Japanese teenager in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan

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Every Sunday, young people dressed in a variety of styles including gothic lolita, visual kei, and decora, as well as cosplayers spend the day in Harajuku socializing. The fashion styles of these youths rarely conform to one particular style and are usually a mesh of many. Most young people gather on Jingu Bridge, which is a pedestrian bridge that connects Harajuku to the neighboring Meiji Shrine area.

I have always enjoyed visiting and spending time around Harajuku. The place is always full of surprise and full or energy. When I first arrived in Japan, the young people dancing around strangely costumed were called “Takenoko” or “bamboo shoot”.

Japanese teenager in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan, March 2006

Here are some portraits

Ceremonial Kimono, Tokyo, Japan
Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, Kyoto, Japan