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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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  • 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.

  • megan

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • Cat

    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 :)

  • 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!

  • megan

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

  • N

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

  • Cat

    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 :)

  • Emma

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

  • N

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

  • Emma

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

    • 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).

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

  • Trashtastika

    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 :)

  • 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).

  • zoe

    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:

  • Cossette

    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.

  • Trashtastika

    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 :)

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

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

    Oh well, can't please everyone!

  • chaoticLady

    oh looks like heaven

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

  • zoe

    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:

  • Cossette

    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.

  • chaoticLady

    oh looks like heaven

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

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

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

  • alternative_fashion_blogger

    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/

  • Anonymous

    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/

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