TOKYO GOTHIC LOLITA SHOPPING GUIDE: SWEET AND GOTH HARAJUKU STORES, WHERE TO BUY CLOTHES IN JAPAN.


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Welcome to La Carmina’s Tokyo, Japan shopping guide! Looking for the best Gothic Lolita Punk / Visual Kei / Alternative clothing shops in Harajuku, Shinjuku and Ikebukuro? Here are maps, photos, videos… everything you could possibly need.

This Japanese fashion guide is constantly updated, so please visit my blog for the latest posts. (My OSAKA store maps and photos are here. For Goth Industrial EBM Fetish nightclubs in Tokyo, visit my comprehensive Nightlife Guide. )

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† WHO IS LA CARMINA? † I am a professional Goth/subcultures blogger, travel TV host and arranger, author of 3 books (Penguin USA and Random House), and journalist for CNN and Huffington Post. My popular blog on Japan Gothic Lolita fashion / Visual Kei – www.lacarmina.com/blog – has been featured in major publications (The New Yorker, Washington Post, WWD, Cosmopolitan, LA Times). I’m the author of 3 books — including Cute Yummy Time (Penguin) and Crazy, Wacky Theme Restaurants: Tokyo (Random House) — and a graduate of Columbia University and Yale Law School.

I’ve appeared on The Today Show and co-hosted an episode of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern for Travel Channel, which airs in 75 countries. NHK Japan filmed two programs about my work; recent TV hosting and arranging credits include Discovery, Fuel, National Geographic, NRK Norway, Pro Sieben Germany, Sony Australia, Canal Plus France, Norway TV, and CNN International in Tokyo. I will be the Asia host for educational travel TV series, Project Explorer.
View my TV reels and full biography.

I run a coolhunting / trend consulting / TV hosting and arranging company: La Carmina & The Pirates.
- We specialize in Japan, Goth, alternative, cosplay, burlesque, theme restaurants, Harajuku fashion, pop culture.
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Here are links to major Japanese alternative clothing brand websites. The groupings are general, as many of these designs span various style tribes.

♥ Department Stores: Laforet Harajuku, Marui One Shinjuku, Shibuya 109, Kera Shop Arena & Angel
♥ Sweet Lolita: Angelic Pretty, Baby the Stars Shine Bright, Emily Temple Cute, Innocent World, Justine et Juliette, Metamorphose temps de fille, Milky Ange, Mille Fleurs
♥ Classical Lolita: Atelier Pierrot, Chantilly, Jane Marple, Victorian Maiden, Mary Magdalene, Heart E, Antique Beast
♥ Gothic Lolita: Alice and the Pirates, Elements, Excentrique, h.NAOTO, Maxicimam MA/MAM, Moi-meme-moitie, Visible, Miho Matsuda
♥ Punk Rock Lolita: ScoLar, Listen Flavor, Super Lovers, Deorart, HellCatPunks, Sex Pot Revenge, Toxic Star, Dangerous Nude, Ghost of Harlem, Putumayo, Algonquins, Nile Perch
♥ Elegant Goth Aristocrat & Kodona: Atelier Boz, Black Peace Now
♥ Goth Fetish: Rituals by Kenzo-A, Alice Auaa, Suppurate System
♥ Cyber & Wa: Takuya Angel, Qutie Frash, Lacrima, Ozz On & Ozz Croce

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† † † HARAJUKU † † †

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Harajuku is ground zero for alternative, experimental youth fashion and the famous “cosplayer” bridge. This is the best place in Tokyo to buy Gothic Lolita Punk clothing, as most of the brands are found here.

How to shop in Harajuku:
1) Take the JR (green) subway line to Harajuku Station, and go out the Takeshita Doori exit.
2) If this is your first visit, I strongly recommend that you DON’T stress about finding the individual stores! Simply walk down Takeshita Doori, the main street that begins with a colorful gate, and meander into the side-streets. You’ll run into incredible Sweet Lolita shops, Fairy Kei accessories and more, I promise. (Photos and more below).
3) When you reach Meiji Doori (the main street that cuts Takeshita Doori), turn right. Walk 1-2 minutes and you will see Laforet Department Store on the right (green/white building). There are many Classical / Goth / Lolita / Punk brands in the basements. (Photos and more below).
4) Or keep walking straight after Takeshita Doori, into the small streets lined with stores. Wander around here and you’ll find Putumayo, h.NAOTO… (Photos and more below).
5) Finally, you might want to turn left past Laforet and wander into Omotesando. The boutiques tend to be expensive, Western brands, but Kiddyland (the giant toy store) is a must-visit. (Photos of Kiddyland here and here.)

