other designers and constant additions to their apparel keeps this brand fresh and exciting.

Check out our ACDC Rag article here!

 

Bubbles

Bubbles Harajuku Street Fashion

Bubbles makes you feel like you’re walking into dollhouse. Everything inside is just so girly! This is the perfect place to go to revamp your wardrobe with pastel sweaters, fuzzy bunny phone cases, and velvet chokers. Make sure to strike a fashionable pose in front of the rose wall!

You can check out this very cute Harajuku Street fashion on the Bubbles Website and Online Store (Google Translate) or check them out on Twitter (via Google Translate) and Instagram.

 

Calbee Plus

Calbee Plus Harajuku Street Fashion

Check out the Calbee Plus shop on Takeshita Street! The menu includes potato chips exclusive to this store, such as freshly-fried potato chips topped with maple syrup, cream cheese, or chocolate. And they have soft ice cream for those hot summer days! Packaged snacks make for delicious souvenirs for friends and family!

Check out our Calbee Plus article here!

Etude House

Etude House Harajuku Street Fashion

Etude House is the perfect place to visit for your makeup needs. This Korean cosmetics brand has a large line of cosmetics for every age and skin type.  Before buying, feel free to test out the products and ask for personalized help from a makeup specialist. You can also go to their in-store studio for a makeup lesson and a custom makeover!

You can see what Etude House has to offer on their Website (via Google Translate). Follow them on social media at Facebook (Japanese only), on Twitter (via Google Translate) , or their Instagram.

Harajuku Alta

Harajuku Alta Harajuku Street Fashion

Harajuku Alta is a multi-level mall containing a large selection of stores that will have you screaming “kawaii!” Favorites include Choco Choco by SWIMMER and the Harajuku Lagrace Mart, where you can find great accessories and shoes. Check out Harajuku Alta’s Website (via Google Translate) to see what’s happening now.

Hysteric Glamour

Like printed tees and denim vests? Hysteric Glamour is the place to go! With a laid-back California aesthetic and a rock ‘n’ roll mindset, this place can help you with a layered grunge look that mixes in that little bit of Japanese something.

Check out our article on Hysteric Glamour here!

Kawaii Monster Cafe

Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku Tokyo JapanIt’s not a clothing store, but no trip to Harajuku is complete without a stop at the Kawaii Monster Cafe. When people think of the crazy fashions, pastel-neon colors, and outrageous nuttiness of that aspect of Japanese culture, this is the place they’re thinking of! The bizarre decor, hyperactive floor shows, and high-speed pop beat is the perfect background for your Facebook and Instagram photos.

Check out our Kawaii Monster Cafe article here!

Lazy Hazy Planet

Lazy Hazy Planet Harajuku Street Fashion

Lazy Hazy Planet runs the gamut of Harajuku Street fashion. Glitter to goth, Levi’s to leather, L.H.P. has seen and done it all. And when you go inside, you realize they have it all! Lazy Hazy Planet is a perfect mix-and-match place to experiment with new looks.

Check out our article on L.H.P. here!

LINE Friends Store

LINE Friends Store Harajuku Street Fashion

Fashion isn’t limited to your clothing! If you use the LINE application, the LINE Friends Store at the end of Takeshita Street is a must-go. You can get your picture taken with Brown, pick up exclusive wear and accessories, and even get the exclusive virtual stickers to show your LINE friends that you were fashionably there.

Check out our LINE Friends Harajuku article here!

Milk

Lolita fashion - Milk Storefront in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan

Lolita fashion is still alive and well in the Harajuku street fashion scene. For 45 years, Milk has been catering to the Lolita community with a constant stream of frilly and Victorian fashions. Whether you are new to the Lolita idea or a longtime fan, visiting this fashion landmark is always special.

Check out our article on Milk here!

Paris Kid’s

Paris Kids Harajuku Street Fashion

Need some cheap, trendy, and fashionable accessories? Paris Kid’s is the only place to go. the walls are lined with thousands of earrings, rings, necklaces, and bracelets that will put the finishing touches on your new look. Frequented by young girls and women alike, what keeps people coming back are the prices. None of the accessories or jewelry at this store cost more than 500 yen!

Check out our Paris Kid’s article here and get the discount!

Q-pot CAFE.

Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

The Q-pot CAFE makes fabulous accessories to round our your wardrobe. And not only that, you can have a taste of the “accessory sweets” they have at the cafe! And the SE”Q”RET room? Well, you’ll just have to go and find out for yourself! Check out our Q-pot CAFE. article here!

Totti Candy Factory

Totti Candy Factory Harajuku Street fashion

You know you’re near the Totti Candy Factory when you start smelling sugar and sweets. Inside this pink polka-dotted shop, you’ll find decorated cake pops and a wall lined with all kinds of candy for your scooping pleasure. Their signature item is made-to-order cotton candy that is make right in front of you! Delicious fun for every age.

Check out the Totti Candy Factory’s Website (Google Translate) or follow them on social media at Twitter (via Google Translate) or on Instagram.

Tutuanna

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It’s so pink and girly and sweet that you’ll have to brush your teeth afterwards. Tutuanna is the place to go for leg wear and socks. Because as we all know, no Harajuku Girl look is complete without pink cat hosiery!

Check out our article on Tutuanna here

WC

WC Harajuku Street Fashion

Bring out your girly and sweet side by visiting WC! This shop is filled with clothes and accessories to match the pastel and neon decor to get you dressing like a true Harajuku Girl. Update your wardrobe with the bunny-eared sweatshirts, cheetah-print backpacks, and velvet jackets that you can only find here!

Check out this Harajuku Street fashion at their Website or check their social media at Twitter (via Google Translate) or Instagram.

Wego

Wego Harajuku Street Fashion

With locations all over Tokyo and Japan, Wego is a testament of how often Harajuku Street fashion shifts from trend to trend. If you want fashion and accessories that will turn you into a street fashionista for a reasonable price, head to Wego!

Check out our article on Wego here!

Wonder Rocket

Wonder Rocket Harajuku Street Fashion

With two locations on Takeshita Street, Wonder Rocket sells Mori-style clothing and accessories ranging from sweet dresses and tops to fuzzy heels and bags. Although they are already reasonably priced, it pays to be on the lookout for Wonder Rocket’s 50% off sales!

Check out what’s going on at Wonder Rocket at their Website (via Google Translate) or on their Facebook (Japanese only), Twitter (via Google Translate), or Instagram.

World Wide Love

World Wide Love Harajuku Tokyo JapanWhere’s the love? It’s at World Wide Love! The brand of the spray-painted smiley face covers your street style fashion needs while never straying too far from whimsy. Check out their great collaborations!

Check out our article on World Wide Love here!

June 20, 2016 0 comment
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Here are five key tips for buying Western-sized clothing in Japan. Make sure you also check out the size converter below for when you’re out shopping in Tokyo!

Tip 1: Always try things on

Unless you have found an XL or an L that you are pretty confident will fit you, try things on. This can be difficult because some small boutiques in Tokyo don’t have dressing rooms. What may look like it will fit can often turn out to be a disaster. I tried on a large T-shirt once and felt like the hulk.

Tip 2: Know your size in cm

This can help with shopping for clothes and especially with shoes. A lot of cheap shoe stores go by S, M, L, and LL. If you have average-sized feet you’re probably an L or LL, but again, only trying them on is definitive. Other shoe stores sort footwear by centimeters which can help you narrow down your selection and find a better fitting shoe. Other clothing items are also sometimes labeled by cm. If you’re unsure about Japanese sizes there are conversion charts online that can help.

Note: If you’re having trouble finding shoes that fit, Shinjuku’s 0101 actually carries sizes above 25cm!

Tip 3: When in doubt, go for brand name or chain stores

They are more likely to have the size charts as well as larger sizes. The tiny shops in the arcade strip malls are great for buying cheap but tend to be “one size fits all” (also known as “one size fits small”). This is especially true for underwear stores. The cheap stores only carry medium panties, which in reality are XS, but the brand name stores have a variety of sizes.

Tip 4: Foreign stores tend to carry Western sizes

Basically, look at H&M, Forever 21, Gap, Old Navy, etc. The Diver City Tokyo Plaza in Odaiba is a great place to stop since it’s got all of these shops in one spot (plus you can stop by the nearby Eggs ‘n Things for an American-style breakfast). You can find sizes for many different regions right on the tag and they tend to be what Western expats think of as normal. The one problem is that since the brands are selling in Asia they tend to have a surplus of S-size products. However, if you need clothes at decent prices, these are the places to go.

