Harajuku is one of those words that if you are really into worldwide fashion, read a lot, or just hang out around other fashion savvy individuals, then more than likely Harajuku girls, Barbie, or kids, have crossed your path.
Recently you might have heard a certain Hip Hop Rapper, Nicki Minaj using the phrase “Harajuku Barbie” on her interviews or typed it on her twitter page, but the first big star that really popularized the word in the United States, and even made a song with her dancers “The Harajuku Girls” was Gwen Stefani. Gwen Stefani is a fashion icon in her own right, so it was only right she brought the term to light over here.
According Japan Guide, “Harajuku refers to the area around Tokyo’s Harajuku Station, one station north of Shibuya on the Yamanote Line”. This area is a well known spot for Japanese teenagers and their extreme sense of fashion and cultural style.
Harajuku is a fashion haven for teenagers and adults alike who enjoy shopping the various stores the streets provide, from trendy high priced garments, to used clothing, to very colorful attire that has become synonymous with the Harajuku kids and their lifestyle. Harajuku is a big fashion district with trendy designer stores like Louis Vuitton, and a lot of designer use the street culture and fashion sense as inspiration for their designs.
If you ever find yourself in Japan, make sure you go down to the Harajuku on a Sunday to witness “Costume Play”. The Harajuku kids stroll around the streets with outfits, most often with vibrant colors, second hand clothing, and mismatching, making them resemble Anime characters, Heavy Metal musicians, Movie Stars etc. The also known for their Gothic, kera and tune looks.