This is the group page of HARA-HARAjuku. We believe that harajuku/ Japanese fashion is for everyone and you don't need to be in Japan just to wear it.
Here are some things you should know about Harajuku.
What is Harajuku?
Harajuku is the name of a small section in Tokyo, particularly around the Harajuku station.
Harajuku is where the most -- how should I put it -- the most free, innovative, uninhibited and "different" type of youngsters gather. Or you can say that's where the weirdos end up. (But the best people are
In Japan, it is considered THE place to find the latest fashion trends.
Since there are many different styles in the 'latest trend' there is no particular Harajuku style. So I guess you can say the Harajuku is a compilation of different styles.
What are the different kinds of Harajuku/Japanese Fashion?
JAPANESE STREET FASHION
Japan began to emulate Western fashion during the middle of the 19th century. By the beginning of the 21st century it had altered into what is known today as 'street fashion'. The term 'street fashion' is used to describe fashion where the wearer customizes outfits by adopting a mixture of current and traditional trends. Such clothes are generally home-made with the use of material purchased at stores.
At present there are many styles of dress in Japan, created from a mix of both local and foreign labels. Some of these styles are extreme and avant-garde, similar to the haute couture seen on European catwalks. The rise and fall of many of these trends has been chronicled by Shoichi Aoki since 1997 in the fashion magazine FRUiTS, which is a notable magazine for the promotion of street fashion in Japan.
More recently, Japanese hip-hop, which has long been present among underground Tokyo's club scene, has influenced the mainstream fashion industry. The popularity of the music is so influential that Tokyo's youth are imitating their favorite hip hop stars from the way they dress with over-sized clothes to darkening their skin with ultraviolet rays, usually done by tanning. Many Japanese youth believe that tanning or being darker is a freedom of expression they are unable to experience in their circumscribed social role as 'Japanese'. The idea of darkening one's skin to more closely resemble an American hip-hop star or ethnic group may seem like a fad, but this subculture, the black facers, do not particularly set themselves apart from many other sub cultures that have emerged as a result of hip hop.
We'll start off with the all time favorite:
Cosplay (short for costume play) is a kind of Harajuku focusing on dressing up as a specific character, whether it be fictional (e.g. anime/manga/cartoons/fictional books) or non-fictional (e.g. J-pop stars)
Is a kind of Harajuku originating in Japan that is primarily influenced by Victorian clothing as well as costumes from the Rococo period. Lolita has made this into a unique fashion by adding gothic and original design elements to the look. Lolita has many style types.
The word 'decora' is a Japanese word shortened from the English word "Decoration". And that's what Decora is. Decoration. Wearing as many accessories (and sometimes even toys) as possible. (and still making it look good
The style of Visual Kei consists of striking makeup, unusual hair styles and flamboyant costuming. Refers to a movement among Japanese musicians, that is characterized by the use of make-up, elaborate hair styles and flamboyant costumes, often, but not always, coupled with androgynous aesthetics. Some sources state that Visual Kei refers to a music genre, or to a sub-genre of J-rock (a term referring to Japanese rock in general), with its own particular sound, related to glam-rock, punk and metal. However other sources state that Visual Kei's unique clothing, make-up, fashions, and participation in the related sub-culture is equally as important as the sound of the music itself in the use of the term.
The Ganguro street fashion became popular among Japanese girls in the early 2000s. A typical look for a "Ganguro Gal" is to wear brightly colored outfits, mini-skirts, and tie-dyed sarongs. The Ganguro style consists of bleached hair, a dark tan, fake eyelashes, black and white eyeliner, bracelets, earrings, rings, necklaces and platform shoes.
The kogal (kogyaru) look is based on a high school uniform, but with a shorter skirt, loose socks and often other modifications as well. The girls call themselves gyaru (gals). This style was prominent in the 1990s, but has since declined.
While bōsōzoku fashion has not been popular since the 1990s, the stereotypical bōsōzoku look is often portrayed, and even caricatured, in many forms of Japanese media such as anime, manga and films. The typical bōsōzoku member is often depicted in a uniform consisting of a jumpsuit like those worn by manual laborers or a tokko-fuku (特攻服), a type of military issued over-coat with kanji slogans. These are usually worn open, with no shirt underneath, showing off bandaged torsos and matching baggy pants tucked inside tall boots.
Types of Lolitas ~
Gothic Lolita/ Goth-Loli/ G-lol
Gothic lolita is a mixture of gotic and lolita styles. Compared to others, Goth-loli has a darker color scheme, consisting of mostly black.
Sweet Lolita is heavily influenced by the Rococo style as well as Victorian and Edwardian clothing. This type focuses on the child and fantasy aspects of Lolita and adopts the basic lolita format, using lighter colors and often using child fantasy themes in it's designs.
Classic Lolita is a more mature type. It focuses and Baroque, Regency and Rococo styles. The colors and patterns used in this type in somewhere in between Gothic Lolita ans Sweet Lolita. It is more mature and sophisticated compared to the other types due to it's small, intricate patterns and the more muted colors on the fabric and overall design.
This type ads punk fashion elements into the Lolita fashion. Motifs that can be used to identify this type are tattered fabric, ties, safety pins, chain, screen-printed fabric, plaids, and punk hairstyles that are added to the Lolita fashion.
Wa Lolita/ Wa Loli
This type combines the traditional Japanese kimono or hakama, modifying them to fit the Lolita garments.
Qi Lolita/ Qi loli
Similar to Wa Loli but instead uses the Chinese Qipao or cheongsam dress.
This style is a lolita style for boys, inspired by victorian boy clothing.
This style is characterized by a princess-style look based upon the European aristocratic style.
Guro Lolita/ Gore Lolita
This style is the portrayal of a broken doll or innocent gore with the use of fake blood, eye patches, bandages to give the appearance of injury.
A Lolita style that incorporates the look of a Sailor Seifuku/ Sailor uniform.
Types of Decoras ~
This kind of Decora can be a part of any other kind, or a completely seperate style altogether. This is where the Decora-chan wear tutus or shirts that have pictures of cartoon or anime characters, or any other image from their childhood. These Decora tend to wear a lot of toys, tiaras and magic wands. I personally think that this is the most 'personal' form of Decora as you can really show off your inner child and who you are.
I don't think this needs explaining, do you? ^_~ Pink Decora is all about that amaaaazing colour - PINK PINK PINK! Probably the only other colour you should consider is white, even if that isn't even a colour! This is probably the most popular Decora and has the most rules. Absolutely everything must be pink!
This is the ideal that everyone who first gets into Decora wants to believe in - that Decora is all about being colourful and crazy. This look is completely adorable and is easily achievable with just the right amount of balance in different colours. This type of Decora is just so kawaii and allows you to be totally creative with hardly any boundaries.
With Japanese fashion becoming more and more interested in the Gothic and Visual Kei look, the number of Dark Decora-chan are growing. If you're perhaps on the darker end of the fashion spectrum and not too keen on the idea of wearing bright pink, then this is the style for you. Dark Decora shares many of the same ideas as other Decora, such as the over-accessorising and carrying lots of toys, but the colours don't tend to be there. If colours are worn, they're normally lime green, purple or red.
Tips: If you like being gothic or emo to stand out from the crowd, trying Dark Decora will make you stand out even more! Just add lots of accessories to your normal look and it'll be great! Of course, you could go to the extreme and wear purely black and nothing else! It's totally up to you!
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