A Japanese street style mixing elements of otaku culture (anime, manga, idols, gaming) with Harajuku cool is quickly gaining popularity. Elleanor takes us to the opening of Park Harajuku to check out this growing scene!
"Elleanor's Tokyo" is a weekly video blog by Elleanor - a 19-year-old English-speaking Japanese girl who spends most of her life in Harajuku.
In the last few years, a Japanese street fashion movement that mixes Akiba-kei / Akihabara culture (anime, manga, idols, retro gaming, chiptune, pixel art, glitch art) with Harajuku (colorful coordinates, handmade items, kawaii accessories, graphics) has been growing. Once only a subculture, Akihabara x Harajuku fashion has suddenly become more mainstream, with Harajuku brands doing otaku-influenced collaborations, and new shops opening to cater to fans of this type of fashion.
In this episode, Elleanor talks about the growing popularity of this type of fashion and takes us to the opening party of Park Harajuku - a new shop that mixes otaku / Akiba-kei and Harajuku elements. The items that Park Harajuku carries vary from super kawaii Japanese fairy kei fashion (Milklim), to America otaku fashion (Omocat), to indie Japanese otaku designers, to anime and managa DVDs, to toys and accessories directly from Akihabara. Park Harajuku also has several of their own manga characters.
For more information on Park Harajuku, check their official website:
For info on the artists featured in this video:
Rei Nakanishi (designer)
VI☆妙 (shironuri musicians)
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Elleanor works at two clothing shops in Harajuku, as well as having previously worked at a cafe inside of LaForet Harajuku. She's also been street snapped by FRUiTS (and other magazines), as well as having created handmade accessories for a Harajuku boutique.
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Here are the licensed songs used in this video:
50's Housewife by Garry O'Neal
"Dial-up Techno" by Steve Theo