Harajuku Style

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Photo by: Extra Medium

Japan is famous for its fashion and hairstyles. Some of which are pretty extreme. One of most popular styles is Harajuku. But what exactly is Harajuku?

Harajuku is an area in the middle of Tokyo, exactly around Harajuku Station, in Sibuya District. In 1906, the station was opened as an expansion of Yamanote railway, and beginning in the early 90s, it became an important area that connects Tokyo to other surrounding districts. Several years later, various kinds of department stores sprung up around the place, which led to the existence of fashion centres.

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Photo by ms.bailey

This area became famous all over Japan after having been broadcast through some fashion magazine like Anan and non-no. At that time, groups of girls were recognized wandering around Harajuku area. Their fashion imitated the style of fashion models in the Anan and non-no magazine. Since then, groups of youngsters wearing extreme styles can be seen in this area. Harajuku has become an icon of fashion style rebellion in Japan.

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Photo by: Rob234363

In the capital city of Japan, Tokyo, most business people generally wear dark coats, dark trousers, white shirts, dark ties, dark suitcases, their hair was well combed, and they walk fast because they do not want to waste time. Students wear uniforms determined by the school authority. But in Harajuku, there is a rebellion of fashion. The youngsters refuse to wear neat and tidy clothes. Their desire to be creative is expressed through extreme, glamorous fashions and hair styles. And not just extreme hair styles, but also extreme hair colour like green, purple, red, blue, golden blonde, grey, silver, pink, and ash.

The contrast between design, colour, motif, size, and the kind of clothes is the speciality of this fashion style. Harajuku style is divided into several types. Sometimes the style is adapted to a beautiful doll from Japan with white, pale skin and a nice frilly dress like a doll that would be displayed in the window of a store. This style is called Lolita.

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Photo by: kiyoshi.be

There is also a style called Cosplay (costume play). This style imitates the character of a hero or bandit in anime or other cartoon movies in Japan. There is also a style that is mostly adopted and promoted by J-Rock. J-Rock is the rock and roll music style from Japan. The asymmetrical hair with loud colours is one of their styles with hair that is cut unevenly. For example, one part is long but other part is short. Or the length on the left and right side are different.

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Photo by: saikofish

This fashion style has also become famous in many other countries. In America, the Harajuku fashion style is getting more famous after Gwen Stefani, created a song that carried the theme of Harajuku fashion entitled ‘Harajuku Girls’. In promoting his song, Gwen employing some dancers wearing Harajuku fashion in some of her concerts all over the world.

About the Author

Adi Marsudi, a hairstylist. Before you get a new look, Marsudi recommends you to browse his harajuku hairstyle gallery on his blog.

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