Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Harajuku Hip.

I may or may not have just spent a full hour, glassy-eyed, scrolling through the entire Harajuku archive of the Japanese fashion blog Style Arena. I'm transfixed.


I've seen countless photos of Japanese fashion trends that look like this, but I love how the girls pictured here are slightly less over-the-top (yet still completely offbeat).


I've been feeling homesick for Japan lately - it's been almost a year since I took this trip with my family - and I'd love to go back. Right now, though, that's only a dream. Do you have any travel plans for the rest of the year? (Go on, make me jealous.)

All images via Style Arena.

21 comments:

Michelle {lovely little things} said...

When I was in Japan we staked out the Harajuku neighborhood looking for these girls. Apparently Sunday afternoon is the day to see them!

BIKBIK AND RORO said...

Yes, they are cute! It certainly helps to be young to pull off these looks I think. That girl in the top right corner looks almost cgi-unreal.

Jo N said...

I love Japan. Everything is so orderly and yet quirky.

Since you insist on knowing .. I'm heading to Hong Kong and Taiwan in Oct :)

Pink Ronnie said...

Wow, Japanese style never ceases to take my breath away. I've been to Japan only once and just loved every moment of it. I dream of travelling to Japan one day with Rick and the boys. Maybe Hokkaido and Osaka. Which part of Japan are you from, Shoko?

Sadly, no overseas travel plans this year! And probably there will be none until our youngest can withstand more than 4 hours in an enclosed area like a plane! :)

Ronnie xo

p.s. Missed reading your blog these last couple of weeks. So nice to be back...

Shoko said...

Michelle, great to know - I'll remember that!

Jo, amazing! Just a tiny bit jealous :)

Ronnie, my mom's family lives in Tokyo and we've visited regularly my whole life. Someday you should take your boys - I have such great childhood memories there. In other news, I'm so glad you're back - I've missed you!

jacquelyn | lark & linen said...

Can I just tell you how obsessed I am with all things Japanese? Harajuku included! Japan is on the top of my must-travel list

Rachel @ Existation said...

These are definitely way more doable than those other, more...eclectic?...ones. I really like the top left one in that second cluster of photos. I don't have any travel plans either...except back home for a couple more events and then the holidays. But oh, do I dream of all the places I would go if I had the chance...=]

Cassie @ WittyTitleHere.com said...

I love how much detail and thought each of these women put into their outfits. And so much color! Gorgeous, all of them.

Shoko said...

Cassie, yes, the colors are amazing! I think these are such great reminders not to take getting dressed so seriously.

Linda said...

The level of detail in their outfits, hair & makeup is astounding. The second picture (very top right) looks like she walked right out of a illustration!

I wonder how much time it takes for these women to get ready in the morning :)

Jenna said...

These are amazing! I am actually going to South Africa in November, but I'd love to go to the motherland (South Korea) - I've never been!

Kathy said...

These girls must have so much fun getting dressed in the morning! I love the way they've mixed prints and colors.

Since Thailand was my big trip earlier this year, I have no plans to leave the country for awhile, but I do have my eye on Egypt and Jordan for next year. As a newly-minted east coaster, I've been planning little weekend trips this fall to visit friends in NYC, Philadelphia, and Boston. I love that a two hour train ride on this side of the country can transport me to a completely different state!

Monica L. Shulman said...

Doug and I are always talking about going to Japan. It's been on "the list" (yeah we have one and it gets longer every year). I'm so fascinated by the culture, food, history, people, everything. These girls look amazing and I love how they embrace their style without, like you said, going so over-the-top that it looks completely costumey.

We're going to Miami for the long weekend to spend some time on the beach with the girl before school starts and we're back on some semblance of a schedule. x

Xixia said...

Hahah, slightly is a great qualifier! I think sometimes, people have too skewed a view of Japanese fashion - they either go too conservative with the kimonos or too crazy ( like cosplayers and such ). It's nice to see this slight happy medium. :)
Those outfits are awesome - I really like that girl's panda headphones!!

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Michelle S said...

these girls are all so fierce!

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Shoko said...

Jenna, I've always wanted to go to South Africa - share pictures, please!

Kathy, East Coast weekend trips are the best. I'm hoping to make it up to Montauk before summer ends!

Monica, you have to go - you'll love it, and there's so much to photograph :)

ami said...

I grew up in Japan (Okinawa), but never had the opportunity to go to the mainland. I'd love to see Tokyo and Osaka (my mom and immediate family are from Okinawa but speak with a Kansai accent) primarily. It would be so crazy to see Harajuku fashion.

As for travel, next month I'm headed to New York (so excited!!), then Seattle in a couple of months, and it's looking like Florida at the end of the year. I'd love to go to Europe again, but maybe next year :) Ooh, and Australia! Okay, maybe someday, haha.

Shoko said...

Oh my goodness, so exciting that you're coming to New York, Ami!

Karen Kristian said...

Awww I am homesick too! I think it might be my favorite city in the whole wide world. Love these photos!

Kimia Kline said...

japan is my *alltime* favorite country in the whole world. i did a study abroad there in college and still derive so much inspiration from my time there and japanese culture.

zivar said...

i am so inspired.

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