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Date published: 24 September 2019
Last updated: 1 November 2019

Whether you love thrifting or want to nab an incredible bargain, you have to check out Harajuku’s Cat Street! Dozens of shops, cafes, and more all located within convenient walking distance. From quirky Harajuku fashions and high-end brands to vintage steals, there’s something for everyone! You can even recharge at one of the chic cafés or restaurants between shopping sprees.

As a massive fan of sustainable fashion myself, having so many great places on one street means that you’ll often find me wandering around the area. So here’s a list of my personal favorite can’t-miss second-hand stores for a great shopping experience.

In this article:
1. Ragtag Harajuku
2. Flamingo Harajuku
3. Chicago Jingumae
4. BAZZSTORE Harajuku Cat Street North Wing

1. Ragtag Harajuku: The Brand Connoisseur’s Paradise

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Known for their high-end brands, Harajuku’s Ragtag also carries a number of unique, creative pieces by more obscure designers. These are not your average bargain-basement products, as the main focus is truly top-of-the-range brands. So, don’t go in expecting one coin prices, but there are some real steals!

Although Ragtag as a company has to make sure that all their clothes meet their high standards of quality, each branch has its own style. The clothes are all bought from customers, sent to a warehouse, and then carefully selected to perfectly suit the vibe of each store, its customers, and the trends in the area. That means that just because a piece isn’t right for this store, or isn’t in season, doesn’t mean they won’t accept it and sell it at a better time or in a more suitable branch.

The customers who sell to and buy from Ragtag are truly passionate about the brands and designers; I was told that even in the wake of the rise of fast fashion, it’s not gotten any more difficult for Ragtag to get high-end goods. Although we live in the age of second-hand shopping apps and websites, a lot of Ragtag’s customers sell to them because they really want other brand-savvy people to buy the clothes; people who know and enjoy the brand, and who will appreciate that an item wasn’t cheap!

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There is an entire section at the front of the first floor dedicated to Comme des Garçons, a popular Japanese brand with both chic and creative pieces. The white floor contrasts with the area around it and draws attention to this section, which itself feels open and elegant, and somehow not at all out of place.

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Despite being in the heart of Tokyo, the enormous glass front and large shop floor give the customers breathing room and make this Ragtag both spacious and stylish. According to the manager, people with an interest in architecture sometimes visit just to check out the building’s design.

There are 15 branches in total: seven in Tokyo, four in Osaka, two in Fukuoka, and one each in Aichi and Hyogo. They first opened in Harajuku in 1985, around the corner on Takeshita Street. They moved to Cat Street in 2012, partly because the original store was a bit too small. That’s definitely not an issue anymore!

The staff are as polite and professional as you’d expect of someone working in such a classy place. They are also confident and friendly enough to approach visitors and speak to them in English. With Chinese and Korean members of staff around as well, visitors from all over can shop and ask for help with ease! Ragtag even has an online store with international shipping, so the hunt for your favorite brands doesn’t have to begin and end with your trip to Japan; you can enjoy reasonably-priced Japanese and high-end fashions from the comfort of your own home!

While there may be some who feel apprehensive about buying second-hand, rest assured: you really can’t tell that these clothes aren’t brand new. Most are in mint, like-new condition, so they’re perfect for any first time second-hand shoppers. They’re also great for anyone who has wanted to get their hands on certain brands that have until now been a little too pricey!

  • Ragtag Harajuku


    • Address 6 Chome-14-2 Jingūmae, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0001
    • Nearest Station Meiji Jingūmae Station (Tokyo Metro), 4 minutes on foot
      Harajuku Station (JR Yamanote Line), 10 minutes on foot

2. Flamingo Harajuku: From Second-hand to New, and Vintage to Retro

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For Flamingo, let’s first look at a bit of their background: what exactly is the difference between ‘second-hand’ and ‘vintage’? The word ‘vintage’ refers to a specific category of second-hand – or used – clothes. Vintage clothes generally date back to sometime from around 20 to 100 years ago, but definitions do vary. ‘Retro’, on the other hand, can also refer to any clothes that merely look vintage.

