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Produced by Dan H. and Debre
Edited by Poe
Photos by Yumi Kawachi

(??) is an area within the Shibuya district of Tokyo, next to Yoyogi Park and the entrance to the Meiji Shrine. Like most places in Tokyo, it is easily accessible by trains running on the JR Yamanote Line, or by subways running on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line. Only popularized recently in the West, Harajuku was always known as a popular hangout for Tokyo youths, since the 1960's. Its popularity soared during the 80's and 90's when cosplayers and street performers dotted the area. Today, Harajuku is the center of sub-culture, with unique boutiques (such as Neighborhood and Undercover) and large retailers (such as Laforte and Gap) lined its streets. It is still a popular destination for youths, both locals and foreigners alike.

Want to check out Harajuku but can't fly out to Tokyo just yet? There is no need to fret. Freshness recently sent out our newest contributor, Yumi, to capture the gist of the place. Enjoy!

> View the Harajuku feature in the Freshness Gallery