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ALTERATIVE CLOTHING SHOPS IN HARAJUKU: MARI'S ROCK, RICHARDS, TUTU SKIRTS.

Top hats, skull purses and tutu puff skirts. Harajuku punk rock, Goth, emo and lolita stores. Bargain cheap alternative fashion and shopping in Tokyo, Japan.

Whenever I traipse down Takeshita Doori in Harajuku, I’m compelled to stop every few steps and yell: “LOCK AND LOLLL!” It must be because of the skull prints and chains and plaids…

Colorful tutus, spooky Gothic aristocrat clothing for men and women. Harajuku punk rock, Goth, emo and lolita stores. Bargain cheap alternative fashion and shopping in Tokyo, Japan.

The yen-deficient among us will love the little boutiques that sell no-name Goth/Lolita/Punk clothing. You’ll find a huge selection of alternative fashion – tutu skirts, skull-print purses, long vampire coats with chains – at Wal-Mart prices. But you get what you pay for; expect the fabric to fall apart in the wash…

Mari's Rock and Richards men's or boy's visual kei J-rock clothing. Harajuku punk rock, Goth, emo and lolita stores. Bargain cheap alternative fashion and shopping in Tokyo, Japan.

Mari’s Rock and Richards specialize in rock T-shirts, studded leather accessories, and casual garments (especially for men).

Listen Flavor new rave electro streetwear clothing brand. Hoodie and plaid skirt. Harajuku punk rock, Goth, emo and lolita stores. Bargain cheap alternative fashion and shopping in Tokyo, Japan.

Listen Flavor (left) puts a neon electro spin on street/punk fashion. AC/DC (right) has a wide selection – and as you can see, price tags are generally under $30!

No picture sign, tie with crucifix, cat print t-shirts. Harajuku punk rock, Goth, emo and lolita stores. Bargain cheap alternative fashion and shopping in Tokyo, Japan.

Whenever you put up a Forbidden sign, you can pretty much bet that I’ll do it anyway. Inside, the “No Picture” signs also tell you to “F** Off”!

Takenoko campy costumes, gay and drag queen clothing. Harajuku punk rock, Goth, emo and lolita stores. Bargain cheap alternative fashion and shopping in Tokyo, Japan.

Don’t bypass Takenoko: it’s full of campy, feathered, PVC drag queen goodies! I felt like I’d entered the closet of the transgendered lovers from Wild Zero (the garage band Guitar Wolf’s horror zombie musical). On that note…

Song of the Day 8: Guitar Wolf – Sky Star Jet

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  1. chelsea
    Posted December 16, 2008 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    This looks similar to a lot of shops you can find in England (Camden or Birmingham/Manchesters alternative areas). Only here the shops will buy in a lot of the exact same cheap brands/stock so you don't get the fun of rummaging or finding anything really unique.
    I am slightly worried I am being drawn to the silver disc drag dress in your photos.

  2. megan
    Posted December 16, 2008 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    At those prices, who cares if it may fall apart! I can learn how to sew (better)! (^__^)

  3. lacarmina
    Posted December 16, 2008 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    Hahah I know, I'm automatically drawn to anything that resembles a disco ball…

  4. chelsea
    Posted December 17, 2008 at 2:53 am | Permalink

    This looks similar to a lot of shops you can find in England (Camden or Birmingham/Manchesters alternative areas). Only here the shops will buy in a lot of the exact same cheap brands/stock so you don’t get the fun of rummaging or finding anything really unique.
    I am slightly worried I am being drawn to the silver disc drag dress in your photos.

    • lacarmina
      Posted December 17, 2008 at 5:25 am | Permalink

      Hahah I know, I’m automatically drawn to anything that resembles a disco ball…

  5. Cat
    Posted December 16, 2008 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    I have so many clothes from ACDC! For being so cheap, the quality is pretty good~ I've had a few things for several years that still look brand new :)

  6. lacarmina
    Posted December 16, 2008 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    I bought a sheer strawberry-covered skirt from AC/DC and wore it to Decadance: http://www.carmenyuen.com/blog/post/index/337/T

    I also found a lot of great items in the store! My friend got a black mini backpack with bat wings – totemo kawaii!

  7. megan
    Posted December 17, 2008 at 5:08 am | Permalink

    At those prices, who cares if it may fall apart! I can learn how to sew (better)! (^__^)

  8. N
    Posted December 17, 2008 at 1:35 am | Permalink

    Sorry hun, but I think that “no picture” and “please don't take a photograph” means that you shouldn't take pictures… :<

  9. Cat
    Posted December 17, 2008 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    I have so many clothes from ACDC! For being so cheap, the quality is pretty good~ I’ve had a few things for several years that still look brand new :)

  10. Emma
    Posted December 17, 2008 at 2:38 am | Permalink

    I can't wait to go to Japan!!! Are all these shops easy to find?