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The above map is modified from the one found in Kera Maniax, Vol 7. You can see where the main Harajuku stores are located. Again, don’t stress — you will find them if you walk around.

For an OSAKA Gothic Lolita shopping map, click here. (Comprehensive Osaka shopping and nightlife guide to come.)

Below are photos / articles about all the main stores in Harajuku. Closet Child and Kinji are secondhand/thrift stores. I highly recommend Closet Child; you will find used brand Goth, Lolita, Jrock fashion for low prices. Closet Child has locations in Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Yokohama and Sagami-ono too.

HARAJUKU SWEET LOLITA KAWAII shops
Introduction to Harajuku
Bodyline
Innocent World
NEW Closet Child Harajuku (secondhand)
OLD Closet Child Harajuku (secondhand), 3rd and 4th floors, Sweet Lolita
OLD Closet Child Harajuku (secondhand), 2nd floor, Goth Punk Lolita
Harajuku Shoes
Milk
Kikirara Shoten, Dangerous Nude
Angelic Pretty
Mania Q fairy kei boutique

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HARAJUKU CYBER PUNK ROCK shops
Kinji is a secondhand store that has all types of fashion. This post also features AC/DC, and drag queen glam store Takenoko.
Takuya Angel’s new store (Same location, but in the back)
Takuya Angel (old store – Cyber / Wa / Rave)
Takuya Angel (2008)
Mari’s Rock, Richard’s, Listen Flavor (Rock, Punk, Gothic)
Sex Pot Revenge (Punk Goth)
Sex Pot Revenge F***
Vivienne Westwood, Sexy Dynamite London (SDL is now closed)
Sexy Dynamite London Queen and Vivienne Westwood Museum (SDL is now closed)

HARAJUKU GOTHIC & CLASSICAL LOLITA (also see Closet Child in the Sweet Lolita category above)
Baby Doll: indie store with corsets, PVC, fetish, Goth burlesque clothes and accessories
MA/MAM Maxicimam (Gothic Lolita)
Putumayo
h.NAOTO hEAVEN
h.NAOTO Frill, hANARCHY, hJELLY, BLOOD, NOIS
h.NAOTO 8 CLub
Yellow House, Jim Sinn, Takenoko
Putumayo, Kiddyland, Visual Kei music store Edison

VISUAL KEI
Visual Kei and J-rock/Jpop memorabilia stores
Visual Kei and J-rock memorabilia store photos here and here.
** For Visual Kei and Jrock bars, view my Tokyo club and bar guide.

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LAFORET HARAJUKU
Address: Jingumae 1-11-6, Shibuya-ku. +81 3 3475 0411
URL: http://www.laforet.ne.jp/harajuku/home/

Harajuku’s major department store. Walk down Takeshita Doori, turn right onto Meiji Doori, and walk until you reach Laforet on the right side.
Most of the Gothic Lolita Punk designers are on the basement levels of Laforet. Photos in reverse chronological order:

2012: Goth, Jrock, Visual Kei and Lolita brands at Laforet. h.NAOTO, Malko Malka, Plastic Tree.
2012: Kawaii girls accessories, decora, and cute fashion at Laforet
2011: Fairy kei and cute Japanese girls accessories
2011: Gothic, Sweet and Classical Lolita boutiques
2011: Japanese male punk and cute Goth clothes

2010: Laforet Sweet Classical Lolita and Fairy Kei: Angelic Pretty, Putumayo, Atelier Pierrot, Nile Perch
2010: Laforet Goth Punk: Sexy Dynamite London, Hellcatpunks, h.NAOTO Sixh, Black Peace Now
2010: Laforet cute clothes & accessories: Monomania, Kyoga Teddy Monster, World Wide Love
2010: Gothic and Sweet Lolita teens lining up for a Laforet event

2009: Nile Perch fairy kei
2009: Nile Perch, h.NAOTO, Sexy Dynamite London (Oct 2009)
2009: Swimmer kawaii kitsch accessories

2008: Laforet: Emily Temple Cute, Jane Marple and upper floors
2008: Laforet: Gothic Lolita Punk basement floors
2008: Video tour of Laforet basement levels
2008: Emily Temple Cute
2007: Introduction to Laforet Harajuku

JINGU BRIDGE
If you turn right and walk 1-2 minutes, you’ll arrive at Jingubashi (the famous bridge where the cosplayers used to gather). Sadly, you don’t see much crazy fashion on the bridge any more, but it’s worth checking out.

