• What Harajuku Girls Really Look Like

by Mindy Yang

From Gothic Lolitas to Yoyogi Rockabillies, the Tokyo neighborhood of Harajuku is a wellspring of some of the world's most unique and extreme fashion trends. Rife with restaurants, shops, and cafes, it's a hangout 'hood for the city's youth, whose style is confined to uniforms from elementary school through to high school graduation. And, perhaps to rebel from such strict sameness, they spend their weekends seeing how far they can push the limits.

One of the oldest and most pervasive Harajuku style groups is Decora, characterized by a pursuit of kawaii, or "cuteness," which is expressed in massive piles of hair clips, face bandaids, creative layering, and a mishmash of colors and textures. Don't let "cute" confuse you: There's nothing delicate or elegant about Decora. It's bright, it's loud, and it's in your face (or rather, on your face, via a Hello Kitty bandaid). Though the style can appear as frivolous as a Halloween costume, there's a real statement behind the bevy of barrettes. In the face of pervasive group-mindedness, a rigid social order, and cultural reticence, the Decora have figured out a way to break free. 

 

TourRadar


Mindy Yang
Mindy Yang

Author



Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Field Notes

Living in a Converted School Bus
Living in a Converted School Bus

by Delsy Espinoza

Tired of wasting so much money each month and commuting for 3 hours each day, Brian and Starla Sullivans decided to move into "Big Bertha". The Sullivans and their three children moved into a 40-foot-long converted school bus that they bought for $2,800. After a year and the conversion cost of $30,000, the Washington state family had a new place to call home.

Continue Reading

Philosofée, a contemporary fairy tale
Philosofée, a contemporary fairy tale

by Delsy Espinoza

Philosofée was established in 2016 in New York by Brazilian designer Glaucia Stanganelli. The brand emphasizes sustainable and fair production.

Continue Reading

Meet Sudan- the Most Eligible Bachelor
Meet Sudan- the Most Eligible Bachelor

by Delsy Espinoza

Sudan is the last surviving male northern white rhino in the planet.

Continue Reading