Harajuku for most people is much more like a fashion trend that mostly followed by youngsters. However, Harajuku is more than that, it is one of the famous street in Japan where world fashion trend collided harmonically. Harajaku initially was well known as fashion street since the late 1970s when more fashion outlets were opened in this street. Though the popularity of Harajuku as one of the world’s fashion trend setter is not widely known until the international fashion brands were started to stick their flags in Harajuku street in the early 1990s. Since then new fashion era was started among the youngsters combined with unique and peculiar style of Japanese youngster. Below are some activities you could do while you are in Harajuku:
There is no better place to go shopping in Japan but in Harajuku street though the choice of where you should go shopping is based on your budget. For you who are looking for branded stuffs Omotesando dori is where you should go. In this street whatever international brand you’re looking for is available. However, for you who are only coming to Japan with a tight budget, you don’t need to worry because Takeshita dori will solve your problem by offering high quality secondhand products. Though the price offered is relatively cheap but if you’re weak with anything cute, you should set your self-control to the maximum level because you will be surrounded by cuteness from cute fashion, cute toys even the souvenirs offered all are cute.
- Taking Photos
One thing about Harajuku area is you could bring your amateur photography experience to the next level. In this area there are a lot of objects that are totally Instagramable and the best part is your objects will happily pose for you in whatever peculiar fashion styles they’re wearing. The best time for the best pictures is Sunday around the Yoyogi Park where a lot of youngsters are dressing in Lolita outfit, cosplaying anime characters any many others unique styles.
- Dressing in Cosplay
Getting bored taking pictures and there is no more money left for shopping why don’t you take part by dressing in cosplay. It is not everyday you could dress like your favorite anime character. If cosplaying is too much for you, why don’t you dress in one of the unique fashion style or try one fashion style that you have been dying to try because in this area nobody will judge you of being too freak.
- Wondering in Yogogi Park
If somehow you’re really stuck in Harajuku with no money for shopping, no more memory left in your camera and cosplaying is not really your thing perhaps wondering in Yoyogi Park is what you should do. Yoyogi Park is more than just a park, it is where all free spirited people are colliding from family having a picnic, a group of young mother doing yoga, some youngsters rehearsing their dance move in cute outfit, musicians trying to introduce their new song, children playing around and many more. Just being among them you will feel as free as a tree spirit.
- Retreating to Meiji Shrine
Furthermore, if Yoyogi Park is too crowded for you, retreating yourself to Meiji Shrine will give you some peace of mind. Meiji Shrine is surrounded by 175 acres of pristine forest where you get a fresh air or just some time for yourself.
That’s why Harajuku is one of the streets you must visit when you’re in Japan even if fashion is not your thing. Why? Well, it is simply because it is one of the iconic streets in Japan.