My Japan Street Style Diary

A Guide to my Tokyo Street Style, Each and Every day

Words by Billy George

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Tokyo, to me, is a place you can go and be yourself. I mean, if you're anything like me who wears their outfits a little left (or right) of centre, you tend to see a lot of judgement behind quiet eyes. It's quite displeasing at time - and can often get you down. That's not Tokyo. Not at all. Not one bit - well maybe a bit but you get the idea I'm trying to paint. 

See Tokyo is quirky, and takes after the Japanese quirkiness quite well. I mean, some of the weirdest yet most amazing things come out of this newly reformed country post-world war 2. Think the crazy game shows. Think the funky toys. Think anime. And best of all? Think fashion. The Japanese love western culture and really take to it, regardless if they can speak the language or not - and that really translates to their fashion sense. The mix of culture has really done the city well, while it still stayed extremely true to its traditions. 

Now when you think fashion, the Japanese really love doing their own thing. People wear what they want to wear when they want to wear and people generally just leave them be. The Harajuku girls all dolled up looking like 'lil Bo Peep. The Rock 'a Billy's of Yoyogi park dressed head to foot in leather and denim just doing there thing. People are much more accepting of everyone else's differences and it's truly a beautiful thing. Yes of course Japan has it's problems - no society is perfect - but I am able to walk the streets without getting a side look like I do here. You wont truly understand until you go and see it for yourself. 

For my insider's guide on Tokyo - check out my Tokyo Stories article. 

 


May 5: Harajuku

The first day was hot - and when Tokyo is hot, it's humid as hell so light denim and light tshirts are the way to go! I just wanted to keep it simple, I was super tired post a day of transit and landing in late. 

COS tee
Zara denim
Country Road suede derby's
Rayban clubmasters / Rayban specs
Triwa watch

 

May 6: ShibuyA

The day was bright and I was up and at it early so of course, I had to get out and explore the city in the quiet mornings. Tokyo only really starts to wake up after 10 or 11am so it's quite peaceful before then!

Schott NYC denim vest
Zara white tee
Zara denim
Country Road suede derby's
Triwa watch
Double U Frenk rings

 

 

May 6: Kichijoji

The afternoon was spent in Kichijoji exploring the streets of a quiet out of the city suburb of Tokyo. 

Schott NYC mechanic shirt
Zara denim
Country Road suede derby's
Triwa watch
Rayban specs

 

 

 


May 7: Harajuku

I'm not going to lie, you're going to see a lot of photos of me about Harajuku. I love the area. Today I was hunting the Rock 'a Billy's. Didn't find them!

Beams beanie
H&M tee
Edwin denim
Lacoste sneakers

 

 


May 8: Daikanyama

It's been a busy and non-stop couple of days. My cousin recommended I go visit the T-Site at Daikanyama to chill out, read a book and sip on a coffee for a long while. I got lost in it all!

Zara tee
United Arrows & Sons chinos
Lacoste sneakers
Bandana
Triwa watch
Rayban specs

 

May 9: HARAJUKU

I told you I'd be back quite often! This morning I got up a bit early and chilled out at a quiet Hawaiian inspired place for breakfast (I had an 'Egg Slut' - what?!) and chilled out and explored about Harajuku.

Akubra hat
COS tee
Edwin Denim
Vans slipons
Triwa watch
Rayban specs

 

May 9: Shibuya

Out for dinner I go! After a long ass day, I dressed appropriately (casual as hell) and walked by way into the centre of Shibuya (the crosswalk area) and grabbed a bite to eat and had a couple of beers with some locals. Good times!

Beams beanie
Gstar denim shirt
Zara tee
H&M shorts
Vans slip ons
Triwa watch

 


May 10: Ginza

While these photos are in Shibuya, today was spent chilling out in Ginza - the famous shopping district of Tokyo. Well more specifically - at Dover St Market - the best place in the world.

Troy O' Shea hat
Uniqlo sweater
H&M tee
Gstar jacket
Edwin denim
Lacost sneakers
H&M tote
Triwa watch
Rayban specs

 

May 11: Asakusa

Ahhh I love exploring culture. Heading out to the temples in Asakusa, a short 20 or so minute ride via train was well worth it. The streets were cool as hell and the markets were so perfect! I loved everything to do with the place - except the millions of tourists that flooded in. I did get into one of the temples and read my fortune - I'll have a most excellent trip apparently! Glad to here!

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May 11: Shibuya

After a day exploring the temples, the afternoon was spent chillin in Shibuya, where I stayed. Much food and beer was consumed. 

Troy O'Shea cap
Bape henley
Edwin denim
Lacoste sneakers
Triwa watch
Rayban specs

 

 

May 12: Shibuya

Today was a chill day spent exploring the city again in my rock n' roll inspired attire. P.s. That dude in the tan suit was killing it!

Ralph Lauren shirt
Zara denim
Vans slip ons
Triwa watch
Rayban clubmasters

 

May 14: Harajuku

Yep. The trip is almost coming to a close. Not fair! The last two days have been spent getting out and eating as much food as possible! Need to load up before I get back!

Gstar shirt
Uniqlo puffer vest
United Arrows & Sons tee
Zara denim
Country Road suede derby's
Triwa watch
Bailey Nelson specs

 

May 15: Shibuya Station

Can you tell by my facial expression that I'm not so happy? Well, I'm really not. I have had such an amazing solo trip in Japan that I don't really want to get back home to reality; it stinks! It's been a very long time since I have done a solo trip and to tell you the truth, before hand I was dreading it - I'm a serial worry-wort filled with anxiety. It scared me but as soon as I jumped on the plane to Tokyo, landed and got to my Airbnb, I was so excited. Something about these self-exploratory trip really open up your own eyes to who you are and what you can actually achieve on your own. I'm quite proud of myself. 

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Akubra hat
Comme des Garcons zip up
Zara tee
adidas Originals x United Arrows pants
Vans slip ons
Triwa watch
Rayban specs