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Jun Okamoto Shibuya Tokyo Japan 2

Jun Okamoto Shibuya Tokyo Japan 1

Jun Okamoto is a graduate designer from the world famous Bunka Fashion College. Starting his career in menswear, Okamoto worked in Paris and honed his techniques prior to branching out into women’s clothing.

At the Jun Okamoto Daikanyama shop, the designer’s clothing choices focuses on natural cottons and linens that drape and flow with the body. Jun Okamoto’s designs are deceptively simple, but the quality materials and modern Japanese sewing techniques along with the innovative design combine to form quality garments. The Daikanyama shop offers men’s and women’s clothing and a range of natural appeal accessories to go along with your new outfit! The clothing styles range from fitted to casual-baggy, so it is advised to try on before you buy. As with most Japanese clothes, size can be deceiving!

Jun Okamoto’s clothing is for high- to mid-range fashion shoppers. It’s a must-stop if you are in Tokyo looking for high-quality Japanese fashion clothing that you can’t get outside of Japan. Jun Okamoto is always working on his latest idea, so be sure to stop by frequently to see what he is offering.

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Jun Okamoto Shibuya Store Information

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

Nearest Station: 6-minute walk from Daikanyama Station (Tokyu-Toyoko Line) or 10-minute walk from Ebisu Station (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm. Closed Tuesdays.

“Why Go?”: Fantastic Japanese designs in natural fabrics that you can’t get anywhere else!

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September 7, 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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White Mountaineering Shinjuku Tokyo Japan

White Mountaineering Shinjuku Tokyo Japan

White Mountaineering is a Japanese brand that focuses on outdoor wear. “The field in which we wear clothes is all outdoors One, design. Two, utility. Three, technology” is their (admittedly lengthy) motto, but the clothes fit the concept. Founded by fashion designer Yosuke Aizawa in 2005, the designs revolve around a rugged, practical theme that still finds time for creating a good, fashionable look.  Whether climbing and hiking in the countryside or braving snowy urban streets, White Mountaineering will see you through in style! White Mountaineering has collaborated with other brands such as Barbour and Addidas originals, and his work has been showcased in Milan and Paris.

The clothes are all about practically, designed for the man who likes to go hiking, camping and fishing. With multiple functional elements in the jackets, coats, and hoodies, this is definitely the brand to look out for if you want to climb Mt. Fuji! The clothes and jackets are made from heavy-duty and water-resistant fabrics like coated cottons and canvases.White Mountaineering’s range of shirts are plain, printed, patch-work, and appliqué cottons (layered and sewn fabric onto another base fabric) matched to create technically appealing pieces in a Japanese in style. Technical paneling decoration and fit on their cargo pants, turtle neck coats, and lumberjack shirts give the brand a distinctive and eye-catching appeal, with contrasting and complimenting patterns and colours.

The White Mountaineering brand offers a good range of accessories, from active-wear trainers to practical sandals to multi pocketed rucksacks and tote bags. As with their other offerings, the fabrics of the bags are high-endurance coated heavy cottons, canvases and linens that come in a range of prints.

Prices at White Mountaineering are mid- to high-range, a great value for the quality and endurance of their offerings. So if you’re looking for rugged outdoor clothing with Japanese practicality, find and explore White Mountaineering in Shibuya!

White Mountaineering Shibuya Location Information

Website | Facebook (mix of Japanese and English) | Twitter | Instagram | Online Store

Nearest Station: 10-minute walk from Shibuya Station (click on the Google Map for directions)

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

“Why Go?”: Rugged outdoor clothing that looks great on the streets or in the wild!

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September 1, 2016 0 comment
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Loveless Tokyo Japan

Loveless Tokyo Japan

Entering, you instantly feel as if you have been transported to an high-end boutique with dim lit lights and wide screen TV’s playing fashion shows and photo shoot footage. Mannequins are everywhere, showing off the latest looks the Loveless has discovered and giving you a picture of how you can dress when you shop here. Great for outfit ideas if you’re clueless about what you’re looking for! Browsing, you’ll find that the prices go from mid-range on up, so what may seem like an intimidating high-end shop is actually quite affordable. It would be a shame to miss out on this great boutique!

Loveless is a boutique near Omotesando station that draws its clothing from a mix of Japanese styles and overseas imports.  The mix of clothing origins here may cause some sizing issues, so try before you buy. The fitted clothes can be….very fitted! (see our article on buying clothes and size conversions here).

Loveless deals primarily in women’s fashion. The boutique range covers the basics of pencil skirts, fitted dresses, Japanese style fitted high-waisted shorts, drain pipe formal pants as well as the Japanese style wide leg pants, a range of t-shirts for men, jeans, blouses and more. Its style is semi-casual to mostly formal, with great pieces you can wear either to the office or for going out in the evening. The boutique also covers a good range of accessories, bags and shoes to finish off your outfits.

