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Takeshita Street, Takeshita-dori, just across the railway bridge from Yoyogi park, continues this spirit of Avant-fashion with gangs like the cos-play-zuku, groups of mostly female youngsters in manga-inspired costumes and lemon and blue lipstick, turning the narrow street into a lively and impromptu catwalk of the new and bizarre.
The park is remarkable chiefly for the National Yoyogi Sports Center, comprising two stadiums designed by architect Tange Kenzo.
The park itself was once a parade ground for the imperial Japanese army. After World War II it was taken over by the Occupation for military housing and nick named “Washington Heights,” then redeveloped as the Olympic Village site for the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Game.
By the 1980s thanks to the broad avenues and new subway stops built for the games, this had become one of the coolest, liveliest, and place where the youngest trendiest people live, neighborhood in the city.
Street foods to try, body painting to see, the in your face-fashion, the photo opportunities; maybe on a warm spring afternoon Youyogi Park might be more fun than any other place in town!
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