This photograph is taken at JR Harajuku station front. People stand in front of the pedestrian crossing by the waiting for a signal at the place which came out of the wicket of a station. The present station building is the wooden structure completed in 1924, and is the oldest in the wooden station building which is existing in a metropolitan area. Now, about 70,000 persons per day use this station. Although Harajuku was scorched by the air raid on Tokyo in 1945 of the last stage of the war, the barracks "Washington heights" of U.S. Air Force are built after the end of the war at the requisitioned Yoyogi soldier place site, and the stores called Kiddy Land, an oriental bazaar for U.S. Forces soldiers, and its families came to begin business in along Omotesando. Wken it goes into the level of 1960, Tokyo Olympic Games is held by making the neighboring Yoyogi gymnasium etc. into the hall in 1964. Moreover, in this area, it is also these days that the luxury flat was successively built by the "first condominiums boom" accompanying the apartment act enforcement in 1962. It means following in footsteps of a European and American urban life in Japan of the high-growth era. When having entered it in the 1970s, the youth culture centering on a fashion changed in the direction of Shibuya and Harajuku gradually from conventional Shinjuku. "Anan" and "non-no" of the fashion magazines for women started in 1970 which first publication take up Harajuku as a fashon town, and it fellows the young women who stride Harajuku for those magazines. When the 1980s come, the Takeshita street will develop under the influence of Takenoko-zoku (bamboo shoot kids). And, talent shops will increase in number the second half of the 80s. And, the flagship outlet of the overseas famous fashion brand opened one after another in Omotesando in the 1990s, and is continuing its trend now.
1. Apparel shop in Meiji street: workshop
2. Casual shop in Takeshita street: workshop
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ikeharel (44139) 2013-09-10 0:52
Well mikio, you were spotted by two ladies, off-center right on picture.
Nice idea to show people just about going their business on town - and yet, imagine what goe's in the mind thinking, waiting, chatting and even day-dreaming - like the young lady on far left.
Great photo, a social test - that's what came to my mind when saw this.
pajaran (41809) 2013-09-10 4:09
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o stanici i gradu, sa datim podacima i istorijom ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak, lepe fotografije u radionici.
Lep trenutak sa putnicima.
Very interesting and good article about the station and the city, with the given data and history ...
A good time recording, contrast, beautiful colors.
Good work, nice place and time shown, beautiful pictures in the workshop.
A nice moment with passengers.
All the best.
mcmtanyel (5355) 2013-09-10 7:06
This is a very fine collection of photos from Harajuku, all of them framed just right and all of them equally interesting. I like the subdued colors of this main photo.
Thank you for the informative note.
holmertz (31408) 2013-09-10 9:15
This is a nice study of a group of people waiting to cross the street. There is a connection between some of them but generally they are inward-looking, lost in their own thoughts, or for the moment not thinking at all. We can imagine freely what goes on in their minds. The group is well lit and they are nicely framed by the brick walls.
fabbs99 (11252) 2013-09-12 22:42
Nice daily life image of the people waiting to go to different directions.I love the simplicity of your composition.Excellent composition, good presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.
abmdsudi (32577) 2013-09-14 9:39
Enjoy the orientation and pose of these people, watching is also rewarding as shown some are fully aware of your presence! Their engaging faces, expression and body lingo are essential part of the shot, and hint of eye contacts are also attractive elements that make this shot. An interesting every day subject about street people that tells a story. Great street candid well taken
- Copyright: mikio kato (kato) (9582)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-09-09
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Pentax K10 D, Pentax DA 50-200 f4-5.6 ED
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/180 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-09-10 0:22