Okay so lets clear things out: Harajuku is basically this unbelievably fantastic district in Japan where Japanese teenagers rebel, so to speak, when it comes to clothing themselves. Harajuku started to take form around the time of World War II, when some Americans (military and civilians) sheltered at a so-called Washington Heights. About this time, the Japanese were eager and curious to explore a new culture.
Harajuku is the ultimate haven for trendsetting individuals and many artists have been greatly inspired by the arts shown here. Timeout.jp describes it as the “mecca for kawaii” (kawaii: meaning cute). Individuals who showcase their style dress in different genres, however the most prominent of such are the Lolita, punk, and gothic styles. Pop culture serves as a huge component of Harajuku streetstyle as well, and the conglomeration of the different nods in culture in an outfit translates to genuine Harajuku dressing.
There are no predetermined rules as to how one should dress in the Harajuku district. More often than not, this district calls for unrestricted expression of one’s own individuality. One can exaggerate, over-embellish, dramatize, and even underplay the way clothes are worn. One thing should be clear: In Harajuku, no one will judge you for whatever you wear because people are expected to wear whatever they think is “kawaii” for them!