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A nexus of vibrant youth culture and fashion

Photo of Harajuku, Japan (Harajuku - Takeshita Street 12 by Joe Mabel)

Harajuku, positioned in Tokyo, is a vibrant epicenter of youth fashion and culture, renowned for its eclectic street styles and the historic Meiji Jingu Shrine. This area serves as a dynamic canvas reflecting Japan’s contemporary urban culture while preserving its traditional roots.

About Harajuku

Harajuku, a district in Shibuya, Tokyo, has become synonymous with the colorful and diverse street fashion of Japan. The area has been influential since before the post-war period, with the 1980s marked by an explosion of “kawaii” culture and fashion movements. Young people began to gather around Takeshita Dori Shopping Street, a narrow street bustling with boutiques, cafes, and fast food outlets. The area became a hub for youth culture and fashion, drawing attention from international media and fashion enthusiasts. Harajuku styles vary widely, often incorporating elements from punk, goth, and traditional Japanese attire, creating an ever-changing fashion landscape.

Adjacent to this bustling fashion district is the tranquil Meiji Jingu Shrine, dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. Constructed in 1920, the shrine is set within a forest that spans 700,000 square meters. Visitors to Meiji Jingu can experience traditional Shinto practices within this serene atmosphere, a vivid contrast to the nearby fashion streets.

Historically, Harajuku has been a site of constant evolution, mirroring broader societal shifts in Japan. The area has navigated through economic booms and downturns, evolving consumer tastes, and the global spread of Japanese pop culture. Harajuku remains a significant cultural and economic area for Tokyo, attracting visitors from all over the globe with its fusion of the new with the old.

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Thursday, 21 March - Thursday, 11 April 2024 (predicted)

Cherry blossoms (sakura) started blooming in Tokyo on March 29, 2024, and are expected to reach their peak around April 4.

Petals typically fall within about 1 week of the full bloom unless the weather causes them to drop earlier.

For more information, see our complete Cherry Blossom Predictions 2024 guide.

Updated 29 Mar 2024
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