Tokyo’s Fashion Districts

Looking through the many shopping districts in Tokyo, Shibuya and Harajuku are the two most popular ones. On the surface, you’d think they’re both the same in terms of what they offer and would virtually have the same atmosphere. However, as I began digging my deep, dark hole into research, I discovered a lot of differences between the two districts.

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Harajuku is Tokyo’s fashion icon and is a major tourist attraction for all things fashion. It’s full of bright colours and intricate designs surrounded by many stylish boutiques, shopping malls and popular clothing chains. Every day the city is brimming with tourists and Japanese locals to see what the latest trends are. Harajuku is a hub for all those who want to dress in what may be seen as out of the ordinary. Lolita to Kawaii fashion, to Gothic Lolita and punk fashion, all is seen in Harajuku daily. The fashion city is certainly more into the intricacies of Japanese clothing.

Every month, there is the Harajuku Fashion Walk, where those who are fashionable (or at least think they are) gather outside the JR Harajuku station. They then walk through the neighborhood to show-off their outfits and mingle with like-minded people and obtain tips, tricks and new friends. Below is a video of one the the many Harajuku Fashion Walks.

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Having this walk just shows how fashion head-strong those in Harajuku are and how much they love and appreciate the culture, vibe and atmosphere it brings.

To be honest, even though in previous posts I’ve said I’m too lazy for this fashion, it would be a lot of fun to be a part of and a great thing to experience. I might be able to expand my group of four friends 😉😅

Shibuya – Image 48

Shibuya is known as a magnet for school students and teens. As you can see in the above picture, it’s more contemporary and modern, filled with technology and big, shiny buildings; things all teenagers and young adults love. The place is littered with department store branches with no shortage of shops, regardless of your fashion choice. Shibuya is definitely more orientated towards the modern side of clothing and what teens and young adults want to wear, more so than the creative side of things as seen in Harajuku.

Probably the most famous and significant landmark in Shibuya is the large intersection in front of the station’s Hachiko Exit. Surrounding it are tall buildings covered in neon advertisements and extraordinary video screens showing all things desirable.

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So, in conclusion, (just in case you can’t make your own), Harajuku is more for the creative side of fashion (Lolita, punk, Gothic) and Shibuya is more for teens and young adults who are looking for modern and very trendy clothes.

There we go! An introduction to Tokyo’s shopping districts. Thanks for reading and stay posted for my last blog; the cheaper side of shopping in these districts (just my thing). Please like, comment and share!!


4 thoughts on “Tokyo’s Fashion Districts

    • To concisely answer your question, yes, they do have international influence! Many fashion designers look to Japan and their flourishing districts for the latest trends and therefore, influence what they choose to focus on in their designs. I believe the reason they do this is because Japan has many new and different ideas to offer which enables designers to construct something that Westerners have never or rarely seen, increasing its popularity. For example, Elie Saab, a french designer, based one of her designs on the Japanese kimono.
      Also, due to the internet being so accessible and widely used, it enables people from around the world to view posted photos and information about Japanese fashion as well as the events that occur in Japan, promoting fashion. For example, Cos Play and Harajuku’s Fashion Walk.


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