Kumamiki

Partybaby designer

Ribbon

Apparel sales representative

Harajuku fashion is a way to express myself.

Polka dots on a vividly colored kimono, combined with ribbons and rainbow-colored hair. This is the seemingly eccentric style of so-called Harajuku girls, who make it their fashion statement. Kumamiki says, “I design children’s clothes that even adults can wear. I nicknamed myself kuma (bear) because I looked back at my childhood drawing of a teddy bear and found it to be so kawaii.”Another girl wears Harajuku fashion to create a character she calls “Ribbon.” “Thanks to Harajuku fashion, I’ve established my own character,” says Ribbon. “Her hair is girlish while her clothes are boyish. This is Ribbon’s concept. She’s not limited by gender.” Harajuku girls often say kawaii, which is nothing more than an exclamation of surprise. “Probably, for us kawaii means ‘That’s amazing!’”

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カラオケ
Japanese pub
居酒屋
Jinrikisha(Rickshaw)
人力車
Food model
食品模型
Edomae Zushi
江戸前寿司
Novels of Haruki Murakami
村上春樹の小説
Edo kiriko
江戸切子
Scramble crossing
スクランブル交差点
Umi-budoh
海ぶどう
Haarii
ハーリー
Shiisaa
シーサー
Mango
マンゴー
Japan
Hakuohki
Hong Kong
BRAVE10/ TIGER&BUUNY
Italy
One Piece
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Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
Ippon udon
一本饂飩
Small Torii
小さな鳥居
Zazen
坐禅
Shohekiga
障壁画
FUJIKO F. FUJIO MUSEUM
manga master who “visualized” children’s dreams
OTAKU CAMERA
the app that makes anyone a manga character
BRAIN WAVE CAT EARS
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GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
Cosmetics
化粧品
ANREALAGE
アンリアレイジ
SIRI SIRI
SIRISIRI
Daruma
達磨
SUKIYAKI
すき焼き
KATSUOBUSHI
鰹節
RICE VINEGAR
お酢
ODEN
おでん
MANABU IKEDA
YAYOI KUSAMA
TAKU OBATA
TABAIMO
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
AWA ODORI
NEBUTA MATSURI
SANJA MATSURI
KARATEDO
空手
NOH
JUDO
柔道
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