(See page 2 for the German version)
If I was asked to mention one aspect of Tokyo that I still really like, it would probably be the Harajuku fashion style. It is candy-bright and colorful and mostly over-the-top, but very creative – and just fashion that is fun to look at and does not take itself too seriously. Harajuku, the city district in question, is just like his fans and visitors, always young and always changing. Although there may be some established stores, especially along the Takeshita Street, the trends and independent small shops come and go quickly. The good news: Like this, there is always something new to discover, many fashion subcultures have their origins here, and the area is dynamic and exciting.
Between the crowds of middle school girls that are looking for the newest trends in the cheap shops on Takeshita Street, or queue up for Purikura, I feel a little bit old. At least I can perfectly pretend to be a tourist and take many sightseeing-pictures here and there. But since the hubbub and crowds on Harajuku’s „main street“ quickly become too much for me, I like to escape to the backstreets, just around the corner, where you can discover small hidden shops that sell vintage toys or fashion items from young designers. Even a temple can be found here, resting quietly and unaware of the turmoil that is going on only a few streets away (and luck us, a shinto-style wedding ceremony is just taking place there, which allows us to take some shameless pictures). And what would an afternoon in Harajuku be without eating one of the overly sweet crepes, – but this time we don’t opt for one of the many street stalls, but eat at Cafe STUDIO , which despite the fact that smoking is allowed inside, is a good choice. Harajuku, we’ll meet again.