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The History of Harajuku Fashion Walks, The Showcase of Japanese Street Fashion

If you have ever wondered why all these people start walking around dressed so vibrantly, cute, and freely, this is the post to learn about one of the most important events with J-fashion communities ~

Stop your day right now, and let’s have our first Kawaii Way lesson in Jfashion history.

Imani poses at Moshi Moshi Nippon clock by artist and sensational kawaii fashion icon, Sebastian Masuda

 The History of Harajuku Fashion Walks

The first thing you need to know about Harajuku walks is its origin!

Jfashion, the common name for “Japanese Street Fashion” sprung out of youth in Japan and is what refers to a collective of different styles and trends that can be found during Harajuku walks.

These walks occur in the Harajuku district in Tokyo.

And the street, Omotesando (O-mo-teh-san-do) is the blossoming origin of these popular walks ~

When the athletes came to Japan in 1964, the street was overwhelmed with people trying to see the athletes who stayed in a hotel at the time. Later the street renewed its popularity when the LaForet Fashion Mall opened up in 1978.

The street further inspired fame when in the 1980s folks in the band scene and visual kei encouraged the space as a spot to hang out and meet up.

Going to a Walk

If you are blessed and highly favored, you might have the chance to join a Harajuku walk in Tokyo, they usually happen once a month. If not, then come out and start participating in Harajuku walks with local communities like DC Kawaii Style. Harajuku fashion has inspired fashion everywhere in the world. So much so, that often during these Harajuku walks in Tokyo, you’ll find a healthy mix of foreign Jfashion enthusiasts and lifestylers participating. Harajuku walks are the perfect space show off your outfits and socialize with like-minded people.

What to Know When You Join a Harajuku Walk:

Your Harajuku style is produced from you ~

Your mind is the driving force for this vibrant style, and it can be limitless.

The purpose of Harajuku Walks is to provide a space for freedom of expression. That space is for anyone who feels they are an artist, independent spirit, or just loves fashion trends. This style is retaliating against social norms for jobs, clothing, and attitude.

Some of the popular jfashion styles (which is not to be confused for cosplay) you’ll see during a Harajuku walk are:
• Visual Kei
• Gyaru
• Kogal/Ko-gyaru
• Ganguro
• Goth Lolita
• Sweet Lolita
• Decora
• Cyber-Punk
• Mori-Girl

There are so many styles, and often new ones are created on that historical street. And welcomes your personal style.

Fashionably it is an honor to walk down that historical street, but if you want to start closer to home that’s okay too!

If you have experience with Harajuku walks that you want to share, leave a comment on this post! We will be sharing more on the style, culture, and even J-fashion tips on The Kawaii Way.

While indulging in J-Fashion and kawaii lifetsyle, knowing the history of the movement is an empowering piece. Because the more you know, the more confident you become.

And confidence is the best feel for infectious Kawaii Empowerment.

Dig Deeper

Want some good reading on Harajuku Fashion Walks?!

Be sure to check out these reads  ~

Mookychick | “History of Harajuku Fashion

Japan Info | “Harajuku Fashion Walk: a Must-See for Fashion Lovers

Check out our past Harajuku Fashion Walk photo galleries.

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photo from Moshi Moshi Nippon

The History of Harajuku Fashion Walks, The Showcase of Japanese Street Fashion was originally published on The KAWAII Way

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