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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.

Website (English) ||| Facebook (English) ||| Twitter (via Google Translate) ||| Instagram ||| Vimeo

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)

Yoshida Omotesando 1 streetwear

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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Keshiki Classic 3

Keshiki Classic 3

Based in Harajuku, KESHIKI Classic is a men’s boutique that stocks both new and used clothes. It’s a 2nd floor store that covers a good range of garments from polo shirts, casual blazers, jackets, long sleeve tops, and hoodies. KESHIKI Classic covers all of your basic wardrobe needs and also features a good range of accessories.

KESHIKI Classic’s style is what you would describe as your ‘hipster’ type clothes in the West, as they focus on fitted shirts, a range of colored blazers, polo shirts, and lowered waist casual fit rolled hem pants. All of their clothes (as befits their locality) have a Japanese twist–the fit is somewhat baggy and not very form fitting, as preferred in Japanese styles. The shaping of most the garments are very straight due to the fabric used having very little shaping attributes. The clothes are both easy to wear and stylish and will go with your current wardrobe as well as anything else in their shop.

Now, the quality of each piece ranges from average to high-end as they use a variety of denims, silks, t-shirt jersey, thick cottons, and linens. KESHIKI Classic also covers a range of accessories from belts, cuffed bracelets, shoes and necklaces that will easily complete any outfit. In regards to pricing, KESHIKI Classic caters toward the mid- to high-end pocketbooks, which means that you could spend quite a bit in this shop. Still, if you like their comfortable range of clothing as well as an occasional surprise from the used section, KESHIKI Classic should be on your fashion treasure-hunting list!

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Keshiki CLASSIC Location Information

Website (Japanese only) ||| Twitter (Japanese) ||| Instagram ||| Tumblr ||| Online Store (Japanese and English)

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

Hours of Operation: Open daily 11am – 8pm

Why Go?: For modern, stylish and easy wearing men’s wear!

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January 5, 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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Yoyogi National Gymnasium Showcase Tours

Yoyogi National Gymnasium Showcase Tours

Being a jeans-and-sweatshirt kind of guy, I do not go to Harajuku often. I have fashion writers for that sort of thing. Much younger fashion writers, who know the brands and can talk to Harajuku girls about the hottest new trends. I am glad I have those writers. There is no way I can approach a girl half my age and ask about what she’s wearing without the police becoming involved.

But there’s another side to Harajuku and Shibuya that doesn’t involve me embarrassing myself in a dressing room. I like history and I like a good story. Harajuku has a lot of stories, and Showcase tours can tell you all of them.

“This area used to be US military housing,” Yuka says. She is a slim Japanese woman who speaks English with an American Midwestern accent, a souvenir from a childhood spent in Chicago.

“Here?” We are standing on a bridge overlooking the grounds of Yoyogi National Gymnasium, designed by architect Tange Kenzo for the 1964 Summer Olympics. I look to the right and see the entrance to Yoyogi Park. If I crane my neck a little, I can see the entrance to Meiji Shrine.

“Right here,” she confirms. She relates the story of how the Gymnasium was built. We are on Showcase’s Harajuku – Omotesando Architecture Tour, but we aren’t just talking about building design techniques. A city’s history can be found in its construction choices. Why is this building here? What was here before? Go ahead and ask. The answers will tell you about a Tokyo on the rebound, a city that rebuilt itself to host the Olympic Games less than two decades after the end of a devastating war.

A short walk away from the Yoyogi National Gymnasium I learned about the Co-Op Olympia apartments, built in 1965. They were the first “100 million yen” apartments, and were the first in Tokyo to have a concierge service.

