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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Harajuku girl leads next-generation kawaii.
Harajuku fashion is a way to express myself.
I want to become Hello Kitty, the icon of Japan.
The color wizard behind 80s kawaii revival.
Sushi-go-round
回転寿司
Karaoke
カラオケ
Decorate anything
デコる
Electrical goods store
家電量販店
Meiji Shrine
明治神宮
Tokyo Station
東京駅
Gundam 1/1
ガンダム1/1
Tsukiji Market
築地市場
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
美ら海水族館
International Avenue
国際通り
Sanshin
三線
Awamori
泡盛
USA
Gunbuster
Japan
Kiki's Delivery Service
Japan
Lupin III
United Kingdom
Sailor Moon
New Kyoto-style umbrellas
新しい京和傘
Stay at a Buddhist temple
宿坊
Manga Museum
マンガミュージアム
Fushimi Inari Taisha
伏見稲荷大社
VACUUM TUBE HEADPHONES
a key item to bridge dreams and reality
ANIME PILGRIMAGE
a quest to visit locations relating to stories and characters
KOBE TETSUJIN 28-GO
mega-size robot who saves the peace in Kobe city
SPACE BROTHERS
super-popular manga depicts the dreams of youths dedicated to space
Tenugui (Japanese towels)
手拭
SIRI SIRI
SIRISIRI
Metal tableware
金属食器
Hasamiyaki ceramics
波佐見焼
SUKIYAKI
すき焼き
WASABI
山葵
KAISEKI
懐石
TEMPURA
天婦羅
MANABU IKEDA
KOHEI NAWA
TAKU OBATA
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
AWA ODORI
MENBURYU
NOH
IAI
居合
JUDO
柔道
KYUDO
弓道
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
SUMI-SHOKUNIN
墨職人
KATANA-KAJI
刀鍛冶