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With that in mind, Flamingo is your go-to vintage and retro clothing store! They offer true vintage clothes and clothes inspired by vintage styles, but they don’t limit themselves to just clothes from the 40s to the 90s; they also carry a range of more modern or timeless pieces that lend themselves perfectly to a vintage aficionado’s wardrobe, such as a huge range of Dr. Martens and both fine and costume jewelry.

They offer a great selection of items for every season, and they always have over 3,000 items available. Buyers living in the United States carefully select each piece in-keeping with their theme of “Your Local Vintage Shop”. It’s not just the clothes that stick to the theme, either; the décor is unusual and quirky with a welcoming warmth. From the neon pink flamingo outside to the chandeliers and wooden furniture and decorations inside, the style of the shop manages to use contrast to create a unique vibe that really puts you in the mood to get creative!

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There is also a mixture of brand new and second-hand items for sale, so there’s plenty for those who want a vintage or retro look, but also for those who prefer to buy new. The staff are super friendly, knowledgeable, and can also let you know which items are new and which are second-hand! A representative for the brand also wanted readers to know that they’ve made sure that their clothes are perfect (i.e. in great condition!) for even first time thrifters who may be hesitant to dive into the world of second-hand clothes, so feel free to drop in!

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In total, there are twelve branches of Flamingo and its affiliated stores in the country: five branches of Flamingo, two “Flamingo Mabataki” stores, two “Florida” stores, and “meadow by Flamingo” in Tokyo; one Flamingo in Kyoto; and another Florida in Osaka.

This particular shop has been up and running since August 10th, 2012. An impressive four of these stores (two Flamingos, one Florida, and one Flamingo Mabataki) are within easy walking distance of one another on or around Cat Street, so there’s plenty to choose from!

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  • Flamingo Harajuku

    フラミンゴ 原宿店

    • Address 〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Jingūmae, 4−26-28 Jankuyādo
    • Nearest Station Meiji Jingūmae Station (Tokyo Metro), 4 minutes on foot
      Harajuku Station (JR Yamanote Line), 7 minutes on foot

3. Chicago Jingumae: Your One-Stop Shop for Kimonos and Grunge

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Next up is Chicago, which has a vintage feel that doesn’t try too hard, a vibe that’s reflected in its minimalist exterior and warmly-lit, wooden interior. As there is a total of four branches in Harajuku alone, every store has its own slightly different style of interior design to let the character of each shop shine and to keep things interesting! I feel that this Cat Street branch has had its vibe toned down, creating a perfectly mellow backdrop for the range of fashions available. Its quirky collection of clothes is definitely in-keeping with the edgy, unique Harajuku style, but it still offers plenty for people with more subdued tastes.

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In fact, the most noteworthy thing about Chicago is definitely the sheer variety. Even here in Tokyo, amongst numerous second-hand shops, they claim to have the largest range of products available. That isn’t limited to clothes, either; they also offer a variety of knickknacks. There are well-known brands mixed in with vintage pieces, as well as modern, western-style clothes and a range of traditional Japanese garments from jinbei to kimono and everything in between; seriously, they have wooden geta shoes, obi kimono belts – the works!

And it isn’t just the range of types of clothes that’s impressive; they offer every color, pattern, and fabric under the sun, boasting a huge assortment of denim jackets and jeans, corduroy skirts, vibrant Hawaiian shirts, dainty day dresses, and much more! They also have a large collection of pins and patches, so you can DIY and customize to your heart’s content.

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Chicago is a Japanese company that has been in business for around fifty years. At the time that they started doing business, there weren’t any stores selling second hand-clothes. They decided to set up shop in Harajuku because that’s where young people tended to gather, and then on Cat Street because of the rich culture of both second-hand and new fashions. They originally had all their western-style clothes sourced by buyers in The United States, but since they started selling kimonos, they’ve started gathering their Japanese clothes and even some western clothes right here in Japan.

