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Meet the Real Harajuku Girls at JapaneseStreets

A new website launches!

I just got alerted to a new website by JList's Twitter called Japanese Streets, a collection of photos of Japanese street fashion-- basically anyone who's wearing an interesting outfit on the streets of Japan.

 Ignore the jacket and the skirts and just stare at the Doc Martens. Niiice color.
 Ignore the jacket and the skirts and just stare at the Doc Martens. Niiice color.


 That coat would look terrible on me, but is really cool.
 That coat would look terrible on me, but is really cool.


 I think I had that jacket when I was six, in 1990.
 I think I had that jacket when I was six, in 1990.


 I dig the barfing squirrel bag.
 I dig the barfing squirrel bag.

Each photo has the subject's name, along with the photographer and the location. And if you mouse over 'em you can find info on the clothes being worn, and there's also a blog and a spot to shop on eBay. I'm guessing this'll be a must for anyone interested in J-fashion!
 
Of course, it's mostly women's fashion (though there's some stuff for guys as well). Any of you gonna check it out?
lanaswifton Feb. 16, 2010 at 12:10 p.m.
That last one's hat reminds me of that one girl from durarara.  


On the left, natch.
HeeroYuyon Feb. 16, 2010 at 12:52 p.m.
I don't think I'll ever understand Japanese Shinjuku fashion trends...
constanzadellarosaon Feb. 16, 2010 at 3:51 p.m.
 What I love about these girls is that they are not afraid to wear ensembles that are not 'average'. They use fashion as a way to express themselves (even if it's a wacky one), an idea that the industry has been exploiting for quite a long time. Of course I wouldn't wear some of the combos (like the tutu one), but some others are wearable (I have a jacket that looks a lot like picture #2).
 
I have a friend that looks exactly like the girl in pic# 4, clothes included.
giaon Feb. 16, 2010 at 5:46 p.m.
@constanzadellarosa: Yeah, I suspect that in a country where expressing yourself in a verbal way is sort of discouraged, expressing yourself via costume (or via hobby!) is a pretty big deal.
Papasanon Feb. 16, 2010 at 6:59 p.m.

 
Japanese Streets is now in my favorites, and I will be checking it every single DAMN DAY!!! 
 
Thank you, gia for yet another new drug! 
 
If I was a chick, this would be my fashion bible.

Konandaon Feb. 16, 2010 at 8:26 p.m.
@HeeroYuy said:
"I don't think I'll ever understand Japanese Shinjuku fashion trends... "

Pretty sure it's Harajuku. From what I understand that is where all the interesting fashion trends and styles come from. (INB4 Harajuku is in between Shinjuku and Shibuya)
Addfwynon Feb. 16, 2010 at 11:45 p.m.
You get some interesting fashions from Shibuya as well, they aren't necessarily as eccletic as some of the ones from Harajuku, but you'll see interesting outfits there.  Lots of nightclubs around there, so when you go out at night you'll see all sorts of people. 
 
I check it already, It's a great site.  I'm a guy, but I'm still interested in fashion of all types, actually wrote one of my senior Japanese papers on fashion in Japan.  It's always an interesting subject, there are so many different and interesting little niches and categories of it as well.
John_Martoneon Feb. 17, 2010 at 1:06 p.m.
@lanaswift said:
" That last one's hat reminds me of that one girl from durarara.  

On the left, natch. "
What? There's something in that photo that isn't a cut out of horo?!? Don't see it.
 
@Addfwyn:
Oh yeah, that stuff is interesting regardless of gender. Though I'll admit it is of some relief that guy's fashion needs tend to be relatively cheaper.
Boddingtonon Feb. 17, 2010 at 4:56 p.m.
These are some of the tamer Harajuku fashions I've seen and it goes to show how wide a range one can find on the streets of Tokyo. Harajuku itself is a fun neighborhood to visit, even as a guy. The twisting alleys are a hoot to get turned around in and there's always something interesting around the next corner, whether sleazy or coture.

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