Sunday, December 26, 2010

Day 181/365: Me and many other bewildered tourists...

Don't I look tired? So I should, I've just spent most of the day trying to track down all the costumed and exciting young Japanese kids in Harujuku... but to no avail... (and that's why I now have a beer in my hand!)
The first time we went to Harujuku we followed a throng of people who looked to be heading in the right direction, only to find ourselves on our way to a massive Japanese boy-band pop concert by Shinee... So we stopped, and checked our various maps, then read the Lonely Planet. We decided it might have been too early in the day, so we consoled ourselves by visiting the Shibuya crossing - you know - just for some 'quiet time'!

The second time we went back to Harujuku we joined even more bewildered looking tourists who were ALL referring to maps and Lonely Planets (although we all try and do it as inconspicuously as possible!). Everyone is desperately trying to find a stack of cool young Japanese kids... and sure, there are a few kids in some good get-up. But you can see these great styles anywhere in Tokyo nowadays. I'm beginning to think this Harujuku thing is a myth - a tourist attraction slowly dying...

And shucks, I guess I'm just a little disappointed as I'd worn my especially touristy Ken Done koala laden sweat shirt and all! Still, KD's koala's are smiling - so I will too! :-)

3 comments:

Liz said...

Cheers Jackie.

Lyndel said...

I don't think you will find anyone more 'excitingly' dressed than YOU* {and doing it 365 days a year too!)

birdmonkey said...

That Fruits time has past- I'm not sure that the cool kids stand out so much these days-
But those Cos-Play kids have an expo in Nagoya in the summer (polyester 32 degrees and 100% humidity anyone?) but about a third seemed to be foreigners and another third Korean.

The shops are still there tho'- and did you check out the downstairs second hand place? near by?