As befitting a place of its renown and stature, Harajuku and Shibuya are host to a number of unusual buildings. There is the famous Gyre building, designed by Dutch architects MVRDV, who envisioned a building a stack of spun tiles. Omotesando Branches, designed by Sou Fujimoto, incorporates trees into its design. The Louis Vuitton building’s shape is meant to evoke an impression of stacked suitcases, to give the viewer a feel of travel. And the Sunny Hills building? You just have to see it for yourself–

Sunny Hills Showcase Tours

But the tour isn’t limited to the large and famous buildings. Tokyo has a style all its own, and architecture has had to adapt to changing times and available space. Yuka pointed out a tiny, wedge-shaped building on an intersection near the Iceberg, Audi’s former showroom. That awkward building is an example of “pet architecture,” a term given to the quirky buildings that are built to fit in leftover urban spaces. Later on Cat Street, Yuka told us about the Onden River underneath. “Look at the buildings,” She said. The former family homes were all situated facing away from Cat Street itself, because there was no reason for Japanese people to build their houses facing the dirty, narrow river.

And Showcase Tours aren’t limited to the new. taking a side street, we curved around the back of several buildings and walked right next to a graveyard, mere meters from people buying new suits. We passed by to emerge at Zenkoji Temple, a beautiful example of ancient architecture hidden behind the bustling streets.

Zenkoji Temple Showcase Tours

There is also an example of how the other half lives–not far from the temple is a low-income housing area, slated for demolition. Rows upon rows of squat, stained apartment buildings choked with weeds and sprayed over with graffiti, but one only has to turn around to see billboards for expensive watches over buildings that likely seem worlds away.

The Showcase tour functions not just as an Architecture Tour, but also ably serves shopping tour. “We sometimes have trouble keeping the groups together,” Yuka admits. “People see all of these fabulous places and drift away to go shopping!” It’s not hard to see why, once you pass by the Prada Building and its specially-imported windows, or the side-street boutiques of Cat Street. Take notes! Shopping opportunities abound, and not just on the main streets. All brands start somewhere, and you might just be able to pick up a little something from a label before they get world-famous.

I toured all of these spots and many more, thanks to Showcase Tours. Our three-hour excursion ended with sore feet and a camera full of photos. Harajuku and Omotesando isn’t just for the fashionistas–there are stories here, and not just about the architecture. There is a history, and hidden places that you might otherwise miss if you were just passing by in pursuit of the latest trend.  So go ahead–you can always go shopping later. Showcase Tours are great for history buffs and architecture fans alike!

Showcase Tours Information

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Phone (local): 050-5308-1745, 9am – 6pm

“Why Go?”: Get a personal architecture, history, and shopping tour from the people who know best!

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November 21, 2016 0 comment
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Faline

Faline

Faline Tokyo is another off-Takeshita Dori treasure that can be difficult for the uninitiated to find. But we here at EnableJapan.com are in the know, so now you are too! And you’re in good company. This small shop has been patronized by the likes Gwen Stefani and Sky Ferreia. And when you see the range of accessories adorning its shelves, you’ll also want to join their latest quirky fashion trend!

But where is it? As all the fashionistas know, the best finds in Tokyo aren’t always under the big signs on the main streets. All brands started somewhere, and the back streets and alleys are where you have to go to find tomorrow’s hottest look today. Faline Tokyo is in an alley, likely in a section of you wouldn’t go to unless you are a dedicated Harajuku fashion-trawler. Just follow our map and look for the baby-blue sign with the neon lights.

The Faline style focuses on a relaxed yet quirky aesthetic. Faline Tokyo has their own brand and garments, ranging from printed tees, patterned skirts, dress shirts with printed cartoon characters, and more! The Faline brand has been featured on many “Japanese street style” websites and magazines, and is recognized for its fun and imaginative stylings. And though it is becoming a “known” brand, Faline Tokyo maintains an appeal to all sizes of pocketbooks–the lines feature high-end, mid-range, and affordable priced must-haves.

Faline Tokyo also carries selections from designers such as Jeremy Scott, whose style fits the “Harajuku look.” And don’t pass up their accessories!  they also carry an extensive range of those cute “Harajuku Style” tidbits, including bows, lunchboxes, and hair clips.

