Retailer Gap’s Harajuku flagship was more than just a storefront. It was the litmus test of trends, where you will see dozen of “street shots” photographers and “coolhunters” on a daily basis. Situated between 2 of the busiest avenues in Harajuku, it was a market indicator, a gauge on the Japan’s often-volatile economy. It came no surprise to many then, at the store’s sudden closure in 2009. (It has since moved to a larger location nearby)
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