IKEBUKURO CLOSET CHILD: SECONDHAND, VINTAGE GOTHIC LOLITA CLOTHING IN TOKYO, JAPAN. WHERE TO BUY EGL USED CLOTHES.


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I love Tokyo party blogger Mai Sassy Girl! We met through work, and immediately hit it off. Mai photographs Japan’s electro/fashion nightlife, and her motto is: “Life is too short. Just have fun no matter where you are.” Now I can get behind that.

Makeup: I’m wearing the same dollar store fake eyelashes as in my CNN International/CNNGo TV shoot (close up photos here). The paw print stickers are from Daiso Harajuku, and the girly light pink lipstick is Kanebo, from a Japanese drug store.

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I took Mai to the Ikebukuro location of Closet Child, my favorite clothing store on Earth. There are several locations in Harajuku and Shinjuku (see my photos here). The Ikebukuro one 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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Except for the inexpensive jewelry, everything in Closet Child is secondhand. There’s a fantastic selection of Visual Kei and Jrock used CDs and memorabilia, such as fan zines, T-shirts and tour merchandise.

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It may be hard for you to fathom, but in Japan, Mana-sama is not popular any more. There are shelves of magazines and CDs for Plastic Tree, The Gazette and Arc-en-Ciel… but nothing for Mana’s bands. The Malice Mizer “Merveilles movie” was in the discount bin for 400 yen ($4). And look at the price of Gackt’s LP (1780 yen) compared to Malice Mizer’s (500 yen, which I bought). Tragic!

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I ran into two sweet girls from Australia who read my blog! If you ever see me in the streets, don’t hesitate to say hi — I love meeting you.

Vest: Gramm, from Closet Child Shinjuku
Royal cat t-shirt: Banana Fish, from Closet Child Shinjuku. RIP! This brand is no more!
Lavender skirt: Algonquins, from Closet Child Shinjuku
Black knee highs with white hearts: from a cheap Ikebukuro accessories store

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Ikebukuro’s Closet Child has a large selection of Gothic Lolita Punk brand clothing, and since everything’s used, the prices are 25-75% off. The styles may be from older collections, but the garments are in great condition. You can often find obscure/limited edition JSK prints and Lolita accessories.

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Don’t forget to look at the kawaii and rocking horse shoes, and stock up on candy jewelry… This is the only Closet Child in Tokyo that has a section for dolls such as Blythe and doll accessories.

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But sometimes you’ll find ridiculous items in the mix, such as this clothes hanger. Incredible. Who would pay 840 yen (about $8.50) for a normal wooden hanger that happens to have “Mary Magdalene” printed on it??

For more photos of Tokyo Gothic Lolita Punk stores, please take a glance at my shopping guide. More Tokyo and Osaka boutique photos to come.

Is it surprising to hear that Mana’s on the decline in Japan? Visual Kei is a relatively small scene over here…

Japanese Word of the Day: Oshiire = Japanese-style closet
Song of the Day: Madder Mortem – Where Dream & Day Collide (Gorgeous steampunky new video from the Goth/progressive metal band.)

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  • Anonymous

    Wow that is kind of weird… Mana-sama isn’t popular? Come to think of it, he hasn’t come out with anything recently. I think that’s just because he’s doing behind the scenes stuff, especially him producing Kanon Wakeshima. Visual kei may be small, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t lively. There just needs to be something to bring it to life again… but what, I wonder. *thinks of ideas* muahahaha >D
    I’ll definitely be one to say hi to you if I see you in the street~

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      I guess people outside Japan are discovering him for the first time, whereas in Japan, he’s been active since the late 80s…

  • Emma

    I think even Kanon Wakeshima is kind of small in Japan – none of the Japanese people I meet ever seem to know her, unless of course they’re into Gothic Lolita.

    It doesn’t really surprise me, since it is kind of a niche subculture in some ways. I mean, the western metal scene is huge, but non-metal entusiasts probably just know of Metallica, Nightwish and maybe Within Temptation.

    Maybe it’s just easy for the entusiasts abroad to think that Gothic Lolita and Visual Kei is huuuuuge in Japan, because that’s the part of Japan they’re mainly interested in?

