Shoppers on Omotesandō in the Harajuku district in Tōkyō.


Harajuku Fashion and Youth Culture

Harajuku is a famous center of trends in fashion and youth culture.

Takeshita Takeshita is an intense center of youth culture.

Omotesandō Omotesandō resembles the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris.

Cat Street Cat Street is a trendy side street connecting Harajuku to Shibuya.

Shrine and
The Tōgō Shrine and the Cenotaph of the Submariners are unexpected naval memorials in the neighborhood.

Visit by way of Harajuku Station on the Yamanote Line. That's one train stop (or a short walk) north from Shibuya Station, and two stops south from Shinjuku.

The Anthropology of Culture and Street Fashion

Now I understand how William Gibson can write novels set in a very near future in which cultural or even fashion trends are the driving forces behind a highly technical thriller. As he points out:

The future is here. It's just not widely distributed yet.

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