CASTING FOR FOOD NETWORK TV SHOW! SECONDHAND VINTAGE CLOTHING SHOPS IN TOKYO JAPAN, KINJI HARAJUKU SHOPPING.
Casting call! I’m looking for extras in Tokyo, Japan — come join me on my Food Network TV shoots!
If you’re in Tokyo between now and Sept 26, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your full availability and contact info (including phone). We need English-speakers of all types (not just Goths/alternative kids). You’ll likely be interviewed on-camera as a theme restaurant customer.
It’d be great if you could help by telling your Tokyo friends. They’ll get to hang out with me and spooky pals, be part of a fun TV shoot and experience the world of theme restaurants. More info about the Food Network show in this post.
When I’m not working on-set, you’ll typically find me shopping with friends in Harajuku. Here are eight tips to help you have the perfect excursion.
1. Wear shoes made for walking. There’s a lot of side-streets to wander and staircases to climb, and you don’t want to cut your Harajuku trip short because of tired toes.
I’m wearing various lace layers and an h.NAOTO purse from Closet Child (a must-visit store).
2. Be weather-wary. Tokyo can be temperamental – sudden downpours, stupefying humidity, blizzard cold. Yukiro wisely brought along a fashionable fan on a hot summer day.
2. Bring a camera; Harajuku is overflowing with poppy fashion and inspiration. And be ready to be snapped. Kera Magazine and street snap blogs often roam theses streets.
3. Short on money? Visit Kinji, the gargantuan secondhand clothing store. From Harajuku station, go down Takeshita Doori and turn right on Meiji Doori. Look for the orange Kinji sign on the right side, and walk down the stairs.
4. If David Bowie would wear it… you should too. The store’s full of alternative, Gothic and club clothing. Sparkle purple pants and cheetah prints abound.
I got this panda bear skirt for a few hundred yen. Seba wanted this fighting doll.
A Batman mask and a neon relic from the 1980s.
5. When shopping in a group, take turns choosing shops. Yukiro ran into Takenoko, the drag queen store. Cotton Bale stayed outside, with thumbs down.
Feather boas and sequins cover every inch.
Hats off to anyone who can pull off this look.
6. Don’t snub off-brand Gothic Lolita Punk clothes. Even if the quality is not the best, AC/DC has fun designs.
1000 yen items = a great deal.
7. Pick up omiyages (souvenirs) for friends. Fun socks and toys cost only a few hundred yen.
I hope you enjoyed my shopping suggestions. I leave you with this dramatic sign inside Harajuku Station.
Do you prefer to shop alone, or friends? What are your tips for perfect shopping day?
There’s more Gothic Lolita Alternative fashion and store photos in my big Tokyo shopping guide.
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