Yoyogi Park's anime and manga

Yoyogi Park's anime and manga

In Yoyogi Park, just over the jingo-bashi bridge from Harajuku Station, you’ll find teens gathering to check out each other’s elaborate role-playing costumes and other outlandish subculture dress. Harajuku is the world capital of Cosplay, especially on a Sunday, and throughout the suburb you’ll see teens dressed as anime and manga characters, or trussed up in ‘lolita’ wear –elaborate costumes influenced by fashion of the Victorian and Edwardian periods. The lolita look typically combines knee length skirt or dress, headdress, blouse, petticoat, knee high socks or stockings and rocking horse or high heel shoes. You’ll see goth, vampire, broken doll, maid and sailor subsets, many with devoted magazines and cafes. There is a mass of ever changing subcultures and fetishes in Japan, with Harajuku one of the best places to see the latest.

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