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A Heart Full Day in Rainy Harajuku

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Heart Full Door, Harajuku

Harajuku is one of those places in Tokyo that I have a real love hate relationship with.  For most wether they are visitors from other countries or the Japanese themselves, Harajuku they love is full of teenage girls and boys playing dress up in and around Takeshita Street. Or the ultra brands like Gucci, Prada, and Luis Vuitton.  Often it is described as the gauge for what is happening in Japan’s fashion world.  For me, this is the part of Harajuku that just gives me the creeps and leaves me feeling empty.

It is too obvious.  Japan, crazy people, wearing lots of crazy clothes.  Being fiercely independent by all dressing alike.  Ok so there are a bunch of overly fashion obsessed kids around here, so now what?

What I actually dig about Harajuku are the little side streets that wind between Harajuku and Shibuya.  This is where cool little houses mingle with the most esoteric boutiques.  On this rainy day I was not disappointed.  I am always amazed that people live within a rock throw of the great teenage hordes.

On this rainy day in May, I still found some love to warm my heart.  A door to someone’s home had been tagged up with hearts.  Many many hearts.  Most of the hearts where smiling at me, so I smiled back at them.

Anyone who has spent a lot of time in Tokyo know that the real Tokyo lies hidden under the gloss of the tour books, and what the Japanese celebrate in their culture too.  The real Tokyo that captivates me is in these little backstreets that no one pays any attention to.  It is here on these wet backstreets that I found a door of hearts.  A door into my own heart.

Flower Full Door, Harajuku

 

Gated Jungle Home, Harajuku

 

They Try and they Try, but they Can’t Stop Art

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

They try and they try, but they can never stop art.  Art will always survive, even when it is just a faded, scrubbed image of what it initially was.

Can't Stop Art Harajuku 原宿

Blue, Blue Harajuku

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

On a beautiful winter day I hopped on the train and headed for the happening spot of Harajuku.  It was a great day to be out.  The sun shone brightly as the crisp air blew around the back alleys and streets of Harajuku.  I am always amazed at how the Japanese have managed to fit so many people, stores, and streets in such chaotic order.  There is no wasted space.  Every bit of useable, and livable space has been built on.  All the pieces fit together with no margin or error just like a jigsaw puzzle.  Sometimes is seems to me that if one house was taken out of the picture, the whole neighborhood would collapse like dominoes.

Harajuku Geometrical Living

Blue Bump Square

Rainy Dip

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

After over a month without a spec of rain, the skis opened up and it has been pouring all day long.  We decided to go try an Hawaiian transported breakfast place.  Maybe it wasn’t the best day for walking around Harajuku with a small umbrella, but it did feel good to not be roasting in the sun.

Dot Dot Dot

Umbrella Line Up

LL Face Walk

Ladder Graff Box

Black and White on a Sunny Day

Friday, April 30th, 2010

The sun was out and about yesterday while we strolled around Harajuku.  The light was intense which makes for some rich tones.  A few black and whites from that stroll.  More to come from another stroll about to begin in a few hours.

Fire Cap

219 Double Crossed

Door, Vines, Harajuku

Can’t Patch Over Art, Art Will Always Win

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

The day was lovely if not a bit on the windy side today.  We hopped on the train to go into Harajuku today.  We had planned to eat lunch at a new breakfast joint imported in from Oahu, but were dismayed to see the line literally go around the block.  Being in a state of dizziness due to eating early this morning we trodded on looking for a spot to eat.

We ended up in a sandwich place.  Which was okay, but the thing we discovered after sitting down was that the restaurant was in partnership with a cigarette company, so we were surrounded by adds trying to get the ladies to smoke.  I thinketh we will never go back there again.

Strolling around the little busy backstreets of Harajuku was enjoyable, I found YOU there, just sitting in a window front.  That was a nice touch, since it is always a pleasure to see you.

There also is this constant battle between the graffiti writers and the buffers.  In the end the  buffers can never win.  Art will always prevail.  The pattern the buffers left behind was so beautiful, with a faint hint of the original graff, it made my warm heart grow even warmer.

So get out there into the world.  See what there is to be seen.  Do not let them hold you back, flip the script and create art out of the seemingly artless.

Can't Patch Over Art

Boxed in Window

Tag, Weed, Wall, Harajuku

I found You in Harajuku

Ice Cream Saturday

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Just about though my pics from the past weekend.

Its time to load up and hit the streets for some fresh images.

2 more from the stroll around Harajuku.

Summer Ice Cream, Harajuku

Mailbox Door Reflection, Harajuku

Ballon Breasts and Bricks in Harajuku

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Got to wander around Harajuku this past weekend.  Took my niece who was visiting

there to see what all the young people were out and about.  A bit crazed trying to walk down

Takeshita Street, but got some good snaps on the way.

Ballon Breast, Harajuku

Skull Rail, Harajuku

Azure, double exposed and beautiful

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Some out take from a photo shoot a few years ago.

need to post more on line. when i can.

a taste of more to come . . .

Azure, Yoshimi and the Man

Azure and the man  in hats

By the way, this man produces the finest coffee i have had in tokyo.

if you are in the harajuku area, find his shop.

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