Once you arrive at Harajuku Station, you can head straight into the hustle and bustle of the shopping districts, or to Yoyogi Park. Daniela and I went for the park first, and got to check out the Meiji Shrine.
There are some beautiful grounds around the shrine, including a private garden we were lucky to see that day. It was pretty amazing how in only 10 minutes of walking in the park, and you forget you’re in the middle of Tokyo. Although it was crowded with tourists that day, it was wonderful to see how people prayed in the Shinto tradition. I thought the rows upon rows of prayer ornaments were especially cool.
The fashion sense in Tokyo is unbelievable. It isn’t just that people dress well, but they have a talent for combining things that I wouldn’t think go well together. We saw this in many areas of Tokyo, but in Harajuku it was especially noticeable. The interesting thing is that it isn’t confined to one particular style. It comes of as more personalized, down the accessories people use.
I think a part of the stylish vibe across Harajuku is due to the sheer amount of clothing stores, and the fact that many are independently owned. There’s also a bold mix of fashion, food, and drinks in many stores—where they double as cafes, galleries, and restaurants. Add it to the already small streets and footprint of the buildings, and it creates a tight community feel. Similar to Shimokitazawa, Harajuku seemed to thrive on a culture of sharing the establishments with everyone in it.