Last tip: You can shop at Japanese stores

Uniqlo carries stylish budget-friendly clothing in a wide variety of sizes that fit larger frames comfortably. Plus Uniqlo is everywhere, unlike many of the imported brands. For clothing that’s a bit more high-end, the 0101 department store in East Shinjuku carries a thorough selection of clothing up through plus sizes. Finally, Tutuanna is a great place to shop when you’re looking for lingerie or legwear in larger sizes.

Below is the conversions for Japanese sizes, which may come in handy when shopping! And while you’re out shopping, you may as well check out the Top 10 Japanese Clothing Brands.

Japan size conversions

Women:

Women Dress Size
Women Shirt Size
Women Bra Size
Women Pants/Underwear
Women Footwear

Men:

Men Suits/Coats/Sweaters
Men Dress Shirts
Men Pants
Men Shoes

Children:

Infant Clothing Size
Children Dress Size
Children General Sizes
Children Shoe Sizes
Children Shoe Sizes

June 2, 2016 0 comment
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Takeshita Street Featured Image, Harajuku Tokyo

Harajuku is, without a doubt, one of the most recognizable areas of Tokyo. To visit the area’s trendy streets, full of colorful fashion and endless shopping, is a crucial activity for a trip through Tokyo. Situated right next to the notorious Shibuya, Harajuku is an epicenter of fashion, youth, and counterculture.

But as dazzling as this neighborhood is, it can seem daunting to wade through its madness. While it may be easy to follow the current of a large crowd, Harajuku has certain unique and must-see spots that serve as perfect introductions to the area’s charm and reputation. Three streets in particular, Takeshita Dori, Meiji Street, and Cat Street, are the basis for a guide to Tokyo’s hip and lively Harajuku.

Takeshita Street

With an entrance located across the street and to the left from Harajuku Station, Takeshita Street is a Harajuku landmark, full of the counterculture, quirky Japanese souvenirs and accessories, and trending fashion that defines Harajuku. Often crowded and colorful, Takeshita Dori contains numerous small clothing boutiques and trinket stores. Takeshita Street can seem overwhelming and dizzying, but has so much to offer that it’s hard not to emerge with full shopping bags of unique and totally necessary items.

Takeshita

Crepe Stands – As it’s no question that shopping is a highly physical activity, you’ll find yourself feeling pretty hungry as your day in Harajuku progresses. Make sure to stop by one of the various creperies scattered throughout Takeshita Dori. These colorful crepe stands offer a wide variety of crepes, ranging from desserts to lunch crepes. The best thing about the crepes you’ll find on Takeshita Street (and surrounding its entrance on Meiji Street) is that they are made to go, so you’ll be able to find a quiet corner to enjoy your snack.

Candy A Go Go! – Another place on Takeshita Dori to indulge yourself in food rather than fashion, Candy A Go Go! is a large, colorful, and vibrant candy store that’s hard to miss. It’s usually crowded, a clear indication of just how popular the store’s candy is. Candy A Go Go! is an amusement park for candy. It’s filled with candy of different shapes, sizes, colors, and flavors. It’s quite easy to leave with not just tons of candy, but some toothaches, as well. It’s a perfect place to pick up some candy that’s unique to Japan.

Small stores and boutiques – Lining Takeshita Dori are tons of boutiques and stores selling a range of clothing and accessories. These stores often carry the latest trends as well as pieces for a more counterculture style. Many unique and affordable items can be found all throughout Takeshita Dori’s small boutiques and stores, and are perfect for achieveing a quirky individual style. Also in many small stores and boutiques are cosplay pieces and accessories, as well as shirts, bags, and even pants sporting Disney and anime characters.

Meiji Street

Meiji Street is a long strip of stores, restaurants, department stores, and boutiques. There are many high-end stores as well as affordable options to choose from. Likewise, Meiji Street offers original Japanese brand clothing and accessories, as well as foreign and Western brands. Walking straight down from the station, you will reach a large intersection. Turning left or right situates you on Meiji Street. It is usually a crowded, bustling street, full of youthful trends and fashion statements.

