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HARAJUKU (*Fangirl squeel*)

Probably the most tourist-y thing I've done at all since I've arrived here! A haven in Tokyo for teenage fashion, strange or not. I went their with Ayuko(left) and her friend, Miho(right), who is super nice and super smart!
We took the train from Sayama to Harajuku and MAN as we got closer did the train get CROWDED! But considering it was the last weekend of summer vacation for most schools, it shouldn't really have surprised me.

Let me indulge in my girlish-ness and say OMG: so much shopping and so many people!! Let me give you guys an idea of how crowded it was:
That is the place where we ate crepes (so delicious...a strawberry cheesecake crepe...I couldn't finish it). Kinda hard to see from this angle, but the line stretched around the corner and it was so hot! Aaah! But the crepe was worth it.

I can't really remember how many stores we looked at...probably ten or so. But it was worth it! If anyone cares about what's in in Japan right now the answer is
1. Polka dots
2. Lace and
3. Fuzzy things (like furry earmuffs!)
I like fuzzy things! They call that 気持ち which means anything from emotions, feelings, snug, and comfortable.

Just some FYI about Harajuku, it's the Tokyo teenage fashion district, and know for unusual lolita, goth punk etc. I was half surprised to find that most of the stores are actually pretty normal. And I only saw a couple of people in funky getup....this one girl had waist length pink hair!! (Unfortunently, it was walking by so no picture of that.) The "teenage" part of that equation mean that there are also idol shops (as I call them) where you can buy posters and other goods of your favorite idols.
And you guys have no idea how PACKED it was down there. Lots of pretty boys in Japan! Though I'm more partial to this guy:
Matsumoto Jun (or MatsuJun). ((Josephine--high five!! He's everywhere!))
And that pretty much sums up my Harajuku experience. I'm much happier (and my wallet lighter) for it.


  1. Yay! I love the fuzzy earmuffs picture. You should post more like that. :D

    Sounds like you are having an amazing time.

  2. Such a pretty store! Amazing. :D

  3. I'm with Ethan. Go with the fuzzy earmuffs! They are awesomeness!

  4. OH YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY! MATSU JUN! too bad he wasn't 10 years younger... but who cares any ways the only thing that bothers me about him is he needs to eat more... A LOT MORE! Have fun Claire and i'm very glad your wallet is lighter cause we don't any back pain or anything like that :P

  5. A teen shopping district. Kind of scary thought!?

    It's so great to see you out and exploring. Hope you get to mix more traveling adventures in with your study.

    It's been great to read your entries thus far. Can't wait to hear more!

    Love to you, Clare


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