Japanese rapper, fashion designer, and artist Aki (MC Annyu) on Cat Street in Harajuku wearing a handmade plushies headdress with a Memuse ruffle dress, Kinji resale jacket, a necklace from Oyama Shrine, and Melissa sandals. Full Look
Mother and daughter Tsumire and Ivy on the street in Harajuku wearing matching The Ivy Tokyo earrings and matching Vivienne Westwood orb necklaces, along with Fenty x Puma, Gucci, Bershka, NLF, and FILA. Full Looks
These snaps were taken before the latest Tokyo soft lockdown. Almost everyone we snap in Harajuku is wearing masks before and after we shoot them, if not while we’re shooting.
Japanese Coming Of Age Day 2021 furisode kimono at Meiji Jingu shrine in Harajuku today. Government ceremonies and parties were canceled because of the partial lockdown, but many new adults visited Meiji Jingu (a huge outdoor shrine with lots of open space), as is traditional. Congratulations to all of the new adults!!
Japanese rock guitarist Lisa13 (lisa-j-poole13) on the street in Harajuku. She’s wearing a Kami Jamele bomber jacket, Joyrich top, a pink plaid skirt, fishnets, a Barbie phone case, Bad Baby Bomb face mask, Nyulycadelic purse, and tall Demonia buckle boots. Full Look
19-year-old vintage-loving English-speaking vegetarian Japanese student Yuria on the street in Harajuku wearing a vintage faux fur hat, layered tops, wool coat, vintage cage skirt from Nude Trump Tokyo, a statement necklace, a Vivienne Westwood handbag, colorful tights, and Dr. Martens boots. Full Look
20-year-old Japanese student Ryoya on the street in Harajuku wearing a mostly vintage look with a logo print maxi coat by 1980s Japanese brand Luna Mattino, shirts from Gianfranco Ferre and Paul Smith, a Dries Van Noten bag, Chanel rings, Wrangler wide leg denim, and Gucci shoes. He was wearing a mask before and after the photos were taken. Full Look
JAPAN’S ‘GLOOMY THE NAUGHTY GRIZZLY’ ANIME ANNOUNCED FOR 2021
DEMON SLAYER and COWBOY BEBOP voice actors join the cast
December 28, Tokyo, Japan
Internationally beloved “kawaii” character GLOOMY BEAR will make his animated debut with a new TV series set to air in Japan in April 2021.
A new bilingual promotional video announcing GLOOMY BEAR has been released to YouTube featuring new dialogue and visuals.
Veteran actor Koichi Yamadera (the voice of Spike Spiegel in the Cowboy Bebop anime) has been cast in the lead role of GLOOMY, while Natsuki Hanae (the voice of Tanjiro Kamado in the smash-hit anime series Demon Slayer) has been cast as GLOOMY’s young owner PITY.
Originally created by Osaka-based artist Mori Chack, GLOOMY BEAR first debuted as a character in 2000. The appeal of GLOOMY and PITY’s unusual relationship – full of cuteness, violence, and surprising emotional depth – led to a wave of GLOOMY merchandise and high-profile collaborations in Japan. Eventually, GLOOMY would win devoted fans all over the world as well.
In addition to the anime series announcement video, there is also an additional promotional clip focusing on GLOOMYs creator Mori Chack and the 20-year build-up to the new GLOOMY BEAR anime series.
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Spinns clothing shop staffer Bakimero on the street in Harajuku wearing a ACDC Rag fuzzy jacket, a Romantic Standard shirt, Spinns bow top, vintage floral Japanese hakama style pants, a Yuriko Eto bag, WC dragon shoes, and accessories from Decotoland, Sugar Me and Charlem. Full Look
Japanese shironuri artist Minori on the street in Harajuku wearing an outfit handmade from recycled clear umbrellas. This outfit is part of a new project Minori is working on based around reimagining Japan’s discarded materials as fashion/wearable art.
Today, December 25th, Christmas day, is Minori’s birthday.
20471120 Space-Time three piece suit from the Japanese brand’s 1996-1997 Autumn/Winter collection. Set includes a jacket with a large 3D pocket at the left front, pants, and a 3D apron skirt.
According to the Kyoto Costume Institute, which owns a similar two piece version of the suit, “In the mid-1990s, high performance gaming machines like Playstation and consumer-oriented operating systems, especially Windows 95, became generally available, and ordinary individuals started to use digital technology such as CG and the Internet. Nakagawa and Lica had a keen sense of the changes going on at that time, and used CG to design the patterns for this suit, ensuring that the woven pattern faithfully reproduced even irregular breaks in the lines.”
20-year-old Japanese student Merica on the street in Harajuku wearing a kimono with a modern pop print and color block obi by Tsumori Chisato, a Memnon vinyl record handbag, and Vivienne Westwood rocking horse shoes. She was also wearing a face mask by Harajuku art label Erostika, but she took it off for the photos. Full Look
Japanese fashion high school student Airi on the street in Harajuku. She’s wearing a top with layered collars, an asymmetrical skirt handmade from a vintage kimono, ripped stockings, and platform sandals. Full Look
Japanese fashion personalities on Twitter are posting tributes to Matsumura Naoki, the chief editor of legendary Japanese subculture fashion magazine Kera, who passed away suddenly earlier this month.
Matsumura’s influence on the Harajuku subculture street fashion scene, going back to the 1990s, has been immeasurable. As the chief editor of both Kera Magazine and Gothic&Lolita Bible (as well as working on several post-Kera lolita magazines), he was arguably the world’s top evangelist of Lolita fashion.
Rest In Peace Matsumura Naoki, thank you for everything. Harajuku would not be what it is today without your influence.
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Japanese fashion student Shiori wearing a vintage kimono from her grandmother over a shirt and necktie, a skirt from The Mondays, a belt over her obi, a beret, a vintage handbag, vintage jewelry, and platform boots. Full Look
Japanese model Ito on the street in Harajuku. She’s wearing a vintage kimono style jacket from Honwaka Osaka with a face mask, a Bershka crop top, Outdoor Products pants, cutout heels, and vintage jewelry. Full Look