Japanese Youth Culture: Why Are Tokyo Teens Dressing Like Gothic Lolitas, French Maids And Hello Kitty?

Japan is the land of cuteness. Japanese Youth Culture,and Modern Japanese Culture are obsessed with cute things (‘Kawaii’ in Japanese).
Even Japanese airlines like Nippon Airways have Pokémon and Pikachu painted on their Airplanes.



Tokyo television and police all have their own cute lucky charm characters as Logos too.
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On Japanese Youth Culture And Cuteness

In Tokyo, even grown up women carry Hello Kitty Accessories.Cuteness is everywhere. From Stuffed furry animals, to glittery colors of computers and vacuum-cleaners. Everything ‘kawaii’ (cute) goes.This has to do with the role of women in Japan. Japanese women are brought up to look and act cute. Their clothes, personal appearance and behavior are very feminine and childlike.

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Tokyo Culture: Harajuku Cosplay

It’s probably one of the most unique things to do in Tokyo:Followers of Japanese comics and animation- Manga and Anime – decided they enjoy dressing up as their favorite characters.You may have heard of it in one of its different names – Cosplay, Japanese teenage culture and Harajuku fashion. It was created in Tokyo, and evolved into an international trend. Cosplay comes from the words costume + play. Some say it’s the attempt of Japanese youth to turn their back to traditional customs and strict social standards.

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It happens every Sunday in the wonderful district of Harajuku, on Jingu Bridge (a pedestrian bridge that connects Meiji Jingu shrine to Harajuku and Omotesando. Harajuku girls and boys are just hanging out with friends, hoping their picture will be taken by one of the many magazine photographers in the crowd.

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Celebrities And Modern Japanese Culture

International Fashion designers look to Japanese Cosplay and Harajuku girls style for fresh inspiration. The Japanese pop culture street fashion is creating a Tokyo style that is an inspiration for Designers and celebrities. Gwen Stefani was inspired to create a perfume called “Harajuku”, and Jay-Z and Kanye West designed a line of clothes inspired by the Japanese Cosplay.

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Japanese Youth Culture And The Culture of Japan

Modern Japanese Culture is in conflict with the mainstream in the Japan’s culture. It’s all about rebellious individual self-expression, which is very unusual since in Japan individuality is viewed negatively.

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