La Carmina on Jingu Bridge (2010)
Japanese teen cosplayers on Jingubashi (2008)
Cute Japanese kids on the Harajuku bridge

† † † SHINJUKU † † †

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Kabuki-cho (East Shinjuku) is known as the red-light district and playground for host clubs. Tokyo’s Goth / Industrial / Alternative nightlife is concentrated in Shinjuku. There are also theme restaurants, a Closet Child (secondhand Gothic Lolita Punk Rock clothes), and 0101 Marui One department store. (Photos and info to all are below.)

Color key to the map above
PURPLE: Goth / Industrial / Alternative / Cyber / EBM / Fetish clubs, parties, bars. View my Nightlife Guide for detailed directions and reports.
BLUE: Theme restaurants, cheap sushi, and other favorite places to eat. (And convenience stores are great for cheap alcohol and snacks.)
GREEN: Gothic Lolita Punk Rock clothing stores, dollar stores and other places to buy goodies.

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THEME RESTAURANTS
Several are located on Yasakuni-doori. They include the Alice in Wonderland cafe, Lock-Up (jail-themed restaurant), Arabian Rock (Aladdin theme), and Calico Cat Cafe.

- For articles and photos on theme restaurants in Japan, visit this section of my blog.
- For addresses, photos and info on ALL the major theme restaurants in Tokyo, please check out my book, Crazy Wacky Theme Restaurants: Tokyo.

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CLOSET CHILD SHINJUKU
I literally buy 60-70% of my wardrobe here. Closet Child Shinjuku consists of two floors of secondhand Gothic Lolita Punk clothes. Take the West exit of Shinjuku station, walk straight and go past the building with the clock. Look for the big sign above; the entrance is hard to find (it’s a small nook that leads to an elevator). The 4th floor is Vivienne Westwood, 5th floor is Sweet Lolita Kawaii, 6th floor is Rock Goth Punk. Click for photos. Also see the Closet Child locations in Harajuku, Ikebukuro etc.

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MARUI ONE SHINJUKU
Address: 3-1-20 Shinjuku, 160-0022
UR: http://maruione.jp/

Marui One, the department store mecca, is almost entirely dedicated to Sweet, Kawaii, Lolita, Goth, Punk and Rock fashion. It’s a short walk from Shinjuku station; go out the East Exit, keep to the right, go down the main street and look out for the red 0101 sign!

Photos of the new Marui One:
Eighth floor: Kera Shop Arena, Goth punk Visual Kei
Seventh floor: Kera Shop Angel, Moi-meme-moitie
Seventh floor: Sweet Lolita, Metamorphose temps de fille
Seventh floor: Angelic Pretty, kawaii toys
Sixth floor: Hangry and Angry by h.NAOTO
Sixth floor: Gramm by S-inc
Sixth floor: Sexy Dynamite London, h.NAOTO FRILL
Sixth floor: Black Peace Now and Peace Now
Fifth floor: Alice Auaa
Fifth floor: Gothic and Sweet Lolita shoes and boots, Artherapie
Fourth floor: Jesus Diamante princess kei, Blythe doll shop
Third floor: Emily Temple Cute, kawaii accessories
First and second floors: Fruits Mix, Quolomo Hello Kitty, h.NAOTO accessories, Spank
Floor displays, entrance and first floor: Galaxxxy Returns, Funky Street
Blablahospital and ZoeStyles event at Kera Arena (April 2009)
Marui summer sale, Hello Kitty x Quolomo (July 2009)
Hide X-Japan memorabilia and Lemoned store (2010)

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Below is a guide to the old Marui One store; the new shop list can be found here.

Video tours of Marui One’s Goth Lolita Punk floors
Overview of Marui’s designers and brands
October 2008: Pullip doll display at Marui Department Store
Fifth floor of Marui One: h.NAOTO, Alice Auaa, Goth punk clothing
Sixth floor of Marui One: Kera Shop Arena, Super Lovers, Sexy Dynamite London, Hellcatpunks
Seventh floor of Marui One: Antenna by Kreuz, Leche by Yosuke, Lolita rocking horse shoes and boots
Eighth floor of Marui One: Sweet Lolita dresses and accesories. Baby the Stars Shine Bright, Angelic Pretty.

