Display at Takenoko in Tokyo. Photo by alphacityguides.


What we love…

  • This might look like a drag queen's closet on crack, but go with us on this one. 
  • This is actually a popular costume shop that has been outfitting the dance subculture by the same name (Takenoko-zoku) since the late 70's. During the 70's and 80's hordes of Japanese youth would dress in brightly colored harem pants, and other various disco duds, and dance in Yoyogi park every Sunday afternoon. 
  • Inside this shop you'll still find brightly colored costumes along with feathers, glitter, animal print, lace and PVC—pretty much everything you need to give RuPaul a run for her money. The shop now sells a range of other cosplay type styles to cater to other youth fashion markets.
  • Although the Takenoko-zoku look has since died down it did serve as the precursor to the rockabilly kids you can still see cutting up the park every Sunday. 
  • There's a good chance that you won't buy anything here but come on, it's a serious piece of Japanese pop culture and just too interesting to pass.

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Hours & Location

  • Takeshita Street, Harajuku
    Tokyo ,