Saturday, May 21, 2005

Harajuku station, in Tokyo's Shibuya neighborhood

on the weekend, teenagers turn out in large numbers, dressed in their most excellent clothing. tourists (foreign and Japanese both) gather in even larger numbers to gape, point, giggle, and take pictures of and with the teenagers. it is an entirely symbiotic relationship. in the photo below, test your powers of perception by attempting to guess who is the tourist:

the Japanese tourist are, of course, there for the teenagers; foreigners are less discriminating.

there was a token traffic cop there, but it seemed like the only thing he had to worry about was keeping the kids from jaywalking. they were a pretty orderly bunch. (they had to be... they required too much equipment to keep themselves done up, and you can't very well do crimes when you're lugging a rolling pink suitcase full of cosmetics.)

it was also a busy shopping street for normal people. (scroll right a bit...)


Blogger jenn see said...

these are fantastic.

i have determined that:

a)you're purdy dam good at takin' pitchers.
b) japan is a good place for photographers.

6:24 AM  
Anonymous tlau said...

Those are incredible. Loads of fashion inspiration.

3:19 PM  
Blogger Daniel Heath said...

j.s.: a. thank you. b. abso-frickin'-lutely. and since tall white guys already stand out like they're wearing giant clown shoes that squeak every time they take a step, I don't mind walking around with a hefty camera around my neck all the time.

unknown (aka T.): I would pay five shiny new dollars to see you done up with that little targeting eyepiece. (only I have a feeling that if you were wearing it, it would actually do something)

12:53 PM  
Blogger Lorena said...

wonderful photographs!!! that is so cool how they dress up. love your blog! especially love the first one, so creative!! cool stuff.

9:39 AM  
Blogger Daniel Heath said...

re: the first one... yeah, I don't know what that was all about. everyone once in a while Japan would go all monochrome, with maybe these little colored squares kinda zipping around like dust motes... only bigger, and in color...

I was thinking maybe it was the unfiltered sake.

10:20 AM  
Blogger mysfit said...

wow - live action anime!!

7:37 AM  
Blogger Daniel Heath said...

yes. sadly, I had my camera put away when several of them jumped into the cockpits of giant robot suits and zipped off to fight demons.

11:17 AM  
Blogger jenn see said...

they've really got the robot suits now.

11:27 AM  

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