The target audience for Faline Tokyo’s designs and selections are younger women, between their teens and mid-twenties. So if you’re feeling daring and rebellious, seek them out in the Takeshita Dori area. It’s a must-shop place for the Tokyo Girl who wants to have fun with her outfits without breaking the bank.

Faline Tokyo Location Information

Website and Online Shop | Facebook (English and Japanese) | Twitter (English and Japanese)

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

Hours of Operation: Open daily 12pm – 9pm.

“Why Go?”: For that oh-so Harajuku street style appeal!

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November 10, 2016 0 comment
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World Wide Love Harajuku Tokyo Japan

World Wide Love Harajuku Tokyo Japan

World Wide Love is a fun and quirky hipster-style brand based in Tokyo. Relaxed and chilled, this brand is targeted toward a younger audience with its funny cuteness with an punk edge. The branch inside the LaForet shopping center in Harajuku is an eye-catcher, with their illustrative graphic tees and checked and printed skirts.

World Wide Love’s signature is a spray-painted smiley face, and they sell an array of hoodies and other clothing with their logo. They have done many collaborations with popular cartoons and anime (One Piece, Garfield, Adventure Time). The brand is exclusive to Japan, so you’ll be sure to stand out back home in your authentic Japanese street-style! World Wide Love also offers a range of footwear, from studded shoes, strappy boots, and the trendy platform sandals that don’t look like they are going out of style any time soon. World Wide Love also offers a range of accessories like leather cuff bracelets, punk-style baseball caps, and spike-studded rings.

The fabric quality of the World Wide Love brand is composed of a basic jersey used in all their t-shirts, cottons for their pants, and sheer organzas and denims. Prices are mid-range, which is very affordable in exchange for the quality and branding that you get in exchange. So if you’re looking for an easy and affordable Japanese street style that you can’t get anywhere else, World Wide Love in Shibuya’s LaForet Shopping Center is the place to go!

World Wide Love Shibuya Location Information

Website (via Google Translate)  | Twitter | Instagram | LINE QR Code | Online Store

Nearest Station: 2-minute walk from Meiji-jingumae Station, 5-minute walk from Harajuku Station (Yamanote Line). Inside the LaForet shopping center. (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: Open daily 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

“Why Go?”: A stylish and affordable street brand that you can only get in Tokyo!

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September 5, 2016 0 comment
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GGD Harajuku Tokyo Japan

GGD Harajuku Tokyo Japan

Focusing on modern Japanese men’s fashion, the GGD brand is stylish, simple, and easy to wear. With mannequins out front displaying their latest offerings, GGD is the place to go for that laissez-faire shopping experience. The brand says it “is armed with creative ideas to express its era, create culture, the boom, calculated silhouette,” which they’ve achieved with their clothing. The shop covers its own range as well as offerings from other brands, all of which fit into a smart-sportswear crossed with hip-hop sensibilities. GGD offers a concept of fashion that is very western and ‘street’ in appearance.

The style of GGD is a reflection of the Tokyo streets. Plaid and animal-print fitted cotton shirts, plain coloured silk screen printed tees, and stylized paneled and ripped jeans fit in every man’s wardrobe and is the uniform of fashion for the younger Japanese men of Tokyo.

GGD Harajuku Location Information

Website and Online Store (via Google Translate) | Facebook (Japanese)

Nearest Station: 4-minute walk from Meiji-jingumae Station; 8-minute walk from Harajuku Station (Yamanote Line) (click on the Google Map for directions)

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

“Why Go?”: Stylish, on trend modern Japanese street fashion.

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August 25, 2016 0 comment
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Christian DADA Harajuku Tokyo Japan

Christian DADA Harajuku Tokyo Japan

Christian DADA, formed by Mansanori Morikawa, is an ever growing Japanese fashion icon. The rebellious spirit within his work definitely makes him a high-end Japanese fashion designer to look for when you’re in Harajuku! Christian DADA is based in a basement floor, which is a little tricky to find. The only form of signage is a small black sign that’s easy to miss (pictured), but hopefully our photo and map will help you find this shop!

