The Girls of Harajuku, Japan

For the Virgin traveller in Japan, Harajuku is one of those ‘must see’ places on the Japan tourist circuit. Without a doubt the most famous street of Harajuku’s is Takeshita. It is highly doubtful that you will see such a place back home – taking into consideration that I am originally from a place of 3,000 people and sheep outnumber humans by 1000:1 it holds especially true for me.

So who are these infamous Harajuku Girls?

Harajuku gyaru (girl) is the phrase most commonly used to identify girls who hang around Tokyo’s Harajuku district. And of the many varied sites, definitely some of the more eye-catching are the lithe figures of the girls that flank the streets there. A word of warning though, “All that glitters is not gold” and all that looks like a girl is often not either.

You will find the fashion styles not only diverse but in some cases exceedingly bizarre. I often notice myself mentally ‘high fiving’ the girls for their courage and complete lack of self-consciousness. Here are a few of the genres that I have been privileged to see in my trips down those lanes: Gothic Lolita, Gothic Maid, Wamono, Decora, Second-Hand Fashion, and Cyber Fashion (which tends to feature goggles, masks, leather and latex.) In one of my more memorable trips I even saw several girls wearing fake blood and bandages.

What possesses these girls to dress in such an outrageous (and often provocative) way you ask yourself…

A number of of them are evidently doing their best to imitate rock bands such as Japan X (this band almost deserves a post of it’s own.) If we put on our social anthropology coats and glasses (or goggles if you want to get into the swing of it) and burrow deeper we can appreciate that for many others this is a form of escapism. At the peril of over-generalizing I have observed Japan to be a very homogeneous society and this weekly indulgence allows them to briefly escape the majority of the rules of Japanese society. It gives them individuality not as certainly apparent while wearing their usual school uniforms or workplace costume. And perhaps at the heart it gives these wonderful ladies an outlet to express, often in very sexual ways (with ripped stockings, garters, and mini-skirts, etc), the oppression of the Japanese female in their predominantly male dominated society.

I have created the opportunity to talk to quite a a small number of of these girls over the years to try and grasp what makes them ‘tick’ and found the Harajuku Girls, underneath all the make-up and bling, to be like the girl next door – tremendously polite, gracious and warm-hearted.

Cheap Cosplay Costumes – Add Visual Appeal To Your Cosplays

You can add life and visual appeal to your cosplays with the cheap cosplay costumes. Nowadays, many different varieties of party costumes are available in the market. You can represent your favorite fantasy character in a proficient manner with the help of cheap costumes. Cheap costumes are available in many different sizes in the market. You can also take the help of internet because many websites deal with different varieties of cheap cosplay costumes.

Further, in this article, I will make you familiar with some of the famous cheap cosplay costume ideas. Make sure that you read them carefully.

1. Super Mario Brothers

Nowadays, Mario brother’s costumes are gaining a lot of popularity in the market. Mario cosplay costumes are available in the market at low price. You can also buy them online. Mario and Luigi cosplay outfits are made from good quality fabrics. They are also available in many different color schemes. You can easily make your cosplay parties successful with these inexpensive outfits.

2. Pokemon Costumes

Pokemon cosplay outfits are the latest trend in the market. You can give an amusing touch to your cosplay parties with these exclusive outfits. Pokemon costumes mainly require a stuffed Pokemon toy and a poke ball. You can give a finishing touch to Pokemon outfits with dark shaded jeans and t-shirt. You can also add black strips to split the costume colors.

3. Cowboy Cosplay Party Costumes

Cowboy party costumes are available in the market at a low price. These party outfits are available in many different shades and sizes. You can also buy them online. Cowboy costumes mainly consist of black spandex shorts and white T-shirt. You can also add visual appeal to your fantasy character with aviator style goggles and bright red hair wigs.

4. Japanese School Girl Cosplay Costumes

Japanese school girl is very common in video games and play stations. They are mainly dressed in collared blouse and pleated skirts. You can also make your own basic uniform easily. Japanese girl cosplay outfits are made from good quality fabrics and they are easily available in the market at a reasonable price. You can also take the help of the internet and enjoy some great discount offers.

Well, these are some of the most popular cheap cosplay costume ideas. You can make your parties outstanding and enjoyable with cheap cosplay costumes. I am sure that you will have a lot of fun.

Japanese Fashion and Children – How They Match

If you’re familiar with Japanese culture, you may have a hard time reconciling the fact that Japanese fashion and kid’s clothing can match perfectly. Most Japanese fashion styles originated from cultural, economic, and even historical factors and deviances. Surely, these are things parents should not incorporate in kid’s clothing. Japanese clothes can be loud, flamboyant, and revealing.

However, when it comes to Japanese kid’s clothing, these factors do not apply. The more unorthodox styles such as Japanese street styles, Ganguro, Lolita, and Visual Kei do not appear in Japanese kid’s clothing as is, although their characteristics influence some of the children’s clothes of Japan-for the better.

For instance, there’s Ganguro, the style wherein girls wear school uniform-like clothes. On teenagers, this may seem unusual and even inappropriate. This fashion statement may have stemmed as a take on the Westerner’s perception of Japanese girls through Japanese animation (where the characters are always in school uniform).

But for kid’s clothing, it can be cute and adorable. Imagine a straight navy blue dress with its hem touching the girl’s knee and with a sailor collar with a white stripe for emphasis. It’s simple kid’s clothing that can be used for several occasions-and it is authentically Japanese.

Another unique Japanese fashion style is the Lolita style, named after the controversial novel by Vladimir Nabokov. If you know your literature, you’d have an idea why this may not be the best idea for kid’s clothing. For Japanese kid’s clothing, however, it does the opposite effect. This style for children’s clothing still has a slight influence from the Victorian era. But by changing the patterns from dark and mature to mellow and colorful, it becomes an extremely appropriate kid’s clothing piece.

Japanese kid’s clothing is extremely unique. A usual attire for boy toddlers in Japan include a colorful scarf and colorful rubber shoes, a cap or a bonnet, jean shorts, and a shirt with an extremely creative design. These are simple descriptions-but once you see the actual ensemble, you’d know how it is different from anything you’d see from native fashion styles.

A common factor in Japanese kid’s clothing is its youthfulness and its creativity. The likes of young celebrities such as Suri Cruise, for instance, dress like adults with their penchant from designer brands. While this style isn’t wrong, it makes a child look like a miniature adult. Japanese kid’s clothing aspires for the opposite. It celebrates youth by using patterns, designs, and styles that complement the age of the wearer.

It should be noted that while a lot of the adult Japanese fashion styles are somewhat provocative, the Japanese culture in general actually cultivates timid, quiet, and shy people. These characteristics can actually be seen in the usual attire of the Japanese. The kid’s clothing of Japan that people see in the country is actually a combination of the bold and creative style of the youth and the conservative leanings of the adults. The result is a children’s apparel that is neither inappropriate nor boring.