Harajuku Paparazzi…

As Lady Gaga sings:

We are the crowd, we’re c-comin’ out
Got my flash on, it’s true
Need that picture of you
It so magical, we’d be so fantastical

Leather and jeans, garage glamorous
Not sure what it means
But this photo of us it don’t have a price
Ready for those flashing lights
‘Cause you know that baby, I

I’m your biggest fan, I’ll follow you until you love me
Papa, paparazzi
Baby, there’s no other superstar, you know that I’ll be
Your papa, paparazzi”

Well, on Sunday 17th April it was like Lady Gaga had exploded all over Harajuku… and I was the paparazzi!

Harajuku & Yoyogi Park

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Harajuku & Yoyogi Park

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Harajuku & Yoyogi Park

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Harajuku & Yoyogi Park

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I wandered over to Harajuku and then Yoyogi Park, and was jumping for joy because I had hit the jackpot. Not only was it a beautiful sunny day which was bringing people out for the last of hanami (cherry blossom viewing)…

Harajuku & Yoyogi Park

…there was also some big visual kei concert happening nearby at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium (according to the Internet, the concert was SID). This meant that Yoyogi Park and Harajuku were simply teeming with fascinating fashion to photograph! 😀

First, I took a walk down Takeshita-dori in Harajuku. Harajuku is the number one place to spot bizarre street fashion in Japan. On a weekend, you can usually spot some people dressed up in gothic lolita, sweet lolita or visual kei fashion, and you might even spot some cosplayers. I love to see the effort these young people go to – some of them have such intricate detail in their costumes and perfectly made-up faces.

Harajuku & Yoyogi Park

It was heaving that day!

Harajuku & Yoyogi Park

Partly for my own memories, and partly because I wanted to share it with you, I decided to take a video as I walked back up the street. It’s about ten minutes long, but if you want to see a bit of cool fashion and get a feel for Harajuku, I think it does the job:

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As I was heading back to Yoyogi Park, I discovered a sight even more curious than some of the fashion on display in Takeshita-dori:

Crazy guy

I have no words to explain this man, but he really did make me smile! 😉 (Although I was slightly concerned about his goldfish…)

I was getting pretty brave with my camera by the time I saw the crazy guy above, and actually stopped this next girl to ask if I could take her picture:

Harajuku girl

She seemed really happy to oblige, and was very sweet. I absolutely love her outfit!

Next, I walked over to Yoyogi Park and ran into the famous rockers who always hang out there:

(I have one more video here if you’re interested.)

I’ve seen rockers like this in Nagoya before, but these guys are the real thing. They’re just awesome and I could have watched them all day!

Harajuku & Yoyogi Park

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Harajuku & Yoyogi Park

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Harajuku & Yoyogi Park

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Harajuku & Yoyogi Park

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Harajuku & Yoyogi Park

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Harajuku & Yoyogi Park

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Harajuku & Yoyogi Park

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Harajuku & Yoyogi Park

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Harajuku & Yoyogi Park

If you want to know more about Tokyo rockabillies, you should check out Reesan’s excellent post over on Loneleeplanet.

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I thought there were an awful lot more “Harajuku girls” out than usual that day…

Harajuku & Yoyogi Park

…and then suddenly I realised that huge groups of them were heading in the same direction… so I followed them. They led me over a foot-bridge to Yoyogi National Gymnasium, and that is where I discovered a sea of Harajuku fashion waiting for me on the other side, like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

Harajuku & Yoyogi Park

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Harajuku & Yoyogi Park

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Harajuku & Yoyogi Park

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Harajuku & Yoyogi Park

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Harajuku & Yoyogi Park

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Harajuku girl

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Harajuku girl

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Harajuku & Yoyogi Park

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Harajuku & Yoyogi Park

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I was so lucky to have been in just the right place at the right time that day. As I said above, you can always see a bit of interesting fashion if you go to Harajuku on the weekend, but you don’t usually see this much! Apparently, in the past, groups used to hang around on Jingu Bridge which connects Harajuku to Meiji Jingu, but these days there are fewer and fewer people hanging around there (I think the police move them on).

If you do go to Harajuku on the weekend, be prepared for crowds. It’s always really packed, and you might want to walk there from another station, as Harajuku Station usually looks something like this:

Harajuku & Yoyogi Park

I took a LOT of photos that day, as I’m sure you can imagine. If you want to see more, please check out my album on Flickr. Enjoy! 😉

2 thoughts on “Harajuku Paparazzi…

  1. Hiya – I love all the photo’s – no wonder it took you all day to upload them all, and no doubt you’ve got more to follow! Lol.
    Take care xx

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  2. wow, you certainly did hit the jackpot that day! that’s more harajuku girls than you can poke a stick at. and thank you very much for the ping to my tokyo rockabilly club post. much obliged. 🙂

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