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— by Jamila Brown: Thrift stores are as common as konbini (convenience stores) in Japan’s fashion capital. In Tokyo, entire districts like Shimokitazawa and Harajuku have blossomed into designated secondhand havens. Due to the deep-rooted concept of mottainai (aversion to wastefulness) within Japanese culture, and the fact that styles are cycling back into fashion faster than ever, the demand for high-quality vintage clothes has been met with a seemingly endless abundance of thrift stores popping up across Japan…

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