A group of fun teenagers spotted in Harajuku Tokyo posing for a picture.
On the left is Ayuka from Tojikiken wears a top by We Go, with harness
by Meed and shorts by Glad news and platform shoes by Hew and Viper.
In the centre is Amily who wears all used clothing.On the right the young
teenager is dressed in Cult Party Kei style.
Life for many teenagers in and around the Harajuku area of Tokyo for the most part is a good one. Dressing up and fashion is a vital part of any teenager's life, here you see that possibly more focussed and targeted than anywhere in the world. Consumption is strong but unlike the west, many teenagers that may not be able to afford designer of key brand items will with some notable skill construct, fashion and tailor their own versions.
Remember the movie Shimotsuma monogatari or Kamikaze Girls in the west? Momoko played by Kyoko Fukada who lives up north near Sendai, can't afford big name brands but she admires them, her leaning being towards the Lolita fashion trend, that thanks to the movie, put her nearest big town Sendai, on the map as a Mecca for Lolita pilgrimage. Momoco admired possibly the most well known Lolita brand known as Baby, shortened from Baby The Stars Shine Bright. She was skilled and simply made her own versions of the branded items she desired. Japanese teenagers seem to have an inbuilt ability to be academic and creative at will. So no studying seems required it would often seem. They just say I'll just make that myself and do so with frequently the most
Used clothing or second hand as it is commonly known of in the west is very much liked by teenagers into fashion. Not to be confused with vintage fashion which is on the increase in Japan and more so with older teenagers and women. Many Japanese teens don't understand the point of vintage or think
it is the same as used clothing. However we know that the two are not the
same. For the most part, teenagers just want the item and they want it
cheaply so they scour the many specialist shops packed full of used clothing
normally imported from American.
The above images will encompass some of these trends and mentioned items. Take a visit when you can to Japan to see these many fashion wonders.