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
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
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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