Japan’s Crazy Harajuku Fashion

The Harajuku district of Tokyo, Japan is the epicenter of street fashion. Collisions of colors, fabrics and aesthetics culminate in this single square mile, overloading the district with boutiques, clothing chains, and fashion malls all catering to the ever-growing sartorial scene. While Gwen Stefani may have introduced Harajuku to more Western audiences in 2004 (and somewhat contentiously, at that), Harajuku fashion has been a veritable institution for decades.

Black Geisha

Source: Slate

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Modern Sword Fighting In Japan

Hidden behind the shadows of modern skyscrapers, two men take part in the ancient art of Samurai sword fighting. Despite the evolution of weaponry and technical innovations therein, Japanese sword fighting has maintained much of its original integrity.

A Vending Machine In An Abandoned Fukushima Field

Vending Machine Inland Tsunami

Source: The Atlantic

Two and a half years after Japan was dragged through the fatal throes of a tsunami, earthquake and nuclear power plant meltdown, displacement and loss are still sadly common themes among Japanese survivors. Despite the evacuation of over 160,000 citizens, though, enterprise has returned in the form of a dilapidated vending machine.

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