Entering the store down the stairs adjacent the large window, you can peer in as you make you way into the monochromatic shop. It is an industrial looking space, unusual for a high-end brand. But once inside, the staff were very nice and willing to tell me about the seasons collection. And they are used to customers coming from all over the world, so they are ready and able to converse in English and describe their fashion line.

Predominantly men’s wear, the clothes in store are edgy, rebellious, and full of punk style. Digital print shirts with great contrast finishing, ripped black skinny jeans, a range of woolen, cashmere and plead woolen dresses and intricate paneled skirts and a whole range of embroidered and colored soft leather jackets. Christian DADA designs are deceptively simple Japanese concept designs. The finishing, detail, and subtle touches to the design of the fly zips, cuffs and collars make the pieces an eye-catching mix between Japanese style and western punk.

The quality of the fabric is great! Christian DADA clothing uses soft leathers, heavy cottons, denims, wools and cashmeres.  Depending on the season, they may also use sheer fabrics and silks. Strong graphics shirts and t-shirts on soft jersey can be worn as one eye-catching outfit or incorporated into your existing wardrobe. It’s a style that will make anybody effortlessly cool!

As befitting a high-end brand, the prices are not for your average clothes shopper. But for the quality, design and concept behind each piece and for the sheer perfection of this brand its worth a check out…even just to see some great embroidered garments.

Christian DADA Harajuku Shop Information

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

Hours of Operation: Open daily 11:00 am – 8:30 pm

“Why Go?”: Edgy, fashionable and completely unique modern Japanese clothing for men and women!

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August 22, 2016 0 comment
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Relume Journal Standard 1

Relume Journal Standard 1

relume Journal Standard is a unisex Japanese fashion brand that focuses on modern Japanese style and trends. The brand reflects this concept with a minimalist design philosophy, making simple yet stylish clothes for everyday wear. relume Journal Standard’s motto is “Just good adult fashion not to stretch.” Their design style is a mix of eastern sewing shape-and-drape techniques with western-style clothing such as linen tops, lowered-crotch harem pants and pleated skirts, sophisticated skinny jeans, and shirts to make an easy everyday style.

Entering any of the numerous shops across Harajuku, Shibuya and Shinjuku you’ll notice that they are split up into different sections. Stores feature printed garments, patterned and graphic illustrations t-shirts, and sweaters. The fabrics of this design are high-quality linens, cottons, and silks. The small sizes may seem intimidating, but the range offers plenty of baggy casual shirts and t-shirts, fitted pants, and skirts. As with all Japanese brands, be sure to try things on before you buy! (Read our handy guide to buying Western-sized clothes in Japan for assistance on size conversions).

relume Journal Standard is a mid-range brand, with affordable clothing for almost every budget. Whether you’d like to shop for high-quality clothing to spruce up your current wardrobe or a whole new stylish outfit, relume Journal Standard is the place to go!

relume Journal Standard Location Information

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

Nearest Station: 2-minute walk from Harajuku station (Yamanote Line) (click on the Google Map for directions)

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

“Why Go?”: Stylish unisex fashions for everyday wear!

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August 15, 2016 0 comment
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Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku Tokyo

When I heard that I was going to Kawaii Monster Café, I had no idea what to expect. However, stepping inside was leagues beyond what I anticipated; this place is insane. Harajuku is known for its wacky and colorful fashions, and this café embodies everything Harajuku stands for (and more). Walking through the restaurant solicited reactions like, “this is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen,” to, “this is so weird and I’m uncomfortable.”

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The weird starts at the café entrance, which is a monster’s mouth (named “Mr. Ten Thousand Chopsticks” or “Mr. Choppy’s”). The restaurant itself? Legend has it that it exists in his stomach. But wait, it gets weirder!

Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

After you walk inside Mr. Choppy’s mouth, you see the Sweets-Go-Round. It’s a giant rainbow carousel with different objects, with animals that look like they are made out of melting candy. The whole ceiling is covered with broken mirror pieces, and flashing lights and pop music add to the wild atmosphere of the place.

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There are four different seating areas of the café. The Mushroom Disco has tables under giant poisonous mushrooms and extraterrestrial plants. Hidden behind the Mushroom Disco is a secret room, decorated with red lips, called the “Secret Area for Talkative Ladies.”What do they talk about? Well, you have to go there to find out…

 Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

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The show is held right in front of this area. The next area is called the Milk Stand, which is themed like a wacky baby’s room. Milk bottles hang from the ceiling, and giant animal heads drink from these bottles over the tables. This area of the restaurant really made me think, “This is either the strangest thing ever, or the most Japanese thing ever.”

The Mel-Tea Room is next. In here, the walls look like pastel chocolate and giant ice cream cones are dripping down from the ceiling. Giant macaroons are stacked up against the walls (along with giant ants going after these sweets). Right next to the Mel-Tea Room is the “Experiment” Bar, for adults only. The bar is lit up by a huge jellyfish hanging over the counter. There is also a secret VIP room with a pink cat theme.

Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

Monster girls run around the café and put on shows. They have colorful hair and weird outfits- the monster girl I met had purple hair and a bracelet made out of baby shoes. The food in Kawaii Monster Café is just as bonkers as the rest of the place. It’s all rainbow; no matter what you order, you’re guaranteed to get a good picture for your Instagram. They claim that the coloring for their food is healthy and natural. Some popular menu items are rainbow pasta with “paint” dip, and the “colorful poison parfait extreme,” which is a giant rainbow parfait.

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Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

The restaurant is non-smoking, but does have a smoking area for you to duck into. There is an English menu, and most of the workers and some of the monster girls can speak English. It is possible to reserve parts of the restaurant in advance for parties (which would be necessary if you have a large group, because there are 193 seats in total). Reservations can be made via Facebook Messenger or through this Voyagin link.

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In short, this place looks like Tim Burton’s fantasy, if Tim Burton were a kawaii Japanese schoolgirl. I know I am definitely coming back, and bringing everyone I know with me. Kawaii Monster Café perfectly captures what Harajuku is about: the weird fashions, the bright colors, the over-the-top atmosphere, and even the slight creepiness of it all. So if you find yourself in Harajuku, definitely go to Kawaii Monster Café for the strangest and most fun meal you’ll ever have.

Kawaii Monster Cafe Location Information

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Nearest Station: 5 minute walk from JR Harajuku Station on the Yamanote Line (click on the Google Map for directions)

 Hours of Operation: Weekdays and Saturdays 11:30 am- 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm. Sundays and holidays 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. If it is crowded, there is a time limit of 90 minutes on your stay (or 2 hours for dinner).

Showtimes: Lunch shows are weekdays 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm, weekends 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm , and 3:30 pm. Dinner shows are only on Fridays and Saturdays, at 6:45 pm. Another event called “Pink Fat Cat with Yuka” is on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:55 pm and 8:45pm.

Estimated Price: There is an entrance fee of ¥500 for each person, and the average fee per person is ¥2500. Kawaii Monster Café takes VISA, UC, DC, UFJ, AMEX, JCB, and SAISON credit cards. Kawaii Monster Cafés also sells 13 different souvenirs, so be sure to pick up a totally sweet “Kawaii Monster Café” T-shirt! If you visit often, you can earn a Monster Card–the more you return, the more your rank will increase. Customers with high rankings get special privileges!

“Why Go?”: Scroll up and look at the pictures. Do you mean to tell me you are willing to go through life without seeing all of that in person?!?!?

July 26, 2016 0 comment
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