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Hahah a lot of people in Japan don’t even know about Gothloli and Harajuku fashion tribes! I think the western media plays up the pop culture/subculture aspects of Japan, such as VK, and that gives it the perception that it’s bigger in Japan than it is…

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Hahah a lot of people in Japan don’t even know about Gothloli and Harajuku fashion tribes! I think the western media plays up the pop culture/subculture aspects of Japan, such as VK, and that gives it the perception that it’s bigger in Japan than it is…

  • stillprince

    Wow that is kind of weird… Mana-sama isn't popular? Come to think of it, he hasn't come out with anything recently. I think that's just because he's doing behind the scenes stuff, especially him producing Kanon Wakeshima. Visual kei may be small, but that doesn't mean it isn't lively. There just needs to be something to bring it to life again… but what, I wonder. *thinks of ideas* muahahaha >D
    I'll definitely be one to say hi to you if I see you in the street~

  • Emma

    I think even Kanon Wakeshima is kind of small in Japan – none of the Japanese people I meet ever seem to know her, unless of course they're into Gothic Lolita.

    It doesn't really surprise me, since it is kind of a niche subculture in some ways. I mean, the western metal scene is huge, but non-metal entusiasts probably just know of Metallica, Nightwish and maybe Within Temptation.

    Maybe it's just easy for the entusiasts abroad to think that Gothic Lolita and Visual Kei is huuuuuge in Japan, because that's the part of Japan they're mainly interested in?

  • Jo

    I wish I had a magical wardrobe that would transport me into Closet Child…..needs more affordable GL clothing desu!! ^-^

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Every time I’m in Closet Child, I wish that the store was my wardrobe! With a revolving door of new used clothes that come in!

  • Katie

    It was so great to meet you in person! <3 <3 <3 I went to the Nekobukuro by the way, thanks for telling me about it, it was fun

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      So great meeting you too!

  • Mai

    awww i miss you girl!! good times!!!!!!!! i wish you were coming back for yukiro’s debut!!!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Ahhhh I know …. will you be there?

  • MoonMaiden90

    Awesome store! I wish the second hand stores around here had even half as much o this stuff!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      I kind of don’t…. I’d be broke all the time!

  • Jo

    I wish I had a magical wardrobe that would transport me into Closet Child…..needs more affordable GL clothing desu!! ^-^

  • Katie

    It was so great to meet you in person! <3 <3 <3 I went to the Nekobukuro by the way, thanks for telling me about it, it was fun

  • Mai

    awww i miss you girl!! good times!!!!!!!! i wish you were coming back for yukiro's debut!!!

  • MoonMaiden90

    Awesome store! I wish the second hand stores around here had even half as much o this stuff!

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    I kind of don't…. I'd be broke all the time!

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    I guess people outside Japan are discovering him for the first time, whereas in Japan, he's been active since the late 80s…

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Hahah a lot of people in Japan don't even know about Gothloli and Harajuku fashion tribes! I think the western media plays up the pop culture/subculture aspects of Japan, such as VK, and that gives it the perception that it's bigger in Japan than it is…

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Hahah a lot of people in Japan don't even know about Gothloli and Harajuku fashion tribes! I think the western media plays up the pop culture/subculture aspects of Japan, such as VK, and that gives it the perception that it's bigger in Japan than it is…

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Every time I'm in Closet Child, I wish that the store was my wardrobe! With a revolving door of new used clothes that come in!

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    So great meeting you too!

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Ahhhh I know …. will you be there?

  • RoseSaga

    Ah, I have to visit Closet Child in Ikebukuro, too! At the moment, their Harajuku store is my favorite but the CD section at Ikebukuro really got me :D Thanks for the heads-up again!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      There’s a Closer Child Music store in Harajuku too! It’s all VK/Jrock used cds and merchandise inside. Hmm it’s hard for me to pick a favorite.. each store has its strengths XD

  • Elyse

    Is it that visual kei isn’t big in Japan anymore, or is it just the reality that Mana is an aging rock star who reached his peak in popularity more than a decade ago?

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Blasphemy! haha. I think it’s for certain that Mana is not as popular as he used to be, and Gackt is way more popular/famous than he is in Japan now. As for VK, it still has a passionate audience — what I meant is that overall, VK is not as big/popular in Japan as some might think…

      • Elyse

        Just saying that a band that met their peak in popularity in 1998 and broke up 3 years later might not be the best judge to gauge the medium as a whole.

        • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

          Moi dix Mois plays at medium sized venues in Tokyo and doesn’t sell out, while Gackt sells out stadiums O__O

          • Elyse

            Not arguing that Gackt isn’t popular, just that it’s no big surprise that a band that hasn’t even existed for almost a decade wouldn’t be doing so hot. I don’t think Moi dix Mois was ever comparable to Gackt as far as far as sales are concerned

  • http://www.nvr-ndr.com [tlr]

    Seems like a lot of Japan/US crossover is 10 years in translation.

    [tlr]

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      LA is especially booming… ahh in my dreams, a Closet Child would open up there!

