Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 10.58.42 AM

Like it or loathe it, Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” is still killing it in the charts more than six months after its initial release and remains of the most played songs on the radio. Sure, the lyrics are kind of simple, and its gets kind of repetitive, but when an artist devotes so much energy to being upbeat and provides a track that you just can’t help tapping your feet to, it’s hard not to crack a smile.

Fan-made remakes of the music video are ten a penny right now, with people all over the world feeling the urge to make their own smiling, strutting, and dancing compilations, but one particular video, titled “Harajuku Happy“, is by far one of the coolest we’ve seen, giving us a tour of the titular town while showing that life in Japan’s capital isn’t all black suits and bowing.

We’re not sure what it is about this video that we love so much, but we can’t stop watching it. It could be because it shows off so much of what Harajuku has to offer, or perhaps it’s because the stereotypically shy and retiring Japanese are shown as anything but as they dance through the streets to Williams’ track. Whatever the reason, we’re not in the least bit surprised that the video has been watched more than half a million times so far.

I mean, how can you not smile at this?

It has cool girls,

Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 10.58.42 AM

cute children,

Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 11.02.19 AM

dancing sumo,

Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 11.14.25 AM

bemused tourists,

Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 10.59.58 AM

singing businessmen,

Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 11.01.18 AM

spicy “American dog” (corn dog) action,

Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 11.03.42 AM

a strutting teddy bear,

Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 11.04.53 AM

“Teenagers From Mars,”

Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 11.05.34 AM


Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 11.12.03 AM

door appreciation,

Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 11.13.16 AM

a toilet that’s happy to accept your waste,

Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 11.14.56 AM

this guy,

Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 10.59.20 AM

and so much more!

Check out “Harajuku Happy” in full right here. It’s guaranteed to cure your Monday Blues!

If that put you in the mood for more chirpy trips through Japan, be sure to check out these other videos from Osaka and Okinawa.

Source/screenshots: Harajuku Happy Times