WegoWego is a popular, fashionable, and lively chain of stores found in Tokyo. Many of the clothes, accessories, bags, and shoes are affordable yet well made. Wego is always up-to-date with the latest trends and styles. Pieces from Wego range from simple and basic to unique and bold. Wego also sells many graphic tees and sweatshirts with quirky designs, patterns, and phrases. You will definitely want to take something home with you from Wego, and one can be found on Meiji Street, right near the large Jonathan’s.

Tokyu Plaza Omotesando – This shopping complex is hard to miss. Heading straight from Harajuku Station and reaching the intersection, you will find Tokyu Plaza Omotesando right across the street, situated on the street corner. The complex features several floors of various shopping boutiques, selling items such as women’s clothes, jewelry, and even souvenirs and hobbyist collectibles. There are many different styles to choose from here, as well as a few cafes and coffee shops.

LaForet – LaForet is one of Harajuku’s most recognized shopping complexes. This large department store features a huge selection of shops and boutiques catering to different styles and trends. With a basement level, two half-basement levels, six upper levels, and several half upper levels, LaForet is a colossal shopping building full of vibrancy and youth. It is fairly easy to, sometimes unwittingly, spend many hours in LaForet perusing the vast multitude of shops, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants.

Cat Street

Cat Street, Harajuku, Tokyo

Cat Street is Harajuku’s laid-back, quieter shopping street. It runs parallel to Meiji Street and feels more downtown than other areas of Harajuku. Shoppers are usually older, and stores and boutiques are usually more expensive. Cat Street provides a leisurely shopping experience, as it is generally less crowded than Takeshita Dori or Meiji Street, but it is no less vibrant and animated. Alongside chic stores and boutiques are many small cafes for a quick bite to eat. Access Cat Street through its entrance on Omotesando Avenue or through one of Meiji Street’s many side streets.

Beauty and Youth – A sophisticated women’s clothing store, catering to all ages. In addition to women’s clothing, Beauty and Youth also sells jewelry, shoes, and various other accessories. In the store there is also a home goods section, selling many miscellaneous home and interior decorative goods. The store carries the Beauty and Youth label, and other name brands, such as Levi’s, Adidas, and Lee. Beauty and Youth clothing is elegant, sporty, and chic, and while the clothing is expensive, the high quality will ensure they last you a lifetime.

W Closet – A small boutique that sells the trending styles but for more reasonable prices compared to other outlets on Cat Street. With its rustic interior, W Closet has a cool, down to earth atmosphere, much like Cat Street itself. The clothes are simple yet fashionable, complimenting a variety of individual styles and outfits. From jeans to stripe shirts, cropped sweaters to colorful sneakers, W Closet provides a more affordable yet no less trendy shopping experience on Cat Street.

too cool for school – This small makeup store can be found on both Cat Street and Meiji Street. A Korean cosmetics brand, too cool for school sells a variety of makeup and cosmetics in different shades and sizes. The boutique’s eyeliners, mascaras, blushes, and eye shadows are high quality and diverse, complimenting different skin tones and styles. In addition to makeup, too cool for school sells moisturizers, soaps, and facial masks, and the sales employees will let you try the cosmetics from their testing samples.

Harajuku has even more to offer than the shops, boutiques, and food venues listed in this guide. Exploring the multiple winding side streets, small stores, and restaurants is a great way to fully experience Tokyo’s center for trend setting.

Got some extra time to spend in the Harajuku and Omotesando area? We recommend visiting the bird cafe, indulging in some budget-friendly shopping in Omotesando and visiting the oh-so-cute Line Store.

December 27, 2015 0 comment
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Shopping Plaza on Takeshita-dori, Harajuku, Tokyo

Pop icons like Gwen Stefani and movies like Lost in Translation have elevated Harajuku and Omotesando to superstar status. Media portrayal of the area may lead you to expect nothing more than hoards or lolita girls with frilled parasols and layers of petticoats with carousel and cakes themes, or maybe even the darker side of “goth lolita.” But the culture and atmosphere of Harajuku and Omotesando is so varied and deep that a whole day really should be dedicated to it lest you miss something that you will never forget.

Before we get started, check out our video guide to Harajuku!