There are seven branches of the store in total; six in Tokyo, and one in Kyoto. The four in Harajuku are all within close walking distance, so don’t miss your chance to check them out while you’re in town! This shop’s representative expressed that you can definitely have fun even if you don’t buy anything, so you should come and hang out for sure! The staff are friendly and will greet you cheerfully, but they will also generally let you do your thing and shop in peace unless you approach them for help.

  • Chicago Jingumae

    原宿シカゴ 神宮前店

    • Address 6 Chome-31 Jingūmae, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0001
    • Nearest Station Meiji Jingūmae Station (Tokyo Metro), 3 minutes on foot
      Harajuku Station (JR Yamanote Line), 8 minutes on foot

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4. BAZZSTORE Harajuku Cat Street North Wing: Great Bargains, Brands, and Basics

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Don’t let initial appearances fool you; this BAZZSTORE is bigger on the inside than it appears on the outside, and at any rate, they pack plenty into a smaller space! There are cool graphic tees and jackets hung up around the staircase and their second floor is a surprisingly good size.

There are 12 stores in total, all in Tokyo, with their newest in Takadanobaba. They have one shop in Shibuya and two in Shimokitazawa as well, so there are a few options just a short train ride away! The Harajuku branch opened around 2 years ago, coinciding with a boom in interest in second-hand clothes. Although it’s located amongst a huge range of the expected unconventional Harajuku fashions, it also carries a lot of high street brands and more low-key fashions. However, its men’s section in particular also has plenty of graphic tees, caps, and shoes that feel right at home in Harajuku!

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While there is a range of prices, I feel that it’s probably one of the most reasonably priced of all the second hand stores in Harajuku (I once found a cashmere Ralph Lauren sweater here for 900 yen!). If you dig, you can almost always find a gem or two here, and I find it hard to leave empty-handed. Generally, shopping at the end of a season is your best bet for finding a great deal (I did find the sweater at the beginning of summer, after all). However, I was assured that they always try their best to price their pieces reasonably for their customers.

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Everything is bought from customers, in fact, and the shop’s representative let me know that they now offer their services buying from customers in English! The process and an explanation are available in English, and tourists won’t be paid any less; you’ll get the same amount as any other customer. So if you’ve gotten to the end of your holiday and realised your suitcase has mysteriously ended up being overweight, just bring the clothes you’re ready to part with and your passport and get some extra cash for the road!

They generally let their customers know in-person what items they’re looking for, and they always have more than one buyer working in each shop. If for some reason they can’t accept something, they will still give you an idea of how much its worth and give feedback explaining why they personally can’t take it. However, they have a pretty big range of brands they sell, so they rarely have to turn customers down.

The staff here are super chill and will let you browse in peace, but they’re always happy to help you out when you need it.

What are you waiting for?

Everybody knows Harajuku as a hub of wacky and fun fashions and subcultures, but without a doubt, Cat Street has something for everyone, whatever your sense of style. Somewhat away from the hustle and bustle of the much larger Omotesando, but still very much in the heart of Harajuku, you can often avoid the worst of the crowds. I highly recommend spending the day window shopping or putting together an outfit to remember, and sipping bubble tea in between.

The staff at all of these shops are clearly passionate about the clothes and styles they work with, and are happy to answer any questions you may have about them. A number of the shops have English-speaking staff or services in English, so you don’t need to speak any Japanese to get around and have a good time.

Japan is not the first country I’ve thrifted in, but it is the best. It’s hard to beat the variety and quality of the clothes you’ll find here. A lot of Japanese people tend to take very good care of their clothes, and it certainly shows in their second-hand stores!

  • Shibuya Cat Street


    • Address 6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0001
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    • Nearest Station Omotesando Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line / Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line)
      15 minutes on foot

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Katie Clayton

Having lived in Jamaica and the UK, Katie now finds herself most at home in Japan.She’s an English teacher and a translator with a passion for fashion, and she’s a proat hunting down beautiful locally made products and thrifted gems. Two of herfavorite pastimes include eating and relaxing at onsen – though preferably not at thesame time!

