History Harajuku Style and the Type

History Harajuku Style and Composition. Harajuku Style (原宿) is the popular term for the area around JR Harajuku, Shibuya District, Tokyo. This area is famous as a place young people gather. The location covers around the Meiji Shrine, Yoyogi Park, shopping centers Takeshita Street (Takeshita-dori), department store Laforet, and the Yoyogi National Gymnasium.

Sometime in the 1980s, Harajuku is home to a subculture Takenoko-zoku. To this day, a group of strangely dressed young man can be found in the area of ​​Harajuku. Actually called "Harajuku" is only used for the area north Omotesando. Onden is the name of the region to the south of Omotesando, but the name was not popular and involved is called Harajuku.

History Harajuku Fashion Style in Japan

Before the Edo period, Harajuku is one of the inn (juku) for people who are traveling through the Main Street route Kamakura. Tokugawa Ieyasu Harajuku award tenure to the ninja of Iga Province who helped him escape after the incident Honnoji Sakai. In the Edo period, the ninja of the Iga set up headquarters in Harajuku to protect the city of Edo because of its strategic location in the south of the Main Street Koshu.

Besides ninja, samurai class Bakushin also choose to reside in Harajuku. In the Meiji era, Harajuku built as an important area that connects Tokyo with the area surrounding the city. After that, Omotesando (the main road to the temple) built in 1919 after the Meiji Shrine was established. After the opening of department stores in the 1970s, became the center of Harajuku fashion.

This area became famous all over Japan after a covered fashion magazine like Anan and non-no. At that time, a group of girls called Annon-zoku often found walking around in the area of ​​Harajuku. Imitate their clothing style clothing worn magazine model Anan and non-no. Sometime in the 1980s, Takeshita Street became crowded because people want to see Takenoko-zoku who dress weird and dancing in the streets.

Type Harajuku Style in Japan

1.Visual Key


Visual Kei Harajuku style is more directed to the artist who followed the style of Japanese rock (JRock). The characteristics of this style is elaborate and detailed costumes, eccentric style, or weird, look and hair is styled in such a way, and the use of make-up is striking.

Here is the style most often we meet, Cosplay, short for Costume Player (in Japanese is pronounced as "Kosupure"). Cosplay is a style of dress that follows the character of manga, anime, or video game.



Lolita is a Japanese fashion style is influenced by Victorian and Rococo period clothing (Late Baroque). The characteristics that were encountered from Lolita style is a knee length skirt or dress with a shape like a cupcake (expands at the bottom), knee socks or stockings, headwear, and shirts with lots of lace. Lolita itself consists of multiple streams of styles, such as Gothic Lolita (GothLoli), Sweet Lolita, Qi Lolita, Wa Lolita, Country Lolita, and many more.

4.Decora and Kawaii
Decora or "Decoration" is a Japanese style clothing and accessories characterized by bright colors, use a lot of hairpins with ornaments and ribbons. Other common accessories included in this style is plasik doll or stuffed with feathers, and jewels which can cause noise when the wearer moves.

While Kawaii, which in Japanese means pretty or cute, in terms Harajuku style means someone wearing clothes that look like for children or style that accentuates the humor / cute guy who was wearing it. Its features are clothes with lots of wrinkles, pastel colors or bright colors, use of accessories, including a large toy or doll, and bags featuring anime characters.

5.Ganguro and Kogal
This style emerged in Japan in the early 1990s, culminating in 2000. His trademark is a dark skin color combined with hair dyed gray, silver, yellow, or other colors are still relating to the color orange. Ganguro girls typically use lipstick, concealer and eye shadow color of white, black eyeliner, wear false eyelashes, facial gem and pearl powder.


Clothes are used usually brightly colored, using mini skirt, tie-dye fabric, and wear a lot of jewelry (rings, necklaces, and bracelets). Kogal Ganguro almost the same. Kogal girl famous for "showing off" as if to tell everyone that they are very well established through the clothes that they use, accessories, bags (eg using bags Louis Vuitton), musical tastes, and their social activities daily.