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Harajuku Fashion – Yukata

Posted in People, Places by tokyobling on September 6, 2012

Tokyo summers mean you get to see the most fabulous variety of yukata dresses you could ever imagine. I snapped some photos of the beauties around Harajuku and Omotesando last month. Flower patterns dominate but check out the dark blue fireworks patterned yukata in the second photo. Isn’t it gorgeous?

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  1. Timi said, on September 6, 2012 at 7:52 am

    All of them look lovely *-* And I noticed that sandals go pretty well with the yukatas! (of course if you choose the right one :D) Just like on the last picture!

  2. C said, on September 6, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Third pic, third person on right…I bought that print in Kyoto, how funny! Although the fireworks one is pretty cool, I wonder if this really is cooler to wear if it’s that hot out. Guess it beats the sweater (!) in #5?

    You’ve got street shooting down to an art. I would never have the nerve to shoot pics like this unless I have a paparazzi lens (aka 300mm)

    • tokyobling said, on September 10, 2012 at 3:11 am

      Wow… it’s a small world! Do you wear it? Actually, when it is this hot and humid outside it doesn’t really matter if you are nude or fully dressed, it is hot enough. Any dress that lets air circulate while covering the skin from sunlight works well I think! Thank you for the kind comment, I think I took these with a measly 135mm. My only trick is that I never hide, just stand out in the middle of the street and make sure it is plain I am taking pictures! (^-^)

      • C said, on September 10, 2012 at 6:01 am

        Hmm, I tried standing out in the middle of a cemetery/park in Copenhagen yesterday, and still barely had the nerve to get more than a few snaps of passerby on bikes, or with dogs, etc. And that was with a 50-150 that shoulda made me look semi-paparazzi…I guess I think of how uncomfortable I get when people take my pic without permission, and don’t want to do that to others. But then I miss the shots, eh?

        I gave the yukata as a gift in the end. I think it was a little shorter than these, but the print was definitely the same. In SF, it’s possible to see people wear anything, but I’d guess this would be more during Halloween or any other holiday that’s an excuse to dress different.

  3. tokyohamster said, on September 6, 2012 at 11:18 am

    I love looking at the different yukatas and kimonos on the streets! Some women wear them so elegantly. The fireworks one is a pattern I haven’t seen before! My favorite is the 5th one – I love the bold red accent. Great photos :)

    • tokyobling said, on September 10, 2012 at 3:29 am

      Yes, the 5th one is gorgeous! Thanks for the kind comment! (^-^)/

  4. Ulrik said, on September 6, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Cute :O I often hear that my country, Denmark, is very fashionable, but we aren’t even close to Japan if you ask me!

    • tokyobling said, on September 10, 2012 at 3:29 am

      Still, high up there on the list, and with very beautiful people too! (^-^)

      • Ulrik said, on September 11, 2012 at 10:31 pm

        Haha well thanks :) Still lacking those festivals and yukata dresses though :)

  5. dafarmer said, on September 6, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I wish to go back to Japan just to do that again!! So beautiful! I don’t know how people don’t catch you snapping away! Love the last photo! Her hair is awesome!

    • tokyobling said, on September 10, 2012 at 3:47 am

      They all catch me! But either they don’t mind or they don’t care… (^-^) The ones who look away or try to walk out or sight I of course don’t take photos of… (^-^;) I hope you get a chance to come back some day!

      • dafarmer said, on September 10, 2012 at 10:46 pm

        Me too. We have it on the top of our list at least to go to Okinawa. I’d be happy to go there. ;0

  6. 9thprophet said, on September 10, 2012 at 2:36 am

    This def wants me to go to Japan, but i’m always worried i would be lost or my Japanese would be terrible.

    • tokyobling said, on September 10, 2012 at 4:05 am

      Getting lost is the best thing about Japan! I always discover new things when I get lost…! And don’t worry about your Japanese, most people don’t expect foreigners to be able to say a single word so they are happy if you know more than 3! (^-^;)

      • 9thprophet said, on September 10, 2012 at 1:56 pm

        Thanks I feel real good about planning a trip there, but it’s good that some people in Japan are fond of foreigners. I intend of video recording this trip. For a more of a good visual

      • 9thprophet said, on September 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm

        Awesome I def gonna go with my group of friends. I hope they are fond of me. I’m also going to video record this adventure.

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