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OTHER SHINJUKU STORES
- Studio Alta is gyaru and fake eyelashes heaven. Liz Lisa, Fernopaa and more. Department store located right across from Shinjuku Station East Exit.
- Inside Alta, Swimmer and Outlet are must-visit kawaii accessories and home-goods / souvenir stores.
- Studio Alta had a Hangry and Angry (h.NAOTO) pop up store.
- Abilletage is a Gothic Lolita tea-room and treasure trove of corsets, antiques and accessories. I brought NHK Kawaii to this indie boutique.
- Okadaya – fabric, trimmings, eyelashes, feathers, drag queen heaven
- Another big photo post of Okadaya
- Mitsuyoshi: theatrical makeup, feathered eyelashes and cosmetics
- Don Quijote is a big discount store that sells crazy costumes, nail polish, circle contact lenses, clothes and beauty products. There are wild Halloween costumes here.

† † † IKEBUKURO † † †

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Ikebukuro has some great cheap izakayas and is home to Black Hole, the concert venue where Visual Kei artists like Kaya often perform. This is a great district to visit for cute shops and cheap accessories. There’s also a Butler Cafe and several cat cafes! (Below are links to photos and articles.)

From Ikebukuro Station, go out the Sunshine City exit (34 or 35) and walk straight. Take a slight left to Sunshine 60 Doori; you’ll see a giant Hello Kitty store on the right. Keep walking and you’ll reach Tokyu Hands and then Sunshine City, the big shopping center on the right.

Sunshine City is a huge shopping complex filled with cute stores (some of which are inexpensive). Studio Alta is a great place to find funky costume jewelry and socks.

Cute / kawaii character goods stores
Sanrio Hello Kitty cute accessories
Egg Magazine store – Gyaru, gal
Ice Cream Land and Namja Namco Town (a creepy cat amusement park)

Closet Child Ikebukuro
The secondhand Gothic Lolita Punk fashion store was recently enlarged and is not as heavily-trafficked, so I highly recommend that you make the trip. To get here, ride the subway to Ikebukuro and follow the signs towards Sunshine City. Follow the arrows to Sunshine 60 Doori (street); you’ll see the giant shopping/entertainment complex, Sunshine City, ahead. A block before you reach the entrance, turn left and look for the Starbucks. Closet Child is on the third level.

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† La Carmina Wiki Biography † I am a professional Goth/fashion/youth cultures blogger, travel TV host and fixer, author of 3 books (Penguin USA and Random House), and CNN / Huffington Post Travel and Style writer. My popular blog on Japan Gothic Lolita fashion / Visual Kei – www.lacarmina.com/blog – has been featured in major publications (The New Yorker, Washington Post, WWD, Village Voice, Fox News, LA Times). I’m the author of 3 books — including Cute Yummy Time (Penguin) and Crazy, Wacky Theme Restaurants: Tokyo (Random House) — and a graduate of Columbia University and Yale Law School.

I’ve appeared on The Today Show and co-hosted an episode of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern for Travel Channel, which airs in 75 countries. NHK Japan filmed a documentary about my work; recent TV hosting and arranging credits include Fuel/Discovery, National Geographic, Norway TV, and CNN International in Tokyo. View my TV reels and full biography.

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  • XNXFX

    Ah! How I wish I could go to Japan and see the pretty clothes~ Thank you for the links and such!

  • XNXFX

    Ah! How I wish I could go to Japan and see the pretty clothes~ Thank you for the links and such!

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  • http://lolitacandyland.aceboard.com/i-322161.htm R.Siu Fung

    Amazing.. thanks a lot! Like to have some of those stores in Latin America…o.o!! or better travel to Japan n.n!!!!

    saludos!! LIC

  • http://lolitacandyland.aceboard.com/i-322161.htm R.Siu Fung

    Amazing.. thanks a lot! Like to have some of those stores in Latin America…o.o!! or better travel to Japan n.n!!!!

    saludos!! LIC

  • Tinuz

    I think you foregot something on the first overview of Harajuku Stores. Because there
    are 2 Putumayo Shops there. The other is just a few meters in direction of Omote-sando.

    Tinuz

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    You're right – I forgot to put up the link to the other Putumayo shop. I'll fix it!

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    You're right – I forgot to put up the link to the other Putumayo shop. I'll fix it!

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Oh wait – both of the Putumayo shops are in the link above! ^__^

  • Tinuz

    I think you foregot something on the first overview of Harajuku Stores. Because there
    are 2 Putumayo Shops there. The other is just a few meters in direction of Omote-sando.