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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Where can I buy vintage clothes in Japan? ›

Known as furugiya, or recycle shops in Japanese, used clothing stores can be found in fashionable neighbourhoods across the city. A good place to start is Harajuku in Shibuya. Known the world over for its colourful and bizarre street style, it's an excellent spot for people-watching – especially on Sunday afternoons.

Is Harajuku fashion still a thing? ›

Harajuku goth

The area centered on Takeshita Street is a treasure trove of niche fashion. The goth look has been around for many years and is still going strong. Decked out in all black clothing, the goths of Harajuku form a strong contrast to the colorful 'kawaii' looks for which the area is famed.

What is the most popular street fashion in Japan? ›

Japanese Street Fashion Trends
  • Lolita. Of all the Harajuku trends, Lolita is one of the most popular. ...
  • Ojikawa. Ojikawa is more commonly known in Japan as Oji girl and is a winter trend that is often seen on the catwalks. ...
  • Decora. Another Harajuku trend is Decora. ...
  • Kawaii. ...
  • Harcoza. ...
  • Bubbles. ...
  • Candy.

What is Harajuku fashion known for? ›

Harajuku doesn't describe one particular style or way of looking, but the conglomeration of many different styles in one place. While it can refer to almost any fashion style, the subculture of Harajuku fashion styles focuses primarily on two concerns – community and freedom of expression.

Is 20 years old vintage clothing? ›

For clothing to be considered vintage, a garment or accessory has to be more than 20 years old. This means there is plenty of vintage to be found in all sorts of places in a myriad of styles, maybe even in your Mom's closet.

What is the kimono worn for 20 years old? ›

On Seijin-no-hi, municipalities throughout Japan hold ceremonies for the new adults. The 20 years old attend the ceremony with dressed up; men wear suit and women wear furisode, or long sleeved kimono.

What does Harajuku mean in English? ›

The word Harajuku means “meadow lodging” in Japanese, according to the online Japanese dictionary Jisho. As a town or village, it's been around since at least the 12th century.

What is the dark Harajuku fashion called? ›

Goth-loli (Dark Lolita or Gothic Lolita)

It features dark, Gothic makeup and a macabre twist on traditional Lolita elements like bows, clips and jewelry. The style became popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and still exists among many Japanese youth today.

What is a Harajuku girl style? ›

Harajuku style is a mix of all the well-known Japanese sub-styles, for example Sweet lolita, Gothic lolita, Visual kei, Cosplay, Decora, Gyaru, cutesy fairy kei and punk rock clothing . Traditional Japanese garments like kimonos and wooden sandals have been infused into the style since the beginning.

What is the Japanese cute style called? ›

The cuteness culture, or kawaii aesthetic, has become a prominent aspect of Japanese popular culture, entertainment, clothing, food, toys, personal appearance, and mannerisms.

What clothing brand are popular in Japan? ›

Japanese Fashion Brands You Need to Know
  • Biéde. ...
  • Novesta. ...
  • Sacai. ...
  • Noir Kei Ninomiya. ...
  • Junya Watanabe Comme des Garçons. ...
  • Y.
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Are kimonos Still in Style 2022? ›

These days, it's popular with the trendy music festival crowd. See below for a look back at how the kimono has appeared in our street style galleries, from the couture shows in 2016 to the ready-to-wear shows of 2022.

How much does Harajuku cost? ›

The average price of a 7-day trip to Harajuku is $1,798 for a solo traveler, $3,229 for a couple, and $6,054 for a family of 4. Harajuku hotels range from $61 to $375 per night with an average of $96, while most vacation rentals will cost $120 to $420 per night for the entire home.

Are there still Harajuku Girls? ›

While each person's individual style may vary, you'll far more often see pastels and loose, flowing material than layers of bright colors and cosplay references. Of course, there are still those who dress in Harajuku style, and shops with these items are not unheard of around Japan.

What is the name of Japanese street fashion? ›

Gyaru (sometimes known as Ganguro, actually a subcategory of gyaru), is a type of Japanese street fashion that originated in the 1970s. Gyaru focuses on girly-glam style, dwelling on man-made beauty, such as wigs, fake lashes and fake nails. Gyaru is also heavily inspired by Western fashion.