 

 To begin your journey, exit JR Yamanote Line’s Harajuku Station and start your day with an exploration of Meiji Jingu, a Shinto shrine tucked away in an enormous swath of trees. An interesting place for people watching, you can often catch sight of a Japanese-style wedding party as you head towards the shrine. Though the shrine itself is often crowded with visitors who have come to pray or buy good luck charms, you can find quiet pockets where you can enjoy views of Shinjuku’s skyscrapers if you take some extra time to explore the nooks and crannies of the shrine grounds.

Meiji Jingu Shrine harajuku and omotesando

Meiji Jingu shrine building, harajuku and omotesando

Hand washing at Meiji Jingu, harajuku and omotesando

Entrance to Meiji Jingu Shrine harajuku and omotesando

Omikuji, Meiji Jingu shrine, harajuku and omotesando

Meiji Jingu Shrine harajuku and omotesando

When you feel energized and ready to tackle the vibrant and often jam-packed streets of Harajuku, head back towards Harajuku Station, cross the street and turn left. When you walk through the arch of Harajuku’s Takeshita-dori (with an LED screen to welcome you in full regalia to boot) what will first hit you is not the fashion. Instead it is the sheer amount of pink, on the sides of the buildings and in the shops and on the people.

Shopping Plaza on Takeshita-dori, harajuku and omotesando

The highlights of Takeshita-dori are definitely in the super kawaii lolita and accessory shops that line the street. After stopping by Milk, one of the top lolita shops in Harajuku, head to Body Line, located on the second floor about halfway down the street. Body Line has a long and storied history and a strong and dedicated band of followers. Their clientele knows that Body Line is not a place for cheap deals and steals. Rather, Body Line is a place where you will get the best quality handmade garments around.

Another great spot to hit up on Takeshita-dori is the chain store Tutuanna. This hosiery store has everything from socks designed to be hidden under your high heels to special control top shapewear, plus some of the most unique stockings you will be able to find in Harajuku.

Tutuanna on Takeshita-dori, harajuku and omotesando

If you’re in the mood for a snack, Takeshita-dori is lined with famous crepe shops. We recommend Marion Crepes since it’s been filling happy bellies since 1976, but you really can’t go wrong wherever you stop. Though you can always opt for a savory crepe, doesn’t a warm, freshly baked crepe filled with a slice of cheesecake and ice cream sound so much better? After all, why go to Harajuku if you don’t want to experience the unicorn princess lifestyle? So dig into all of the parfaits, flavored popcorn, and chocolates you can find!

Crepe Stand, harajuku and omotesando

The last few steps of Takeshita-dori is where you can find the hipster and new age grunge fashions that are recently gaining popularity in the Tokyo fashion world. As you exit Takeshita-dori, you move into Omotesando, an eye-opening experience after emerging from the crowded and cramped Harajuku. The main highway-like roads are four lanes wide and people move from street to street in Shibuya-style masses. Stores like Forever 21 and H&M stand three or four stories tall and the sidewalks are gently shaded with rows of leafy trees. In a way, it almost feels like New York’s Soho nestled itself in the middle of a park. Despite both Harajuku and Omotesando having a commercial appearance, there is a treasure trove of little backstreets and exclusive boutiques to explore.

For a more laid-back and adult version of Takeshita-dori, try walking along Cat Street. To find it, take the street right next to the impressive five story shopping mall Gyre, and a hidden village-like walkway will open up to you. You’ll not only find several recognizable brand name shops like Adidas and Keene, but also Japan-exclusive stores.Ragtag, for example, hosts one of the widest selection of vintage and secondhand women’s and men’s clothing and home furnishings selection around. Although the prices at Ragtag are nowhere as cheap as you will find at Salvation Army or Goodwill, this place is a great store to walk away with some vintage Japanese and foreign designer labels.

Cat Street, Harajuku, harajuku and omotesando

Cat Street is good at hiding the best gems Omotesando has to offer, so keep your eyes peeled. What looks like a whitewashed garden gate is actually one of the best doughnut and bagel places in Omotesando, and be sure to walk up to the second level of the various buildings to find boutiques that may have only 25 or 30 items at most for sale. (For more unique ideas on where to shop, visit our Cat Street shopping guide.)

