Sabel (my new Spanish acquaintance) and I had the same plan after viewing Tokyo’s skyline from Metroplitan Government Offices.
We went to Harajuku, where Japanese teenagers dress up in costume play or popularly known as cosplay.
We walked straight inside the Yoyogi Koen, a huge park (free admission) where families have picnic on grasses and youngsters playing outdoor sports or just hanging out with friends.
After walking for a few minutes, we were disappointed not to see one soul in costumes—so we asked several people. But, we failed. It’s either they didn’t understand us or they just didn’t give a damn care.
We decided to go back to the subway and come back another day–but when the teenagers playing at the park were having a break, we summoned our courage to ask one more time. And no doubt– they knew what we were looking for! 🙂
Two of them wanted to come with us so they could show us the way but we insisted to just point us where it was and we’ll find it ourselves. They did led to a direction and our hearts were leaping with joy.
When we went out of the gate, we saw some men in mohican-styled hair and shirts with print: “Tokyo Rockabilly Club.” And boy, they were on their PINK vintage car! Hot!
We walked a bit further and there…… we saw boys and girls in their costumes. Aha!
They were so playful and willing to show their poses in front of tourists.
As expected, tourists were amused and asked for a photo op with them.
I was surprised to see caucasian teeners doing the same thing as other Japanese cosplayers. The difference is that, they were not as wildly-behaved as their Japanese counteparts. Dressed in black costumes and goth make-up, they were just playing it cool and were even shy in posing for cameras.
My guide book, writes: Many of the girls are ijime-ko, kids bullied in school, who find release and expression in their temporary weekened identities.