What is the age limit for vintage? ›

Most antique dealers consider an item to be vintage if it is at least 40 years old. So, in the context of this blog date, a vintage item would be made between 1918 and 1978. Even though many vintage items are nostalgic, they are sought after for many reasons besides their age. This includes decorating and collecting.

What vintage clothing is most popular? ›

Top 10 Popular Vintage Clothing Items Everyone Must Consider
  • Vintage Jeans/Pants. One of the fundamental vintage clothing items for your outfit is a pair of jeans or pants. ...
  • Top Vintage T-Shirts. ...
  • Vintage Jackets. ...
  • Short-Sleeved Shirts. ...
  • Sweatshirts & Hoodies. ...
  • Vintage Dresses. ...
  • Blouses. ...
  • Dungarees.
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Is 60 years old considered vintage? ›

An item should be at least 100 years old to be defined as an antique. Generally speaking if the item is no older than an antique but not less than 20 years, it falls under the term vintage.

Do you wear a bra under a kimono? ›

A kimono bra is ideal, but if not, a sports bra or non-wire bra is recommended. If you don't have it, keep in mind the following and choose from what you have.

Is it okay to wear a kimono if you're not Japanese? ›

Can foreigners wear kimono? To get straight to the point: As long as a kimono is worn out of respect and appreciation of the Japanese culture, it's perfectly fine to wear a kimono as a foreigner.

What do black kimonos mean? ›

The black color is often used in Japanese Kimono to represent power and elegance. The black fabric of a kimono is often used to represent femininity and beauty in Japan. The color's deep shade was originally created as an alternative for cherry blossom flowers, which were not available during winter months.

How do you dress like a Harajuku girl? ›

Layering is a hallmark of Harajuku style and allows you to mix and match a wide variety of styles. Try layering tank tops and shirts, sweaters with vests and jackets, or dresses with leggings. Ruffled dresses are also a popular way to give the illusion of a layered look.

What does Suki mean English? ›

I like you.

First of all, suki (好き). The latter can be used more lightly than the other three. It expresses affection rather than literal love and is usually translated into “like” in English. For this reason, it can be used between friends as well as between partners.

Who is the leader of the Harajuku Girls? ›

leader G

What do female Goths wear? ›

Goth fashion can be recognized by its stark black clothing. Ted Polhemus described goth fashion as a "profusion of black velvets, lace, fishnets and leather tinged with scarlet or purple, accessorized with tightly laced corsets, gloves, precarious stilettos and silver jewelry depicting religious or occult themes".

What is dark kawaii? ›

Yamikawaii (病みかわいい) is a Japanese fashion aesthetic that has evolved from Yumekawaii (ゆめかわいい). Kawaii means cute, Yume meaning dreamlike, and Yami being dark. Yamikawaii adds opposing elements to the traditional Yumekawaii style to juxtapose the fantasy playfulness against darker themes and style.

What are geisha outfits called? ›

Both geisha and apprentice geisha typically wear kimono known as hikizuri (also known as susohiki, which have extra-long, trailing skirts. These kimono feature a collar set further back into the neck, and sleeves attached unevenly to the body of the kimono.

What is a female Japanese dress called? ›

The kimono (きもの/着物, lit. 'thing to wear') is a traditional Japanese garment and the national dress of Japan. The kimono is a wrapped-front garment with square sleeves and a rectangular body, and is worn left side wrapped over right, unless the wearer is deceased.

Where do Harajuku Girls hang out? ›

Yoyogi Park is a large spacious park that connects visitors to Harajuku Station and the beautiful Meiji Shrine. On a Sunny day, Rockability Boys donned in 1950s rock attire take to the park to showcase their best dancing and singing abilities. Harajuku Girls are often spotted relaxing in the park beneath parasols.

What is the kawaii style called? ›

The style has even evolved into various genres of cuteness, such as Guro-kawaii (grotesque cute), ero-kawaii (erotic cute), kimo-kawaii (creepy cute), and busu-kawaii (ugly cute). One contemporary artist to adopt the style is Takashi Murakami, who has developed his own set of cutsie—and often unsettling—characters.

