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Harajuku Showroom Looks Ahead to Tokyo 2020 with Official Olympic and Paralympic Goods (Japan in Photos)

A showroom selling official Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic goods opened in Harajuku, Tokyo, on September 14, 2017. It will sell T-shirts, badges, and many other goods featuring the logos of the games until late November. It is open every day, apart from Wednesday, from 11 in the morning until 7 in the evening. Photograph shows the press opening on September 13, 2017. (© Jiji)
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Three New Pop Culture Tourist Spots in Tokyo (360˚ Panorama)Somese Naoto (Photographer)

Tourists from around the world are flocking to Tokyo. Along with the city’s established tourist sites are many pop culture destinations. Here we take a 360° panoramic look at three spots that have captivated many foreign visitors.
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Harajuku

Known as Japan’s youth and street-fashion center, Harajuku has become the epicenter of kawaii culture. The area also is home to the heavily wooded Meiji Shrine and boasts a wide selection of eateries catering to both young and old.
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How Can Anime Build on its Past Success?Sakurai Takamasa

“Anime” has become a common term worldwide among the younger generation raised on Japanese animation and these fans have come to expect a lot from anime produced in Japan. This article looks at the challenges ahead for the anime industry as it seeks to meet those expectations.
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2013 in Japanese FashionShimada Yūki

In 2013, “bubble years” styles named for the go-go economic boom years in the late 1980s and early 1990s—from knitwear thrown over the shoulders to clutch bags, tight skirts, and sleeveless tops—made a real comeback. Even the way people wore the items, with high waistlines and tucked-in shirts, was a throwback to that era. The skill with which both men and women accessorized caught the eye. Man…
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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s J-Pop “Kawaii” in Paris

Pop singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has already hit it big in Japan, but now she’s aiming to build her fanbase overseas. Here we interview a Japanese reporter living in Paris to find out how Kyary’s brand of kawaiii is viewed in France.
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An Explorer of Japanese Style

Tokyo is far from the established fashion capitals of the world, but the styles seen on its streets continue to attract global attention. We interview an American woman whose fascination with uniquely Japanese looks brought her to the country more than a decade ago; she has been involved in the fashion scene in Japan ever since.
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How Can Harajuku Get Its Groove Back?

Harajuku in Tokyo is known around the world as a street-fashion Mecca. Yonehara Yasumasa has kept a close eye on the neighborhood’s street life, snapping photos with his Cheki instant camera. Here he speaks his mind about how commercialism has dulled the Harajuku style and what it will take to revive youth culture there.
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