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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Suite PreCure
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SPACE BROTHERS
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金属食器
Japanese knives
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Japanese sake
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Nambu ironware
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SOBA
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すき焼き
RICE CAKES
WHISKY
ウイスキー
YAYOI KUSAMA
MANABU IKEDA
TAKU OBATA
TABAIMO
MENBURYU
SANJA MATSURI
NEBUTA MATSURI
AWA ODORI
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剣道
SADO
茶道
SHODO
書道
KYUDO
弓道
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工
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刀鍛冶
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