Harajuku is an area of Tokyo well known for its modernity and its young population. Extravagant people of Tokyo are concentrated while doing some shopping, eating or just walking around.
This is the kind of place where when you enter into a shop, you discover an entire universe like you could imagine the modern Japan. Between candy shops, cake shops, and big buildings there is a place that I particularly enjoyed: “Kiddy land”. This place is simply a building with four floors of toys. There is a floor dedicated to Pokemon, snoopy, star wars, Disney… This place is really huge and you find a lot of amazing and incomprehensible stuff. It’s really funny to see and discover. Moreover, the toys are so Japanese! For example, there is sushi toys, soft toy in kimono, star wars chopsticks (as laser saber) and so many Hello Kitty.
However, the most famous street in Harajuku is Takeshita-dori which is a small street full of little shops. There is a lot of young Japanese people dressed in “kawaii style”, weird Japanese shops, food shops…. One of the street food shop which is really famous there is crepes shops. Watch out !! it’s not simple crepes as I knew but crepes with so many things in it such as cream, ice cream, fruits, chocolate, caramel… Big queues are waiting behind plastic vitrine which shows the large variety of choices of crepes (and waffles sometimes). So, once you ate, most of the shops are clothes shops but once again watch out they are not usual clothes shops. They are for most of them kawaii shops with sprinkling tee shirt, colorful skirts (and you can even find the same things for dogs)… To sum up just everything which you can see from really (really) far away.
So, once you ate, most of the shops are clothes shops but once again watch out they are not usual clothes shops. They are, for most of them, kawaii shops with sprinkling tee shirt, colorful skirts… To sum up just everything which you can see from really (really) far away. If you really want to you can find clothes for you dog or dress him with a kimono or in sushi! Walking around Takeshita dori is an experience and a face of Japan to be discovered: young population influenced by the kawaii style, weird things that you can find and discover.
Finally, if you want to have another unusual experience in this area there is a place called “Kawai monster cafe”. This is a restaurant where you can eat everything kawaii related to. Even the waitresses are kawaii, the ambiance is Kawaii, the food is kawaii, the music is kawaii… This is a really good way to get immersed in the kawaii culture.