What does a kawaii girl look like? ›

To be a Kawaii girl, dress in bright, colorful clothes with feminine details like frills and bows. Then, add key chains, clip-on stuffed animals, and other cute accessories to your backpack or purse. If you wear makeup, go for a clean, innocent look with pink blush and pink, sparkly lip gloss.

What does Kawai mean in Japanese? ›

In Japanese, the word kawaii has a meaning that sits more or less at the juncture of "cute," "tiny," or "lovable." The cute aesthetic—with its bold, nearly cartoon-like lines and rounded forms—informs a large segment of Japanese popular culture.

What is the most famous Japanese brand? ›

10 Of The Largest and Most Popular Japanese Companies
  • Nintendo.
  • Toyota.
  • Canon.
  • Sony.
  • Asics.
  • Shiseido.
  • Asahi Breweries.
  • Studio Ghibli.
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What famous brands come from Japan? ›

Some well-known Japanese companies: Toyota, Honda, Honda Jet, Nissan, Mazda, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Komatsu, Yamaha, Bridgestone Tires, Epson, Canon, Nikon, Minolta, Olympus, Konica, Pentax, Ricoh, Sony, Sharp, Toshiba, Hitachi, NEC, Panasonic, Pioneer, Onkyo, TDK, Fujitsu, Mizuno, Asics, Casio, Citizen, ...

What should you not wear with leggings? ›

For those days when you feel like putting on leggings, steer clear of over-accessorizing and leave the heavy chains, earrings, and flashy rings in your dresser. Sneakers or flat boots are the perfect footwear to go with leggings, and a great way to keep casual but still look smart and on-trend.

What kind of jeans are in style 2022? ›

Oversized Wide-Legs

Fall's most popular denim style is oversize wide-legs. Cut like a palazzo pant, with a relaxed shape that flares gently from the waist to floor-grazing hems, they work with everything from a jean jacket to a blazer or boatneck top.

Can I still wear skinny jeans in 2022? ›

But you don't need to wait until skinny jeans are at the top of the denim trend list again to wear yours. Here are ways to style your tried-and-true pair to make them look cool in 2022.

Is it cheaper to live in Japan or America? ›

The average cost of living in Japan ($1171) is 45% less expensive than in the United States ($2112). Japan ranked 43rd vs 6th for the United States in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

How much is a geisha? ›

It can be anywhere between $3K a month to tens of thousands of dollars for a popular geisha as she can also get gifts from her clients including expensive silk kimono and gems that cost more than 5 figures etc..

How much money do you need to live comfortably in Japan? ›

In more rural areas you can certainly find such apartments, but in any city you should expect to pay 50,000 yen or more. The average rent for a studio apartment in Tokyo is about 90,000 yen!
Cost of Living Expenses.
Other expenses¥6,576
Excess entertainment expenses​¥12,934
Total expenditures¥148,351
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What language is Harajuku? ›

In 1965, the name of the area in the Japanese address system was officially changed from Harajuku to Jingumae. The name Harajuku has persisted due to the earlier naming of the nearby JR East Harajuku Station.

Is kawaii still a thing? ›

Yes, kawaii is everywhere in Japan. At home, at stores, at restaurants, and even at the station, you will spot some kawaii items and designs. If you like Japanese pop culture such as anime, manga and games, you might be more familiar with the concept of kawaii.

How do you dress like a Japanese street style? ›

Japanese street fashion tips
  1. Sport fancy hair colours and hairstyles.
  2. Dress in eye-catching bold colours.
  3. Wear asymmetrical clothing.
  4. Don plaid prints.
  5. Retro or vintage-style clothing.
  6. Prints on prints.
  7. Put on additional layers.
  8. Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise.
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What is a Japanese skirt called? ›

The Kimono was originally accompanied by a long skirt called a Hakama. As time has gone on, it's become fashionable to wear the Kimono Hakama-less with a small sash, or Obi, to hold it together. The Kimono is traditionally worn for weddings, tea ceremonies, formal traditional events and funerals.

