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Chapter 2
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Chapter 3
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Chapter 4
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Chapter 5
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Chapter 6
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Culture Notes:


If you’re visiting Japan from abroad, it is common for visitors to want to go popular places for sightseeing and to experience Japanese culture. Harajuku is a district located in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. It is known for being popular for youth culture and fashion. Takeshita Street in particular is famous for its stores and fashion. There are plenty of things to do on Takeshita Street, such as shopping at 100 yen shops and trendy fashion boutiques, eating at cheap restaurants, and gaze upon the numerous people dressed in Harajuku fashion.

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Lolita Fashion

While walking through Harajuku, it wouldn’t be out the ordinary to see girls resembling Victorian porcelain dolls. Lolita fashion, originating in Japan, draws inspiration from Victorian and Edwardian clothing. The clothing focus on modesty. The dress’s purpose is to deemphasize the hip and bust. The length of the dress can vary from knee length to floor length and can be made with elaborate details such as bow, ribbons, and ruffles. Within Lolita fashion, there are different styles that attract different people. For instance, there’s gothic, sweet, classic, and old school. There are other non well known styles that arose under the umbrella of Lolita fashion. One of the extremely popular Lolita style is gothic lolita. The primary color is black and can come in different fabrics such as satin, silk, and velvet. The makeup is kept dark; so a smoky eye created with a black eyeliner is usually paired with a red or a dark color lipstick. And to complete the look, accessories such as a coffin purse, black parasol, and black jewelry are added.