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Harajuku Street Style

Harajuku, a suburb in Tokyo, Japan, is known as Tokyo's teenager town, a shopping and entertainment district geared toward Japan's most fashionable youth. From this trendy mecca has emerged a Japanese street style that ranges from cute and funky to outrageous and bizarre.

Harajuku - The Clothes

Innovative Japanese teens have blended different styles to create the Harajuku look. A fashionable mix of Japanese cute (manga), American cool (hip hop) and British rebellion (punk and goth) come together to create Loligoth (Lolita Goth). Japanese rock bands play the greatest influence on Harajuku teens, who don't define themselves as goth, but are having fun with cosplay (costume play), which is dressing up like J-rock stars. There are no rules in Harajuku style; the look is achieved by wearing anything alternative, unusual and anti-mainstream that makes them stand out and look like stars for a day - or two.

Harajuku - The Hairstyle

One of the first things you'll notice about Harajuku style is the hair - it's wildy colorful and seems to defy gravity! From scarlett red to electric blue, they dye their hair or wear shocking wigs to complete their look. These eye-catching 'dos are inspired by anime and manga, where hairstyles and clothing are distinctive features of the characters.

Harajuku - The Make-Up

Anime and manga characters influence not only hairstyle, but also make-up. Although some Harajuku teens don't wear much make-up, others go to extremes: porcelain white faces, intensely lined eyes and plucked eyebrows. This anime make-up style completely masks the face so that a teen may be unrecognizable if he or she went au naturale!

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    What Do You Think Makes Harajuku Cool?

    • The intermix of goth and baby doll.
    • The outrageous make-up.
    • The wild and funky hairstyles.
    • It's all about the attitude.

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    CoolerThanMyself
    I'm a 12 year old girl with really strict parents! I do chores( even handling BLEACH sometimes) , I take care of my little brother, I'm in top set for all my classes- even on the gifted and talented register and I've only ever had 1 detention- and that was their fault anyway bc I was late( they drive). But, I'm still NEVER allowed out with my friends! My friends are all in top sets as well, are well behaved and all we literally would do is window shopping. I mean, there are my age smoking shisha and doing #####- they should be lucky I'm not a delinquent! But my parents always say I can't hang out. Not because they're worried about my safety, they just dont want me to go out.! Even sleepovers, my parents always say no because they ' haven't met the parents" but they make NO effort to do so. I'm losing out on knowing my friends better and whilst they're all making best friends, at school I'm just the person in the background- the left out friend. It hurts and most of the time I wish I was fostered or something. How can I make them loosen up? ( don't say anything about sneaking out because I chose life)
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    Kirsteeeeen
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    Is there a particular reason or situation causing you to feel this way? I can't provide much advice other than talk to them about it. Communication is important.
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    He is a jerk, but then what ?? He is your best friend . Maybe you should tell him to sleep for an extra hour. It may be a lack of sleep.
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    My BFFEL (best friend for eternal life) is being a jerk after we have been friends for a long time. What should I do?
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    "aftershock" wrote: "NicolletteA" wrote: no. and you sound like the marketing people that stop me at the mall.  :/ lol, I'm not, i just kno someone whos making a new app and wanted to see if any1 would use it.   BTW what do u say to the marketing people at the mall? No. I don't like those people at the mall. Sometimes, they ask my family and I (usually directed at my mom and sister, but sometimes at me, too. Even though I'm under 13. Not for long though.) if they want their hair done. And sometimes I'm so tempted to say, "No thank you. I did my hair today. Do you think I want it done?" But of course I never do. It's kinda disrespectful. So we just usually say No thank you. My mom, sister, and I now have a solution for that (my idea when I was maybe ages 9-11) Don't make eye contact with them and pretend that they aren't there.
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