My two daughters and I were headed by train from Shinagawa Station to Harajaku Station to visit Meiji Shrine in Tokyo. In a major case of serendipity, we stepped off the train to see Takeshita-Dori , the famous teen-age shopping street where the Harajaku girls trend began. In doing research on visiting Tokyo I had read about this area but only a slight memory of Gwen Stefani and her Harajaku girls was all I knew about them. Apparently, American civilians and soldiers lived in this area post-war and Japanese youths who were curious about the different cultural aspects started visiting here. Then fashion designers started settling in the area and the movement took off.
Takeshita-Dori (or Takeshita Street) is a trendy pedestrian street with shops, restaurants and crepe stands. Crowded with not only shoppers but also tourists, it's a wall-to-wall people watching delight. Teens dressed up in all different styles frequent here - from cosplay (costume play) to punk to Lolita(Victorian style dress)- you can find all kinds of trends and this is where they started.
Known for their outlandish fashion and make-up, the teenagers who frequent Takeshita-dori dress the part. Crazy hair colors, baby doll clothes, matching outfits and platform shoes are the norm. The stores here are also very interesting with hawkers standing outside to push their products.
Around the corner from Takeshita-Dori is Ometesando, Tokyo's version of Les Champs-Elysee. We tried to find a cat cafe but it was closed. So we took a seat and viewed all the chaos. It was incredibly crowded with shoppers, trucks promoting Japanese boy bands and no restrooms to be found.
But Takeshita-Dori is not only known for their crazy fashions, but also for it's crepes. Flavors and flavors of crepes at crepe stands with long lines. Delicious crepes.
I'm so glad we happened upon Takeshita-Dori. I'm not sure I would have sought it out but it was a fun coupla hours wandering the area and eating crepes. If you love people watching and sweets, then Takeshita-Dori is your kind of place!
Have you been to Takeshita-Dori? What did you think?
I'm linking up with Travel Photo Thursday at Budget Travelers Sandbox, Weekend Travel Inspiration at Reflections Enroute and Friday Postcards at Walking On Travels so go check 'em out!