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What does it mean by "Harajuku"?

SimpleMan

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Hi,

I saw this word "Harajuku" many times in Japanese website, and I tried to get the meaning of this word from dictionary but I couldn't find it. Please can you explain to me what does it mean with "Harajuku"?

Many thanks
SimpleMan
 

tasuki

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Harajuku is not a word, it's the name of a place. It's a hip neighbourhood on the Yamanote line, not far from Shinjuku where a lot of young people hang out.

Technically, if you were to deconstruct ナ陳エツ宿 (harajuku), it would mean the "original" (gen, ナ陳エ; also read hara) "inn", "accomodation", or "hotel" (juku, ツ宿ツ); as opposed to Shinjuku (ツ新ツ宿) the "new" (shin, ツ新) "inn", "accomodation", or "hotel", but nobody thinks of "Shinjuku" and "Harajuku" that way, they are just names of places.
 

SimpleMan

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Doumo arigatu gozaimasu tasuki-kun

Hi tasuki,

I thought this word related to unique group, anyway thank u so much for your help.

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tasuki

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I guess it can depend on the context, but I can't say that I've ever heard it used that way. Well, maybe if see in in the sense of "Harajuku kids" or "Harajuku girls", it can refer to specific groups of people that hang out in Harajuku and because of that have a certain common fashion, etc., then it can relate to unique groups. But used by itself, unless my time here has played tricks on me, it only refers to Harajuku two stops away from where I work.
 

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I use this station everyday and sometimes it is difficult negotiating my way around all the people hanging around looking at each other. Usually I don't mind but if I am in a hurry it can be a bit frustrating..

Does this mean I am jaded???

No - I just find it amusing that all of the kids who are trying to be "alternative" all end up looking exactly the same!! 👏
 

Kalashnikov

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I'm a Vietnamese undergraduate student and I think this forum is very useful for whom want to study about Japanese and Japanese culture like me.
BTW, I've read in some articles that there has been a group so called "Takenokojoko". Could someone pls explain details about that? Thanks very much.
 
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