Lost in Harajuku!

by Ed Lau on June 25, 2008

During my first few days in Tokyo, I got lost…a lot. In fact, I got so lost one day that I ended up in a completely different part of the city. I don’t know how it happened but I started in Shinjuku and ended up in Harajuku, which is a few stops on the JR Yamamote line.

The good news is that I know my way around quite well now and even figured out the absurd Japanese address system that I’m almost entirely sure no one understands. No, there’s no such thing as street numbers here…or even street names most of the time. Each area of town is divided up and then each one of those sections is divided up again and given numbers…and each building block (not each building) is given another number. For example…the rental agency for my apartment is located at 7-2-6 Nishi-Shinjuku.

Anyways, Harajuku isn’t a bad place to get lost in, especially if you like clothing. All the big streetwear brands have a store in the area, including A Bathing Ape, Supreme, Neighborhood, Undercover, BBC, Stussy and plenty more. Of course, if you’re into high fashion, there’s Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, etc down the street in Aoyama.

I’m not going to say I haven’t been lost since but…I haven’t been this lost.

in Fashion,Photography,Travel

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Leo June 25, 2008 at 12:22 pm

Sounds like you’re panting a little bit there, Ed. Time to climb Mt. Fuji!


Ed Lau June 25, 2008 at 12:24 pm

Well duh. It’s f’n far, I’m carrying about 30 pounds of camera equipment and it’s 30 degrees out.


mostlylisa June 25, 2008 at 2:03 pm

sweet vid! you go with your arms length videoing. hi-5!


weew June 25, 2008 at 4:27 pm

Hey Ed, can you go check out Harajuku on a Sunday? That’s when all the crazy cosplay takes place. Take pics!


Kevin Yee June 25, 2008 at 7:00 pm

“I’ve walked all the way from Shinjuku to harajuku and uh……….i have no idea how to get back” LOL

I bet Ed went back to check out the Paris Erotica Dog Feti after he turned off the camera


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