Hanging in Harajuku

Hey guys. I hope you have been enjoying these Japan posts thus far. It’s been cool to go through these photos and relive some of these great moments and experiences. This post about my favorite area in Tokyo is a time hop between two visits to it. It being HARAJUKU. One trip from one of the first few days into the trip and one final visit to the neighborhood on our very last day and return from Osaka before flying home :(

The first trip we didn’t wander too far from Takeshita Street which is pink, pink, and more pink. More of the Harajuku you’d think of when you think Gwen Stefani during LOVE. ANGEL. MUSIC. BABY. Which I loveeee.

But I’m SO GLAD that we wandered past it on our last day and got lost in the lanes and just explored the small side streets and nooks and crannies of the area. Truly where all the gems are.

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It was packed. Wall to wall people even though it doesn’t really seem that way in this particular photo. So many people, so many shops, so many things to look at it. Kind of overwhelming but in a good way. Definitely felt touristy but it was fun nonetheless.

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Look closely and you can see a cat cafe. The first one we saw on the trip but many more to come. Takeshita Street is immediately across from the Harajuku subway station so super easy to get to.

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Squishies. If you know what these are you know how fanatical kids in the states go over these. And they were all over the place here.

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Japan friggin loves crepes.

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…and candy. Great news for us. This was the first and really only place we saw candy you’d recognize at home in the states. Sour and gummy all the way.

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I’m sure a lot of you have seen this behemoth rainbow candy floss on the internet. This particular one was soooo big and like $10 so I opted for a smaller one for about $6.

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This little district is home to tons of higher end streetwear brands and vintage!

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Really wanted to check this Stussy Chapter out and glad we did. If we weren’t looking for it we wouldn’t have come across all the other cool spots we came across. I love when brands make items special to specific locations so I had to pick up a Stussy Tokyo tshirt.

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Super sick old school elevator. The store is actually underground.

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*Me every 5 minutes “This place is so cool. She’s so cool. They’re so cool. Everyone here is so cool.”

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Besides killer shopping, there were so many really cool coffee shops and cafes.

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A Deus Ex Machina Cafe! Wanted to pick up some gifts here, Bummed we didn’t have more time, I would have loved to sit down and order some food they had but grabbed an iced americano.

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The spot I tried to get tattoo’d at. I had waited too long before contacting their artists to try and get an appointment and they were all booked. So learn from me and hit up your people as soon as you know you’re coming if you wanna get blasted!

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A really cool barber shop. Sometimes I wonder if I should try to get back into barbering.

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This shop was technically in Shibuya but like a block or two from all the other places in this post. Suchhh a cool store. They have a location in LA I should go check out, but they carry some really awesome brands. It’s all technically menswear but I wear it anyway ;) As I was checking out I chatted with the guy that rang me up and he was so nice and hooked me up with a free Thrasher mag. “Present!” Haha soooo nice. That actually happened a couple other places on the trip. Be friendly and chat with the employees and they gave me a “present” usually in the form of free stickers.

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One of the best serendipitous moments was thinking I wasn’t going to be able to make it to Tokyo Film Camera Shop and then literally right before we were about to head to the train back to the station to head to the airport I walked by it! Fastest purchase ever. I’d been bidding on Contax cameras on eBay for a couple months before the trip and was always outbid in the last 4 seconds!! (Damn you, sniper bidding site bots) So why not buy one where they’re made? Japan! The best.

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Stumbled upon San Francisco Peaks of course at the very end and I wish I had just used my brain and googled “french toast” sooner, because what do you know. Japan has french toast. I don’t know know why I assumed they wouldn’t!!! We never saw breakfast restaurants like you do in the states and trust me when I say I was DONE eating sushi for breakfast for almost two weeks. But as soon as I saw wagyu beef sliders I ended up getting that instead.

Their menu looked so good though! (We figured out that only “American” style restaurants served water as their initial beverage. Everywhere else…tea.

Soooo good.

Soooo good.

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I hope that if you’re ever in Tokyo you make your way down to Harajuku. Truly one of my new favorite spots in the world. As always, thanks for reading.

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