Harajuku girls

Gwen Stefani's recent song and multiple mentions of the aformentioned Harajuku girls throughout her new solo album has had an odd numbing effect on my want or need to research what, exactly, a Harajuku girl is? In fact, I would possibly pay money for a version of this album without the word Harajuku in it. More than anything however, I just want her to get back to the task at hand: making more New Order songs.

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Dave said…
you probably know this already, but Harajuku station is where all the Harajuku goth kids hang out (actually on the bridge over the railway tracks above the station, that leads to the Meiji-ju shrine). it's a popular place for the "goth-trendy" to hangout, and also lots of voyeur tourists to snap pix.

nearby Omote-sando is also a street where a bunch of fashion houses are located, and lots of J-girls go there to buy the latest shit.

anyway, it's a mildly entertaining place to go if you ever make it over there...

- dmc
Mikazuki said…
"you probably know this already, but Harajuku station is where all the Harajuku goth kids hang out (actually on the bridge over the railway tracks above the station, that leads to the Meiji-ju shrine). it's a popular place for the "goth-trendy" to hangout, and also lots of voyeur tourists to snap pix."

Um no.

There are no "Goths" in Japan. There are Gothic and Lolita followers, there are punks, there are just so many styles that you can't label them as "goths" let alone "goth-trendy."

When most people think of "Goths" they think of the American kids that dress in all black with black lipstick and nailpolish and that is not the style you'll see in Harajuku. It's hard to explain to those who have never seen someone dressed in Harajuku but even if they dress in all black their clothes have a sense of style and even sophistication that American Goths do not have and that is why they (in Japan) are not "Goths."

http://www.style-arena.jp/english/street/harajuku/
kisa said…
as someone else has said there arnt "goths" in japan and by the sounds of it they dont even like the american stereotype of goth, and in gwensvideo what you waiting for, you can easily see in her clothes she has alot of influence from japanese gothic lolita's but gwen being as great as she is has given it a twist of well...gwen-ness
these are pictures of kana (a japanese rocker and model) n you can see where gwens influence has come from

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v513/kisa-chii/pg52.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v513/kisa-chii/pg52.jpg
new2cas5 said…
Whatever Harajuku girls or any stlye produced by them I think is freaken cool!!!
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Monique & Paul said…
The notion that there aren't "goths" in Japan, I think, is false. Though they may not be what some people in the States call nu-goths, there is a wide range of "goth" for those existing within that subculture, which does include those "gothic lolitas" and "gothic aristocrats."

I might pay for a version of the album where Stefani pronounces Harajuku in a way that is at least closer to how the word should be pronounced.

At any rate, Harajuku is a popular shopping district that is the center of individual and unique styles that are showcased in several Japanese magazines - two more well known magazines being FRUiTS and the Gothic Lolita Bible.
Mikala said…
Harajuku girls are simply.. http://www.style-arena.jp/english/street/harajuku/
It is it's own unique style that Japanese girls are wearing. Nothing more, nothing less.
HONEY CHILD said…
there are gothic harajuku girl's check this out at http://www.japan.twinisles.com/aa1.htm
yaykarin said…
doesnt anyone else see Gwen's toting around these harajuku girls as a bit--inhumane? Egotistical? Or at the very least odd? MTV news even reported that while the girls all speak perfect english, they are on contract as only being allowed to speak Japanese when in the presence of Gwen or they are fired on the spot and replaced. Personally I think it's twisted. It's using real life God-created people as dispensable faceless fashion accessories. I love Gwen, but using people as purses- not cool.
Monique said…
I think that this yaykarin person is wrong about Gwen using the Harajuku girls as purses. First of all, they signed a contract with her so of course she's gonna use their japanese and their style in her videos. Secondly,why would she make them only speak japanese around her when she probably doesn't really know that much Japanese. If she did she would have to hire an interpertor, that would be a waste of time and money I mean hello she's not stupid. I personally, luv Harujuku style and although it's their own I'm glad she's making a clothing line so that everyone can enjoy it. I think that most of u guys r just hating on Gwen.
japanroks said…
i think that in every were in the wourld there are goths and harajuku has a goths somewhere, however that does not mean that evey person that dresses in black is a goth any way dressing in black is quite steryotype goth,goths can were pink as long as there a goth in heart.I think moniqueis wright qwen would not make the love,angel,music or babyspeak in japanese! especaly as angel id from america!

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