Harajuku Fashion Walk #14 Brightens Tokyo’s Winter


by Kate Havas, Laura Cooper, posted February 5, 2013

An unseasonably warm and bright day greeted the participants of Harajuku Fashion Walk #14 as they gathered in front of the famous Takeshita Street to parade around the district and show off the Harajuku style. Almost 30 people from 10 different countries came together for the event, making it a truly international showing of street fashion!

The participants made a circuit around Harajuku, avoiding the most crowded streets and swamped LaForet area but still garnering plenty of attention as they walked Omotesando and the back streets. Hearing the comments of onlookers was almost as fun as looking at the clothing!

Halfway through, the group took a break to rest, chat and of course pose for pictures.

Then it was time to move to the Meiji Jingu Bridge for more photos. While the bridge cosplay and fashion scene has died out in recent years, tourists were happy to spot the fashion walk, and the participants were happy to pose.

Can you spot Elvis and Superman? One nice family with young children put on costumes and brought them out because they’d heard Harajuku was the place to dress up, and they were right!

While the majority of the participants were dressed in colorful pop and flouncy fairy kei coordinates, goths and lolitas were also well represented. Many members of Facebook’s Tokyo International Lolitas community also turned up to add ruffles and elegance to the event.

While keeping a big group of flashy people organized and moving on a crowded Tokyo Sunday seems like it would be a challenge, thanks to organizer Junnyan (pictured at right) it all went smoothly.

While usually held every other month, this month a special fashion walk will take place February 23rd! If you love fashion and have an outfit to show, join the parade! More details can be found at the official blog and twitter. Also make sure you check out ROKKYUU’s gallery for more fashion shots and outfit details!

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Kate Havas first became interested in Japanese fashion and culture in college when manga, anime, and visual kei were just beginning to make their way to America. An art and English major with a love of clothes, Kate signed onto ROKKYUU in order cover fashion and report on Tokyo trends, but was quickly also recruited to the music side of things and has been having an adventure expanding her knowledge of all things VK since. Follow her on twitter at keito_kate!

Laura Cooper started photographing rock and jazz bands at university. While completing a degree in English Literature, she was literary co-editor of the York University arts magazine and held poetry soirees with comedy jazz bands. Laura wrote for the now defunct UK Goth magazine Meltdown, as well as edited for an occult/spiritual website while she lived in York and London. She disappeared into the mountainous depths of Japan in 2006 and is now based in Tokyo, capturing rock bands in action.

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