Ura-Harajuku, which literally means 'back streets of Harajuku', is an area where you can find a lot of small fashionable boutiques, beauty salons, cafes and restaurants. It is also called 'Ura-Hara' for short. Cat Street and its branches are one of the most bustling streets in the area. You can see young people dressed up and enjoying shopping there.
There was a river once where now Cat Street is, but the river was covered over for the development of this area when Tokyo Olympic was held in 1964. This is why the street is winding.
According to my friend whose birthplace was beside Cat Street, when he was a kid, the area was not like what it is like now, but was a typical old residential area. However, as he grew up, a lot of stores opened around there and it became a popular place among the young.
It would be fun to stroll around with imagining what the fashionable streets were like once.
Cat Street, Hot Spot for the Young at Harajuku, Tokyo [iPhone 4S/HD]
- Shot in 1080p full HD with an iPhone 4S on Jun. 24th, 2012
Here is the video about Takeshita Street, the most popular shopping street in the Harajuku area. Check also this!
Takeshita Street, Harajuku ~The Fashion Center of Tokyo~ [iPhone 4S/HD]
- Shot in 1080p full HD with an iPhone 4S on Jun. 11th, 2012