Remember the old stereotypes about Japanese clothes, of men in black suits and armies of women wearing designer scarves? Today, Japan is one of the world’s most creative fashion centers–on the high end as well as the grass roots level. These photos were taken on a street corner near Shinjuku JR Train Station and in front of the La Foret building in Harajuku, a six-storied building features small, independently run, intensely innovative boutiques, where grass roots-inspired youth fashion attracts fashion spies from all over the world. The nature of the street wear differs by Tokyo neighborhood. Harajuku is very youth oriented, whereas the Aoyama district, located just a few blocks away, attracts an older, more elegantly focused demographic. The Ginza, probably the world’s most celebrated and pace-setting fashion shopping district, attracts well-heeled people of all ages.
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