WHILE in Tokyo, Japan, for an assignment last week, I to hit the streets in search of kooky styles and quirky fashion.
With my almost non-existent grasp of Japanese language, and questions written in a notebook (in Japanese, thanks to the hotel receptionist), I approached a few girls and asked them what they were wearing.
I was rejected by some of them — Japanese women are usually really shy and many merely giggled when I asked for their names.
However, just as many fashionistas were happy to talk about their style through gestures and in their limited English words.
Miku (left) and Natsu pair bright-coloured heels with their Shibuya-trendy attire. Both have bleached hair, and say it is a popular look.
Mari is dressed casually in booties, a vest shaped like a huge bow and a tiny hint of blush on her cheeks for an entire day of shopping.
This girl wears a high top bun and secured it with a head band, a hairstyle that seems to be taking Tokyo by storm.
Ai's leggings are known as 'damaged' leggings (because they look like they've been ripped and torn) and are being sold all over town.
Juri, surrounded by pink, happily agreed to bat her long lashes for the camera, and show off her carefully manicured pink nails, large rings and bangles.
Kaede gestures that she wears platforms or high heels every day, and accessorises with tiny stuffed toys.