Tour Vintage JAPAN

A Vintage Fashion Tour for Armchair Travellers and Thrifters

by Louise D.

Because 2020 travel restrictions have kept most of us close to home this year, we offer this Vintage BLOG as a vicarious travel flashback to a month long trip through Japan in Nov 2019.

Vintage/Resale Shops are big business in Japan; from large chain consignment stores to independent remake shops to small stalls in large warehouses to random piles of thrift items spread out on the side of the street in smaller towns. True charity shops are rare in Japan although Oxfam (Great Britain) and Salvation Army (U.S.) have opened Tokyo locations in recent years.

Vintage research in Shimokitazawa District,
the heart of Tokyo’s Secondhand and Vintage Scene.

Tokyo’s main reuse ♻️ fashion neighbourhoods: Shimokitazawa, Harajuku, and Shibuya. The Men’s vintage scene in Tokyo’s wildly varying fashion districts appears to be as colourful and vibrant as Women’s.

Well used commuter cycling paths connect
Tokyo’s sprawling districts.
WEGO Chain Stores can be found in many fashion neighbourhoods in Tokyo and Osaka.
Reuse Flea-Market style vendors line the street in town of Shimizu in the shadow of Mt Fuji.
Colourful Japanese Street Fashion

Vintage plays an influential role in the Japanese street fashion scene centred in Tokyo’s large fashion districts of Harajuku, Aoyama, Gonzalo, Odaiba, Shinjuku, and Shibuya.

Vintage Street Fashion
Small Remake Shops with Storefront Sewing Stations
Vintage Kimonos repurposed and handcrafted into beautiful purses and clutches.
Deconstructed Fashion
Eclectic Patchwork Remake Jacket displayed in
a Tokyo Reuse Warehouse
2nd Street, another reuse chain in
Tokyo and various cities throughout Japan
Popular imported vintage for Japan’s cool winters.

Traditional Irish wool knit sweater priced at 3900 Yen ($50 CAD).

Japanese Vintage Reuse Chains have expanded into China and other Asian cities to meet recent increased demand for High-end Resale Fashion throughout Asia; also a growing trend worldwide.


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