Travel Report: Cat Street – Harajuku, Tokyo.

Cat Street Harajuku Tokyo.

February 2019. Tokyo’s trendy Harajuku District is one of the city’s most popular shopping neighborhoods, with street after hipster-inhabited street of cool cafes, upmarket boutiques, hobby stores, clothes shops and more, more, more. Normally I’d have little to no interest in a shopping street but this is Tokyo after all, where everything is somehow effortlessly cool and there’s bound to be a surprise or two around each corner. Having been underwhelmed by the depressing Harry Zoo Café, I found myself right on Cat Street where, as fate would have it, I was hoping to further bolster my flagging wardrobe with an injection of much-needed T-shirtage.

B-Side Label Hobby Shop Cat Street Tokyo
B-Side Label, Tokyo.

February 2019. Don’t expect to see any actual cats on Cat Street, it’s just a name. But do expect to see Tokyo’s trendiest folks (cool cats if you will) strutting about with pop-culture-referencing apparel, multi-colored hair and… if you’re luck’s in… some wacky cosplay. My first stop that sunny afternoon was the very cool B-Side Label, a hobby shop specializing in stickers, badges, posters, t-shirts and all manner of stylish knick-knacks.

Cool stickers B-Side Label Tokyo
B-Side Label, Tokyo.
Cool Japan T-shirt B Side Label Harajuku Tokyo
B-Side Label, Tokyo.

Sticking purely to my T-shirt mission, I had my heart set on this gorgeous, almost psychedelic piece in the T-shirt section right at the back of the store. In fact, I liked it so much not even the price tag (4145JPY £28/€33/$37) could deter me. B-Side Label is well worth a visit even if you’re not buying. From its chic design to Japanese indie music this place just oozes a cool vibe and the staff are super friendly and willing to help you with anything.

Cool sushi t-shirt Parisien Cat Street Harajuku Tokyo
Parisien, Tokyo.

February 2019. An altogether more old-school atmosphere prevails at Parisien, a Cat Street clothing store run by a trio of exceptionally sweet middle-aged ladies. At first I found one of them quite annoying, as she wouldn’t leave me alone when all I wanted was some quiet time to sift through their many T-shirt designs. Thankfully, after an emergency meeting with Wonderboy (who set about expertly distracting her), I was able to pick out a couple of pieces I really liked.

Parisien Cat Street Harajuku Tokyo
Parisien, Tokyo.

They were really helpful and patient in letting me try everything on, take my time, play around with sizes and even do a few photos. When we finally exite half an hour later, two of the old Parisien dames sent us on our way with wide beaming smiles, an enthusiastic wave and a beautifully melodic “konnichiwaaaaaa!!!”

Gremlins jacket Blakichy Boutique Cat Street Tokyo
Blakichy Boutique, Tokyo.
If it's not fun it's not a hat Cat Street Tokyo
Cat Street hat shop, Tokyo.

February 2019. With Mission: Cat Street T-shirts accomplished, the rest of my time here was spent dipping in and out of various stores that caught my eye. A special mention goes to the hideously fantastic Gremlins jacket at the oddly named Blakichy Boutique (yours for JUST 26,800JPY/£181/€212/$240) and a funky hat store whose name I sloppily failed to note down. Just look out for the amusing, misspelled counter that I’m guessing should read: “IF” it’s not fun, it’s not a hat.

Ralph Lauren Cat Street Harajuku Tokyo
Ralph Lauren, Tokyo.

February 2019. At a considerable length of 1.2 kilometers, Cat Street can be accessed by a number of subway stations, including Harajuku Station, Meiji-jingumae ‘Harajuku’ Station, Omotesando Station, Shibuya Subway Station and Shibuya JR Station. Cat Street can be accessed 24-7, while the shops have long opening hours from about 9-10 in the morning right through to 21:00-22:00 at night.

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