Harajuku, crape is a MUST!

Hi there. Today I want to write about Harajyuku, Takeshita Street in Tokyo. Harajuku, Takeshita Street is one of the base stations of Japanese pop culture. Younger generation, especially from elementary school students to college students love this place and they are fond of flocking here. This place is very pop and filled with so much youthful energy. I just remembered that when I was 18, freshman of an university, I cut a class and dated with a guy who was from the same hometown as me.


When you come to Takeshita Street, it’s absolutely a must to eat a crape. There are various kinds of crapes in a crape shop in Harajuku, and it is such a lovely moment to wonder what to order in front of  the shop.


Don’t get surprised. These are food samples displayed in front of a crape shop. They are all inedible but it looks so real. Food sample was invented in Japan about 100 years ago, it is made of plastics and never get bad. Japanese came up with an idea to make these samplings and showcase them at a restaurant and the technics of making them developed remarkably in the last 100 years. They are all hand-made, I must mention. If you actually see these samples, you can easily imagine what they are and it stimulates your appetite and makes you eager to purchase. This food sample culture is one of our Cool Japan icons for sure.


I got my crape! Looks yummy, doesn’t it? If you eat a crape for your lunch, it’s a good idea to order one that has canned tuna and salad and cheese in it. And if you feel like eating something sweet, you can have one with ice-cream, or cheese cake, or chocolate cake, or strawberries, or banana, or fruit sauce with whipped cream. There are 30-60 different kinds of crapes at each shop.


In German, “Kitsch” means “fake”. I think the charm of Harajyuku, Takeshita Street is something “Kitsch=fake”. Containing much artificial sweetener and artificial coloring, they make things colorful as well as adorable. Teenagers might be attracted to those charms inevitably. And I came across the very image of “Kitsch=fake”-ness on the street.


I remembered my childhood and early teenage days that I loved these color-tones and atmosphere more than anything. It evokes my nostalgia. Clothing and accessories that are sold at boutiques of Harajyuku are hip, edgy or excessively cute. To put them on is a privilege of your youth. Many people would feel exactly the same as me that you come across yourself in your youth who was full of energy and so bouncy. And if you are not young any more, I do recommend to visit here to encounter yourself of decades ago.


That’s all for today. Blessings to each one of you. Cheers to your young days!


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