Loveless does have a men’s section, but not a very large one. The men’s area is primarily dedicated to sophisticated and sleek  suits in basic, coloured, patterned, and printed styles, all reasonably priced.

Loveless boutique cultivates a tasteful array of clothing for the discerning fashionista. Be sure to check out their collection at their Minami-Aoyama shop!

Loveless Boutique Minami-Aoyama Information

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

Nearest Station: 3-minute walk from Omotesando station (click on the Google Map for directions)

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

“Why Go?”: Select your next wardrobe from an array of Japanese and imported fashions!

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August 18, 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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Herz Omotesando Tokyo Japan 1

The strong scent of worked leather is immediate. You walk down the stairs into the shop, and are immediately struck by the multitude of leather bags, row after row of them, arranged on the tables. There is a Classic-style influence to the store design, with a wonderful combination of wood and leather, as well as country music filling the room.

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But the store’s most arresting feature is its unorthodox layout. The leather workshop where the leather goods of Herz Omotesando are made is open to the store. You can stop and watch the leatherworkers, cutting and sewing as they practice their craft. Every Herz store (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Sendai) is laid out in this fashion, so that all the customers can see the production process for themselves and smell the leathery atmosphere. This link between the shop and the workshop, where the freshly finished leather products are then placed for sale, lends credibility to the items in the store.

Herz is a Japan-based upscale leather goods company that made a name for themselves with their finely-crafted leather bags. Designer Kondo Akimasa founded Herz in 1973, naming the company after the German word for “heart” (herz), as he wanted to create “products with heart.”  And there’s no doubt that Herz certainly puts a lot of passion and heart into their leather products.

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Herz Omotesando has twenty leatherworkers, and each leather bag is handmade solely by one craftsman in the Tokyo store. This is a fundamental principle of Herz, as it ensures each bag has its own characteristics and qualities backed with the pride of the local craftsman who created the product.

There are no chief designers for Herz Omotesando. All the craftsmen are encouraged to create new products and bag designs. The open environment of the store is reflected in the working environment, where craftsmen brainstorm among themselves and come up with new innovative ideas. Due to this design-friendly approach, Herz currently offers over 600 bag designs, and new designs are always in development. By being located in the center of Tokyo, the craftsmen can absorb and reflect new trends as inspiration for their ever-evolving products.

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Although expensive, it’s easy to see the value a customer gets for their money from a Herz Omotesando bag.  Herz bags are strong and durable, constructed from thick and sturdy Italian leather and sewn with thick thread. The bags have a smart and casual look and are good for any occasion. Herz Omotesando also makes an exclusive randoseru (Japanese school bag) for students. All bags sold by Herz have an aftercare policy in which they may be brought back to the store (even decades after they were sold) to be repaired.

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Herz always has a wide range of bags on display, but special orders can be accommodated. Some of the in-store staff can speak English, but ordering online is difficult as English is not supported and there is no overseas shipping. With no division-of-labor system and an aversion to outsourcing production, the delivery times for built-to-order bags take 7-8 weeks. All of these factors make it difficult for short-term visitors and tourists to order a customized bag, but don’t worry! Herz Omotesando makes excellent products, and one of the handsomely-made bags on their tables will catch your eye. Visit them during your trip to Tokyo, you won’t be disappointed!

Herz Omotesando Location Information

Website | Facebook (Japanese only) | Twitter (Japanese only) | Online Store (Google-translated; only ships domestically)

Nearest Station: 7-minute walk from Omotesando Station

 

Hours of Operation: 11:00AM-7:00PM. Closed on Wednesdays.

Estimated Price:  Bags range from ¥25,000- ¥90,000. Smaller items (keychains, pencil cases, etc) are also available.

“Why Go?”: To find unique elegant leather products that will last you many years.

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July 24, 2016 0 comment
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Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

Q-pot CAFE

Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

Q-pot CAFE. makes dessert. And oh my, what desserts they are! Cute sundaes, ring plates, necklace plates, and all sorts of other tasty accessories are available in their sweet, tart, and creamy forms. And the SE”Q”RET Room? Well, you’re just going to have to go there and find out!

Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

But that’s not all! When you’re finished with your dessert, you can purchase accessories that look just like the sweets you just had. Q-pot.’s goal is to create “positive accessories” that make people smile when they see them. And from what I saw, they did just that! Choose from an array of candied-up accessories (ones-you-ate and ones-you-didn’t) such as necklaces, earrings, rings, charms, key-chains, umbrellas, nail stickers, pouches, phone cases, pins, hair ties and clips, and even randoseru (Japanese children’s school backpacks).

Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

The accessories are wonderfully detailed. Q-pot. tries to make accessories look as lifelike as possible, so don’t be surprised if people really wonder if you’re wearing an ice cream sandwich around your neck! Once you buy an accessory, chances are they sell the food it’s based on at their location right across the street. So if you’re looking for cute Japanese accessories to go with your mid-day treat, check out the treasures at Q-pot.!

Q-pot CAFE. Location Information

Website | Facebook (English) | Twitter (English) | Instagram (English) | Online Store (from the USA warehouse)

Nearest Station: 3-minute walk from Omotesando Station (Tokyo Metro), 7-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station (Yamanote Line) (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: open daily 11:30am – 7:30pm (Last Order 7:00pm)

Estimated Price: Dessert prices range from ¥750 to ¥2400. Accessory prices range from ¥3,600- 28,000.

“Why Go?”: For the super-kawaii!!! accessories, and the delicious treats!

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July 19, 2016 0 comment
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visvim Omotesando Tokyo Japan 2

visvim Omotesando

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If you are looking for the best in high-end Japanese mens and womenswear, look no further than visvim Omotesando at their flagship store in the Gyre building. Founded in 2000 by designer Hiroki Nakamura, visvim mixes Japanese minimalist ideas with themes from Americana. This style is the signature of the visvim brand, and inspires everything from their clothing lines to the décor of their stores. Everything in the store, from the wicker and distressed leather chairs to the walls covered with Americana and Native American objects, are specially chosen by Nakamura to enhance the atmosphere surrounding the clothing and to contribute to the visvim aesthetic.

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visvim Omotesando offers premium denim and high-quality cotton shirts and button-downs, mixing vintage-inspired fabrics mixed with the clean lines of modern fashion. Their selection of blazers and suit jackets have their own Japanese and western spins, such as the kimono-styled jacket with an earthy, rainbow-colored Aztec fabric. visvim Omotesando has accessories like hats and fedoras, as well as premium bags made from vegetable tanned leather and suede.

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Much of visvim Omotesando’s fame comes from their selection of shoes. Their sneakers, boots, and moccasins feature a variety of Western- and Native American-themed designs in earthy, understated colors.

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When you visit visvim Omotesando, be sure to make some time for Little Cloud Coffee, visvim’s own coffee shop located at the front end of the store.  Little Cloud Coffee offers an array of pleasing coffees and other beverages for you to enjoy while browsing for the next addition to your wardrobe.

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visvim Omotesando Store Information

Website | Facebook | Instagram | Online Store

Nearest Station: 8-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station (Yamanote Line) (click on the google Map for walking directions)

Hours of Operation: Open daily 11 am – 8 pm

“Why Go?”: The best in upscale Japanese menswear with an amazing store atmosphere!

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July 15, 2016 0 comment
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Shinjuku Station Shopping Tokyo Japan

Shinjuku Station Shopping

Shinjuku Station Shopping Tokyo Japan

Are you on an extended layover in Haneda? Waiting for the bullet train to bullet out of town? Want to do some shopping and maybe get a light meal, but you don’t want the hassle of navigating unfamiliar Tokyo streets? Shinjuku Station Shopping could be right for you!

Shinjuku Station is not just a train station, it’s also a gigantic shopping center. As such, it is an easy shopping and dining option for those who don’t have a lot of time or are reluctant to brave the Tokyo streets. But where are the best places to go? Shinjuku Station is gigantic, and you may not have the time to wander around forever in search of the perfect gift or that can’t-do-without item. Here are EnAbleJapan.com’s top places in Shinjuku Station Shopping, so you can explore (instead of sitting around on your smartphone like everyone else).

Isetan

Isetan is a Japanese department store that is so large, it has its own station exit. Isetan is also a great last-minute souvenir place, with Japanese alcohol and dessert packages designed with the traveler-on-the-go in mind. The second floor also features many clothing brands, like Dolly Girl by Anna Sui and Next B. by Agnes B. These fashion brands have a kawaii touch, so depending on who you’re shopping for, this could be a good place to go. It also has its own underground food court.

BIC Camera

Bic Camera Shinjuku Station Tokyo Japan

BIC Camera is a go-to spot for newbies in Japan. Shinjuku Station’s BIC Camera is located outside of exit B16. The two-floor store offers prepaid SIM cards for different phones, for different months, and for different amounts of data. They also sell power adapters, if your devices’ plugs won’t fit in Japan’s two-pronged outlets. If you are just arriving in Japan, we recommend stopping in BIC Camera to set up everything for your trip.