  11. N
    Posted December 17, 2008 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    Sorry hun, but I think that “no picture” and “please don’t take a photograph” means that you shouldn’t take pictures… :<

  12. Emma
    Posted December 17, 2008 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    I can’t wait to go to Japan!!! Are all these shops easy to find?

    • lacarmina
      Posted December 17, 2008 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

      Easy as apple pie. As soon as you walk out Harajuku station, they’re everywhere in sight! Don’t forget to wander down the side roads of the main street (Takeshita Doori).

  13. lacarmina
    Posted December 17, 2008 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Oooh I will check them out and make them an upcoming Song of the Day!

  14. Trashtastika
    Posted December 17, 2008 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    I like Guitar Wolf too. And there's a punk band with a lolita in it that I've only just heard of – the Cabinets – they're awesome!! Check em out :)

  15. lacarmina
    Posted December 17, 2008 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Easy as apple pie. As soon as you walk out Harajuku station, they're everywhere in sight! Don't forget to wander down the side roads of the main street (Takeshita Doori).

  16. zoe
    Posted December 17, 2008 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    You're a terrible writer,
    it's a shame considering you try so very hard to be engaging and amusing,
    for instance “LOCK AND LOLLL!”
    that's just laughable.

    i might as well try and get a book published if people like you can c:

  17. Cossette
    Posted December 17, 2008 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    I have to agree with N. I know that photos can add colour and spice to a blog, but most stores in Japan do not want photos taken. Anyone who reads this blog can tell that you break rules, but if a sign said “Forbidden Entry-Quarantine” (for example) in a Biological Center or the like, would you open it?
    Most likely yes, if it would get more readers for this blog…
    Basically, it's not funny or “kawaii” behavior. It's just needy.

  18. Trashtastika
    Posted December 17, 2008 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    I like Guitar Wolf too. And there’s a punk band with a lolita in it that I’ve only just heard of – the Cabinets – they’re awesome!! Check em out :)

    • lacarmina
      Posted December 17, 2008 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

      Oooh I will check them out and make them an upcoming Song of the Day!

  19. lacarmina
    Posted December 17, 2008 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    It's a reference to Guitar Wolf's movie:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pI07fWVu8I

    Oh well, can't please everyone!

  20. chaoticLady
    Posted December 17, 2008 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    oh looks like heaven

    and hehe of course…if anywhere a shield what says no photos i try to take some pics^^

  21. zoe
    Posted December 17, 2008 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

    You’re a terrible writer,
    it’s a shame considering you try so very hard to be engaging and amusing,
    for instance “LOCK AND LOLLL!”
    that’s just laughable.

    i might as well try and get a book published if people like you can c:

  22. Cossette
    Posted December 17, 2008 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    I have to agree with N. I know that photos can add colour and spice to a blog, but most stores in Japan do not want photos taken. Anyone who reads this blog can tell that you break rules, but if a sign said “Forbidden Entry-Quarantine” (for example) in a Biological Center or the like, would you open it?
    Most likely yes, if it would get more readers for this blog…
    Basically, it’s not funny or “kawaii” behavior. It’s just needy.

  23. chaoticLady
    Posted December 18, 2008 at 12:00 am | Permalink

    oh looks like heaven

    and hehe of course…if anywhere a shield what says no photos i try to take some pics^^

  24. LiTtLe_MiSs_PsYcHo
    Posted December 17, 2008 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    AH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THAT PLACE LOOKS SO AUSOME!!!!!

  25. LiTtLe_MiSs_PsYcHo
    Posted December 18, 2008 at 5:45 am | Permalink

    AH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THAT PLACE LOOKS SO AUSOME!!!!!

  26. alternative_fashion_blogger
    Posted December 25, 2008 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    Harajuku! Wish we had a wild fashion district like this in Melbourne. Though Japan isn't that far away I guess.
    For Japanese Stores in Harajuku, they seem to have an awful lot of English signage! (includign the no picture signs)
    http://altfashion.blogspot.com/

  27. Anonymous
    Posted December 26, 2008 at 2:39 am | Permalink

    Harajuku! Wish we had a wild fashion district like this in Melbourne. Though Japan isn’t that far away I guess.
    For Japanese Stores in Harajuku, they seem to have an awful lot of English signage! (includign the no picture signs)
    http://altfashion.blogspot.com/

  28. Baby Bjorn Backpack
    Posted January 31, 2009 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Nice post. Have bookmarked your blog and will be sure to come back soon!