Friday, January 29, 2010

Harajuku: Takeshita Street Part II

The only major minus point of Takeshita Street has to deal with how crowded the street always is as well as with the constant jostling of elbows with fellow shoppers. To give a mental image, if one stands at the top of the street (especially on a weekend day), all he will be able to see is a sea of heads sandwiched between the brightly colored shops. Therefore, it may take a bit of mental preparation to plunge yourself in among this crowd, but once you're in, you're bound to enjoy yourself and lose track of time visiting all of the stores and observing the lively street fashion.

Shopping along Takeshita Street and its many side streets even for a couple of hours can certainly drain one's energy, but fear not, there are plenty of delicious and affordable food venues to provide tired shoppers with a rest spot as well as with a snack to renew their energy stores. The most popular among these is the numerous crepes where the popular French dessert is served rolled into a to-go cone with a variety of flavor options ranging from the original strawberry whipped crème with chocolate drizzle to meals such as salad stuffed crepes and pizza stuffed crepes. One will most likely have to wait in line for one of these savory treats, but I, along with hundreds of other regular Harajuku-goers, can assure you that it'll be well worth the wait.

Harajuku's Takeshita Street is a must-go destination when visiting Tokyo. One can walk down the street once and feel like they’ve seen it all, but walk down the street again and he's bound to spot something he missed the first time through. Takeshita street—with its own distinct and fresh energy—will be sure to transport visitors into the exciting world of Japanese fashion.

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