Sekaido Shinjuku

Sekaido Shinjuku, located at Exit C1, is a store that specializes in art materials and stationery. They have a wide selection of postcards and Japanese-style stickers, which could be great souvenirs to bring back home. There are plenty of choices, and the prices at Sekaido won’t break the bank.

UNIQLO

Uniqlo Shinjuku Station Shopping Tokyo Japan

Uniqlo is a popular brand all over the world, and has a huge store right in Shinjuku Station. They are known for their basic clothing pieces and low prices, and have something for the whole family. The 2nd floor of Uniqlo also offers embroidery design, so you can put small pictures or your name in kanji on clothes you buy (500 yen per word/ picture).

Kinokuniya Bookstore

Kinokuniya Bookstore is located by exits B7 and B8. Kinokuniya Bookstore’s 7th floor English bookstore sells a vast array of new books, bestsellers, genre books, and anything else you could find in a big-box bookstore. Of special interest are the section of books by Japanese authors that are translated to English, so you may find a treasure here that may be hard to get (or even browse for) anywhere else. There is also a travel section, where you will find Japanese maps, guidebooks, must-buy item guides, restaurant passports, and English manga. A great place to pick up airplane reading material! Outside the exit one can find a number of reasonably-priced restaurants with few crowds and many choices (such as curry, pasta, udon, yakisoba, sushi, etc.).

13th Floor Roof Garden

Air Garden Shinjuku Station Tokyo Japan

If you’re searching for something a little more relaxing, check out the 13th floor roof garden on top of the station. To get there, take exit E8 Takashimaya, and take the elevator all the way up. From there, you will have a perfect view of the Shinjuku area. There are plenty of seats, and many restaurants and cafés, too.

Tokyu Hands Shinjuku Station

Tokyu Hands is a store within Takashimaya department store. Tokyu Hands is one of those places that has everything–clothes, jewelry, bags, shoes, and other luxury goods. Brands include Chanel, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Bvlgari, and Gucci. Many products from these brands are exclusive to Japan, so if you’re looking for something unique and in-style, Tokyu Hands is your place.

NEWoMan

Newoman Shinjuku Station Shopping Tokyo Japan

NEWoMan is located right by the South Exit. It is eight stories of clothing and shoe stores, sweets shops, and even an outdoor area available for dining. On the first floor is Akomeya Tokyo, a rice specialty shop. They sell rice cookers, utensils, and sake cups for the discerning rice (and rice-product) enthusiast.

Shinjuku Station Shopping Location Information

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July 6, 2016 0 comment
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6%dokidoki

With the advent of Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and the thousands of fashion blogs dedicated to Harajuku street styles, there are now endless ways to immerse yourself in the Harajuku lifestyle. One of the stores that is taking the lead both online and in real life is the bubblegum princess fantasy land of 6%Dokidoki.

Finding this internationally known brand will take some effort as you go past the craziness of Takeshita-dori and into the back streets of the classy and upscale Omotesando. It may be intimidating to wander the backstreets of Omotesando without a surefire plan, but the savvy Tokyo shopper will know that on the roads less traveled are where the true gems of Tokyo fashion like 6%Dokidoki lie. And don’t worry about walking past it – the two level neon pink and yellow structure is not lacking in color.

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Stepping inside of 6%Dokidoki is an experience in and of itself. The barrage of glitter, ribbons, carousel horses, fairground-style plush toys, and sheer volume of color is enough to satisfy you for the rest of your life. Shoppers in the store can be difficult to discern from the actual employees, since most of them are in the full regalia of 6%Dokidoki, rainbow colored tulle petticoats and multicolored teased hair and all.

Although 6%Dokidoki’s clothing and accessories are totally wearable on their own, the full effect comes from combining them all into one super Harajuku style outfit. For the adventurous types, 6%Dokidoki also has tutorials on their Facebook page to teach you how to do your makeup and hair just like the 6%Dokidoki sales girls.

6%Dokidoki has embraced the new Harajuku trend for promoting a lifestyle rather than a simple shopping experience. Follow them on social media and let them brighten up your news feed.

For more ideas on unique spots to buy Tokyo fashion, check out our articles Omotesando on a Budget: 5 Must-Visit Shops and Cafes and Shopping Slightly Off Harajuku’s Beaten Path: Cat Street

6%Dokidoki Store Information

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Online Store
Nearest Station: 6-minute walk from Harajuku Station (Yamanote Line)


Hours of Operation: Everyday 12:00PM-8:00PM
“Why Go?”: If you want a glittery, colorful Harajuku-style outfit for your wardrobe, this is the place.
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June 21, 2016 0 comment
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