    Tinuz

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      You’re right – I forgot to put up the link to the other Putumayo shop. I’ll fix it!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Oh wait – both of the Putumayo shops are in the link above! ^__^

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Oh wait – both of the Putumayo shops are in the link above! ^__^

      • Tinuz

        Sorry to bother you^^”
        I love those 2nd Hand Shops^___^
        There is a big one for normal Clothes in Machida.
        And a very little but nice Closet Child for Clothes in Shinjuku.
        Did you already visited it? *_*
        I’d love to buy an Innocent World dress, but they are sooo expensive.

        • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

          Closet Child rocks – I took photos of the Shinjuku location on this trip.

          Innocent World is also on my wishlist…

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      Good luck!! Keep checking this blog for more inspiring fashion photos!

  • Tinuz

    Sorry to bother you^^”
    I love those 2nd Hand Shops^___^
    There is a big one for normal Clothes in Machida.
    And a very little but nice Closet Child for Clothes in Shinjuku.
    Did you already visited it? *_*
    I'd love to buy an Innocent World dress, but they are sooo expensive.

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Closet Child rocks – I took photos of the Shinjuku location on this trip.

    Innocent World is also on my wishlist…

  • http://generoushypocrisy.blogspot.com Laura

    Yay, thanks for the post! :'D
    I might be going to Japan at the end of the year so… YAAAAAY!
    Very keen for the punk shops.. and a Putomayo sweater ^^

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Lots of no-name punk stores around Harajuku too! :)

  • http://generoushypocrisy.blogspot.com Laura

    Yay, thanks for the post! :’D
    I might be going to Japan at the end of the year so… YAAAAAY!
    Very keen for the punk shops.. and a Putomayo sweater ^^

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Lots of no-name punk stores around Harajuku too! :)

      • eri

        hello… just wonderin if u could help find a “HARAJUKU-LOVERS” brand outlet here in tokyo? i wanna buy some tees designed by gwen… it’ll be great if you could tell me where?

        eri.komori@yahoo.com

        please, anyone…il wait for your e-mail… thank u! thank u!

        • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

          Hi,
          I don’t believe there is an outlet in Tokyo for Harajuku Lovers… in the USA, probably. I haven’t even seen a HL Store in Tokyo…. hope that helps a little!

  • Carol

    http://www.milanoo.com is my favorite website of buying dresses!

  • Carol

    http://www.milanoo.com is my favorite website of buying dresses!

  • eri

    hello… just wonderin if u could help find a “HARAJUKU-LOVERS” brand outlet here in tokyo? i wanna buy some tees designed by gwen… it'll be great if you could tell me where?

    eri.komori@yahoo.com

    please, anyone…il wait for your e-mail… thank u! thank u!

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Hi,
    I don't believe there is an outlet in Tokyo for Harajuku Lovers… in the USA, probably. I haven't even seen a HL Store in Tokyo…. hope that helps a little!

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    I’m not really commenting on this specifically but i loove your website and you :D
    you’re so cuteness! I love your personality and fashion..
    & i love your cookbook.. i might just have to buy it soon.. art and food is definitely my style..

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Thank you so much for your comment! I was having a dreary day and this lifted me up. :)

      I hope you like the cute cookbook… there are preview photos, excerpts and more here: http://www.lacarmina.com/blog/category/cooking-cute/

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  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Thank you so much for your comment! I was having a dreary day and this lifted me up. :)

    I hope you like the cute cookbook… there are preview photos, excerpts and more here: http://www.lacarmina.com/blog/category/cooking-

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  • Elzee

    Thank you so much! This guide is extremely helpful. Me and my friend are going to Tokyo in 2 months’ time, and our Japanese is so bad we’ll probably end up playing charade with the locals instead. So thank you so much for the guide. Its a life saver. Great job done on a user-friendly guide with lovely photos.

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    Look around online and you can find people who do sew their own Loli dresses, mostly because brand name is soo expensive. I'm also in America and have dressed in the Loli style always. Loli is already in America, just very small, and mostly big cities. Here are some other good links: http://www.fanplusfriend.com/servlet/the-New-Ar
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    the Wikipedia for Lolita Fashion is a great place to start, too.

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    People today buy online. The online market has developed a lot recently and more and more people are shopping online as people would have explored the shops in the old times. I don't know if this is good or bad, but it surely makes me happy: no more standing in lines…

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  • Riri12367

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  • Eugene

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    She’s very much into lolita fashion.

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