  • RoseSaga

    Ah, I have to visit Closet Child in Ikebukuro, too! At the moment, their Harajuku store is my favorite but the CD section at Ikebukuro really got me :D Thanks for the heads-up again!

  • Elyse

    Is it that visual kei isn't big in Japan anymore, or is it just the reality that Mana is an aging rock star who reached his peak in popularity more than a decade ago?

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Blasphemy! haha. I think it's for certain that Mana is not as popular as he used to be, and Gackt is way more popular/famous than he is in Japan now. As for VK, it still has a passionate audience — what I meant is that overall, VK is not as big/popular in Japan as some might think…

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    There's a Closer Child Music store in Harajuku too! It's all VK/Jrock used cds and merchandise inside. Hmm it's hard for me to pick a favorite.. each store has its strengths XD

  • Elyse

    Just saying that a band that met their peak in popularity in 1998 and broke up 3 years later might not be the best judge to gauge the medium as a whole.

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Moi dix Mois plays at medium sized venues in Tokyo and doesn't sell out, while Gackt sells out stadiums O__O

  • Elyse

    Not arguing that Gackt isn't popular, just that it's no big surprise that a band that hasn't even existed for almost a decade wouldn't be doing so hot. I don't think Moi dix Mois was ever comparable to Gackt as far as far as sales are concerned

  • http://www.nvr-ndr.com [tlr]

    Seems like a lot of Japan/US crossover is 10 years in translation.

    [tlr]

  • EleganBlack

    If you ever happen to come to Greece, I’ll definitely say hi. And there’s also an amazing gothic store downtown (basically, all amazing gothic stores are there) but its only problem is… PRICES ! Dum dum dummm…

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      I went to Greece in 2006 – Santorini, gorgeous Mykonos and others… I loved it!

  • EleganBlack

    If you ever happen to come to Greece, I'll definitely say hi. And there's also an amazing gothic store downtown (basically, all amazing gothic stores are there) but its only problem is… PRICES ! Dum dum dummm…

  • Sunao

    that is awesome i like it look domo yea ^^

  • Thompson

    I dont believe Mana sama is in decline he is an equisite taste like fine wine! Nobody does it better!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Well said.

  • Alessandro

    I love shoes…

  • Sunao

    that is awesome i like it look domo yea ^^

  • Thompson

    I dont believe Mana sama is in decline he is an equisite taste like fine wine! Nobody does it better!

  • Alessandro

    I love shoes…

  • Anonymous

    Yep, Mana-sama’s not at the top any more….
    (I guess I better go over there and take those unwanted Malice Mizer goods off of their hands..)

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      hehe I did that already ;)

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    LA is especially booming… ahh in my dreams, a Closet Child would open up there!

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    I went to Greece in 2006 – Santorini, gorgeous Mykonos and others… I loved it!

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Well said.

  • alicebello

    Yep, Mana-sama's not at the top any more….
    (I guess I better go over there and take those unwanted Malice Mizer goods off of their hands..)

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    hehe I did that already ;)

  • http://thefashionatetraveller.blogspot.com/ trashtastika

    I definitely agree about the Ikebukuro Closet Child – less trafficked as less well known – at least by westerners, who mainly go to Harajuku. I have a few pieces I bought last year there that I wear all the time! I love the adjoining mall with the floor of all restaurants too…I had to walk around for aages deciding where to eat.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Have you been to Ice Cream Land? O__O In Sunshine City. We went there and shot a ridiculous video!
      We also found some cheap Chinese food near C Child — not sure if we went to the adjoining mall with the restaurants. Next time!

  • http://thefashionatetraveller.blogspot.com/ trashtastika

    I definitely agree about the Ikebukuro Closet Child – less trafficked as less well known – at least by westerners, who mainly go to Harajuku. I have a few pieces I bought last year there that I wear all the time! I love the adjoining mall with the floor of all restaurants too…I had to walk around for aages deciding where to eat.

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Have you been to Ice Cream Land? O__O In Sunshine City. We went there and shot a ridiculous video!
    We also found some cheap Chinese food near C Child — not sure if we went to the adjoining mall with the restaurants. Next time!

  • Sandyphan07

    Hi,

    I have a new site up selling personally collected items as well as some consignment. Just spreading the word to other enthusiasts.

    http://twiceasnice.bigcartel.com

    xo
    Sandy

  • http://www.facebook.com/heather.lanigan Heather Lanigan

    I found a second hand lolita store called Glass Forest on MBok auctions a few months that appeared to have a physical location somewhere in Tokyo. Any idea where it might be?

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      Haven’t heard of it, sadly..