Do thrift stores exist in Japan? ›

Tokyo has its fair share of second hand clothing shops, and most of them are concentrated in certain areas. Let us introduce the 5 best areas for thrift shopping in Tokyo: Shimokitazawa, Koenji, Harajuku, Shibuya, and Kichijoji.

How do I find a vintage clothing supplier? ›

How to Look for Vintage Wholesale Suppliers
  1. Facebook and similar platforms are a new home for clothing wholesale like shirts.
  2. Check the policy of all wholesalers when planning to buy shirts and other clothes.
  3. Trade shows are a new-old home where resellers could shop.

Where do vintage clothes sell best? ›

Some of the most popular dedicated marketplaces for vintage clothing are:
  • ThredUp.
  • Vinted.
  • Depop.
  • Poshmark.
8 Aug 2022

Where can I find vintage bulk clothing? ›

Purchase from online wholesale marketplaces.
  1. Popular online vintage clothing stores, like and, allow you to shop for clothing by the bundle, by piece, or by weight. ...
  2. You can also look for bulk vintage clothing on wholesale lots on websites like eBay or Etsy.

Is thrifting cheap in Japan? ›

Thrifting in Japan is easy, affordable, good for the environment, and doesn't typically require much or any extra effort. In this article, I'll give you general tips on shopping secondhand in Japan, as well as introduce some prominent shops and marketplaces to get started.

What is the best Japan online shopping? ›

Our selection of the best Japanese online shops
  • Rakuten Japan.
  • Square Enix.
  • Suruga-ya.
  • Tower Records Japan.
  • Uniqlo Japan.
  • WEGO Japan.
  • Yahoo Auctions Japan.
  • Zozotown.

Is shopping cheap in Japan? ›

Is shopping cheap in Japan? Shopping in Japan is neither cheap nor expensive. Generally speaking, Electronics, shoes and branded goods are more expensive in Japan (Compared to the USA). Anime goods, Japanese souvenirs tend to be cheap. Just like any other country, There are very cheap shops (Example: Daiso.

How old does a garment have to be to be considered vintage? ›

The word vintage literally means "of age." With such an open meaning, there are many interpretations. Most antique dealers consider an item to be vintage if it is at least 40 years old.

How old does a piece of clothing have to be to be considered vintage? ›

A generally accepted industry standard is that items made between 30 years ago and 100 years ago are considered "vintage" if they clearly reflect the styles and trends of the era they represent. Items 100 years old or more are considered antique.

What vintage items are most sought after? ›

Here, you'll find a list of the most popular vintage items that are currently in demand.
  • Records. Records are a popular collectible item among various age groups. ...
  • Vintage Advertising Signage. ...
  • Vintage Books. ...
  • Automobilia/Petroliana. ...
  • Vintage Toys. ...
  • Jewelry. ...
  • Mid-Century Modern. ...
  • Art Deco.
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Is vintage clothing popular in 2022? ›

Fortunately, "vintage" and "vintage inspired" seem to be the phrases of the year, with both sartorial and sustainable trends moving in the same direction. We've rounded up the top vintage trends for 2022 so you can get to thrift-shop hunting or grab a modern, updated version if you prefer.

What is the oldest piece of clothing ever found? ›

The oldest clothing item recorded is the linen Tarkhan dress from Egypt's first Dynasty approximately 5,000 years ago. Pants found in a Chinese tomb were made 3,000 years ago, while a 1,700-year-old sock was fished out of a landfill during an archeological expedition in the Egyptian city of Antinoopolis.

Are vintage clothes a good investment? ›

An Investment

Even if you can get a t-shirt and jeans for less money at a high street store, a well-informed excursion to a vintage market can save you money in the long term by providing you with clothes that look fabulous and last for much longer than those cheaper items ever would.

Is there money in selling vintage clothes? ›

Vintage clothing is in. More and more people are buying it, therefore it's easier than ever to make money from selling retro fashion. It's official: second-hand is sexy! Endorsement from fashion icons, such as supermodel Kate Moss and stylist Bay Garnett, has helped charity shop fashion take hold on the high street.


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