Harajuku Bridge; it used to be a very famous cosplay spot for Japanese youth on Sundays. We all remember Gwen Stefani introducing the Harajuku Girls and raving about all the inspiration she got from the streets of Harajuku (including Harajuku Bridge). The above is what I expected to find on a Sunday – formerly THE day for cosplaying – on Harajuku Bridge. Reality turned out to be a little different.
This is what we found. Nobody and nothing. When I got home from my trip to Japan I did some googling and found this forum. It pretty much explains that the hype of cosplaying on the bridge died down. The youth of Tokyo noticed that more and more tourists discovered the bridge and thus fore the bridge was no longer a ‘cool’ place to hang out.
Luckily there are still a lot of cosplayers/uniquely dressed people in Takeshita Street. The guy in Gloomy Bear costume is apparently always there. Takeshita Street is were you can find all kinds of interesting fashion belonging to different Japanese subcultures like Gyaru, Lolita and Decora.
Takeshita Street is also home to one of the biggest Daiso stores I’ve ever been to. It’s a 100-yen store that sells amazing products. You can’t compare it to your typical one euro or dollar store. Almost al of the stuff you get at Daiso is super cute like you expect from Japan and the quality is great for the prize you pay. I highly recommend checking this store out!
Tokyu Plaza Omotesando
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