Podcast: Harajuku Requiem

Harajuku Reqiuem

Sometime in November, Marxy of Néojaponisme and Patrick Macias — author of such books as Cruising the Anime City: An Otaku Guide to Neo Tokyo and Japanese Schoolgirl Inferno: Tokyo Teen Fashion Subculture Handbook — met in Inokashira Park and recorded a very long podcast about Harajuku and the past, present, and future of Japanese fashion. The result spans over an hour and twenty minutes, and yes, we edited out a lot of the boring parts. Hear Marxy talk about the minutiae of his first visits to A Bathing Ape in 1998. Hear P. Macias talk about the high-pressure sales staff at Shibuya 109-2. Good news: it ends on an optimistic note.

Intro song: “1996” by Cornelius
Ending song: “Volunteer Ape Man (Disco)” by Cornelius

Download: Harajuku Requiem: Marxy x Patrick Macias on Tokyo Fashion Past and Present
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W. David MARX
December 14, 2009

W. David Marx (Marxy) — Tokyo-based writer and musician — is the founder and chief editor of Néojaponisme.

8 Responses

  1. John in Ginza Says:


  2. bendall Says:

    I love how nerdy this is even as I 100% don’t care at all about the topic.

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  4. Spence Load Says:

    This is helping cross the Is and dot the Ts of a lot of stuff I’ve been very basically aware for years. Thanks a lot, guys.

    Actually, if I wanted to read about all of this and more as it’s all happening in greater detail, what should I check out?

  5. W. David MARX Says:

    Maybe “Style Deficit Disorder” by Tiffany Godoy. That’s all that’s in print at the moment. I am currently working on something but it’s going to be a while.

  6. Japan News « Prisionero del Pixel Says:

    […] de los artículos normales (puedes leer su manifiesto de intenciones) tiene un interesante podcast. En el último episodio hablan de Harajuku y el pasado, presente y futuro de la moda japonesa. totalmente recomendable […]

  7. greg starr Says:

    Man, you guys know a lot about stuff. But, sorry, Hokoten was not about the rollers. The rollers had been there forever, even before the Takenoko-zoku and perhaps Meiji, so they still kept their place near the Yoyogi-koen entrance by virtue of seniority, but they were mostly ignored by anyone who went more than once. Hokoten was mostly about alternative rock (a lot of which was stimulated by Ika-ten, the TV show), but included folk, punk, dance, everything. They bands all made tapes and sold them on the streets, and so did some wanna-be fashion designers. But the emphasis was music, and it was the sound that gave the police their excuse to shut it down in 1995.

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