And Omotesando isn’t just about fashion. Whether you are 5 or 50, who can resist a quirky, wild and out there toy store? For both the innovative and the cute, take a stop by Kiddyland. With five floors to explore, the kid in you can run rampant, play with legos, look at Star Wars stuff, and hang out with Hello Kitty. Each floor is dedicated to a different genre and it’s like living Rudolph’s The Island of Misfit Toys, but so much happier! Dive headfirst into The Peanuts, anything Studio Ghibli, Hello Kitty, Rilakkuma, Gundam, Lego, and essentially every other kind of toy you can think of!

Omotesando Hills harajuku and omotesando

Omotesando Hills shopping complex

Aside from shopping, Omotesando is a great place to enjoy a snack. If you are still coming down from your sugar high after Takeshita-dori, grab a California-style avocado burger or Cesar salad from one of the many cafes and bars that line the street. Another alternative is Mos Cafe, which is like everyone’s favorite burger joint Mos Burger, but with a wider menu and delicious handcrafted salads and bento dishes.

If you have a hardcore sweet tooth, the handmade candy shop Candy Showtime turns gargantuan logs of spun sugar into little droplets of candy art right in front of your eyes. Also, get in on the latest food trend sweeping the Japanese nation: popcorn!! You will see lines two blocks deep of fans waiting to get a taste of KuKuRuZa Popcorn and it is highly suggested that you go and see what all the fuss is about!

Heiroku Sushi harajuku and omotesando

Whatever you choose to do in Harajuku and Omotesando, just keep one thing in mind: while it is a blast to see the major landmarks and famous establishments, this area of Tokyo has such a rich fashion and cultural history that it would be a shame to just stay on the beaten path. Make the experience your own and explore the never-ending back streets and tiny alleys where the true fashion and culinary delights are to be found. That way you will be able to carry away with you a piece of Harajuku and Omotesando that is truly yours. So get out to Harajuku and Omotesando and have fun!

If you’re looking for more shopping ideas in Omotesando, visit Omotesando on a Budget: 5 Must-Visit Shops and Cafes.

Note: To go directly into the heart of Omotesando, head to the Tokyo Metro’s Omotesando station instead. Either place is extremely easy to get to and if you are unfamiliar with the kanji for Omotesando and Harajuku, most signs will also have English incorporated so you will be good to go!

March 6, 2015 0 comment
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Beams Clothing Store, Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan

Beams is a fashion label that stands out for men’s, women’s, and children’s fashion both in Japan and in the fashion blog universe. They have locations all over Japan, but have absolutely dominated one area of Harajuku with several stores for different demographics spanning the entirety of one street block.

Along this stretch of Harajuku’s Meiji-dori you can visit a variety of Beams branches and have a unique shopping experience at each store. You can stop by the branch that specializes in shoes and get yourself some new kicks, or go to the kid’s store to pick up some new duds for the little ones. But if you have never been to any of their locations, you should start at the main store in the center of all the other branches. At the central Beams store, you can get some great items for your wardrobe and daily life and discover what the label is all about. The central Beams location targets the fashion-conscious male, but the ladies can find some fun and flirty fashions at the other Beams stores along Harajuku’s Meiji-dori.

The Beams style and sensibility is designed for all fashion tastes and seasons. In addition to a variety of quirky T-shirts featuring the “Beams Bear,” be sure to seek out their casual-yet-streamlined button-down shirts and leather loafers. Beams also offers a selection of stylish jewelry and accessories, where you can get anything from solid silver key rings to single-strand turquoise necklaces and rope bracelets.


While Beams does offer plenty of fresh additions to your wardrobe, they can also help you stay stylish while you are out and about having adventures! They have a large offering of day packs for short hikes as well as pocket knives and other handy wilderness necessities.

So the next time you are on Harajuku’s Meiji-dori, be sure to stop by Beams and style yourself!

For more famous Japanese clothing brands, visit our article Top 10 Japanese Clothing Brands.

Beams Harajuku Store Information

Website | Facebook (Japanese only) | Twitter (Japanese only) | Instagram | YouTube | Flickr | Online Store (primarily Japanese)

Nearest Station: 8-minute walk from Harajuku JR station, or 7-minute walk from Meijijingu-Mae station (double-click on the Google map to get directions)

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

“Why Go”?: fashionable yet comfortable clothing from a worldwide brand.

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