woah multiple posts within a week ??????? yeah i hope 2 do this more often…. anyway i REALLY wanna see some japanese fashion subculture in yanderesim so !!!!! i always liked the thought of hanako being. a decora girl and getting her brother a little into it too !!!!!
By popular demand I’m making my personal list of LGBT-related musicians I like, which’ll be updated constantly. People who aren’t here I simply don’t know or know and just don’t stan. Like… no one here is white lol. Proxy the Japanese videos if you’re in the USA. Free to reblog!
[Gender-nonconforming is used to mean a non-binary gender experience thing here, not cis people. I just didn’t go putting Western gender words in people’s mouths so I went for this.]
Adams - Japanese rock, disbanded. Homosexuality was their central theme as a band. Shota has died on December 2015.
Banda Uó - Brazilian pop/tecnobrega, composed of trans woman Candy Mel and gay couple [? who knows if they’re still together] Davi Sabbag and Mateus Carrilho.
Disacode - Japanese visual kei rock, the singer Akira [also solo] is gender-nonconforming/doesn’t identify with the binary and is a real icon between Japanese wlw. The drummer Marcy is also gender-nonconforming, maybe trans? We don’t know a lot about them.
Debuting at TCAF 2017 - SO PRETTY / VERY ROTTEN by Jane Mai and An Nguyen
Published by Koyama Press
ISBN: 978-1-927668-43-6 $18.00 5 x 7”, 300 pages, b&w, trade paper May 2017
A short story and essay collection exploring the Japanese fashion subculture, Lolita, by two cartoonists who go beyond the clothes.
In a series of essays and comics that are at once academic and intimate, cartoonists Jane Mai and An Nguyen delve into Lolita subculture and their relationship with it. Empowering and beautiful, but also inescapably linked to consumerism, the Rococo-inspired fashion is indulgent and sublime, pretty and rotten.
AN NGUYEN is a cartoonist and illustrator based in Ottawa, ON best known for her romantic comic series Open Spaces and Closed Places. She has drawn comics for Spera: Ascension of the Starless, Electric Ant zine, and various Love Love Hill anthologies. In addition to So Pretty / Very Rotten, she and Jane Mai also released a zine titled Don’t Talk to Me or I’ll Set Myself on Fire.
JANE MAI is a freelance illustrator and comic artist from Brooklyn, NY. Her work has appeared in several anthologies and self-published zines. Koyama Press published her first book, Sunday in the Park with Boys, which was followed by the zine Sorry I Can’t Come in on Monday I’m Really Really Sick, and See You Next Tuesday.
NOVALA TAKEMOTO is a Japanese author, fashion designer and prominent promoter of the Lolita lifestyle. Soleinuit (Kokushokankai), his first collection of essays, was published in 1998. He debuted as a novelist in 2000 with Missin’ (Shogakukan). He achieved wide recognition when his 2002 novel Shimotsuma Monogatari (Shogakukan) was adapted into the movie, Kamikaze Girls, in 2004. His most recent work is Rakkusei (Cyzo, Inc.).
“Expertly mixing comics and essays, An Nguyen and Jane Mai take us on an excursion into the fascinating culture of Lolita fashion. These beautifully realized stories, which range from humorous to haunting, involve young people looking for context and place, searching for a balance between materialism and identity within their chosen social reality. Nguyen’s and Mai’s work blends together seamlessly, each approaching the theme with their own unique vision and aesthetic. So Pretty / Very Rotten reveals universal experiences within a distinct and subversive style of self-expression.” — Jesse Jacobs, author of Safari Honeymoon and By This Shall You Know Him
Welp, I tried to color character panels again. Seidou’s sis probably has the same eye color as he does, but with bleached/lightly colored hair. Also see her wearing really bright colors since she is really fashionable and seem to be the Gyaru/GAL type, assuming from her clothes and hair. Gyaru/Gal is a subculture in Japanese street fashion. (That’s sadly declining atm/// -cries-) I wish they had shown his sister in the anime for that one scene (chapter 123). Their little argument was hilarious.
Naruto is one of the most revolutionary anime to have ever been aired and manga to be written. It has impacted the lives of many across the globe. In fact, many parents petitioned against Naruto in America for infecting the youth with the “anime disease.” However, Britain is not ashamed of Naruto and has decided to do a live action version with the teletubbies starring in all the roles. Millennials will continue to be impacted by this series for the rest of their livelihood, even after it officially ending in 2015. Laa laa has been casted to star as Naruto and has thanked all the fans for approving her role in the series. She has made many appearances in the KPOP group EXO’s videos as well. Her career is beginning to launch in multiple directions with her landing acting jobs in KPOP and in the Japanese subculture, anime.
S&M Sniper is a legendary Japanese bdsm magazine which ran from 1979 to 2008 by Million Publishing and later in 1998 by Wailea publication. The publication was a vital voice in the Japanese subculture for thirty years, and aside from the obvious abnormal pleasure photographs it also showcased high-quality professional content and innovative works of art and literature from Araki Nobuyoshi, Murata Kenichi and Masami Akita (Merzbow) - plus amazing front-page illustrations by artist Yosuke Onishi. S&M Sniper was primarily a full-color operation with a special eye for intricate rope work with candles and playtime toys - all elegantly disposed with a twist of the bizarre. Revived in January 2016 as a quarterly magazine.
S&M Sniper was founded by the legendary publishing house ‘Million publishing’ (1976 - 1998). During it’s run it launched several high quality related books - one of them being SM Spirits which by many is considered to be S&M Sniper’s dirty little sister. Both issues frequented many of the same models, practitioners (Shima Shiko - ‘Shima Shiko torture’ films & ‘Pain Gate’), photographers, sessions, etc; however the aforementioned was executed with a more refined taste and catered to a more aesthetic oriented clientele.
Soft cover + DVD Japanese language Color / B&W Format: 15 x 21 cm Roughly 198 Pages Published by Wailea publication, March 2008.
Idk why, but I really feel like you'd like the Japanese Mori kei subculture/fashion. I know this is super random but I just felt like I should tell you
Eh….its cute but not really Me. I like all thr lace and softness, but I tend to prefer a slightly more princess-y feel. Less forest spirit more fairy pricness, ya know? I do tend to draw some inspiration from the style but I don’t think I’d go all out
That’s what this aesthetic is called? I’ve always called similar looks “Toxic Candyland.” Thank you for gracing my dash with the new words and the sweet looks!
Welcome to the wild and wonderful world of lolita substyles!
Quick crash course, in case this isn’t already part of your general knowledge: this outfit is part of the Japanese alternative fashion subculture called ‘lolita’, specifically the substyle called ‘bittersweet’. There are a lot of different substyles within lolita, though they all share the same basic fundamentals: the poofy skirts, supported by a certain shape of petticoat (as seen in the photoset; the shape of the petticoat is a Big Deal); a lot of frills, lace, and cute prints; and a focus on dressing ‘cute’ as opposed to ‘sexy’. Each of the substyles is marked by its own aesthetic, following the same basic style fundamentals. Some of the most popular include ‘sweet’, which is characterised by a lot of pastels, prints of cute characters, girly accessories, and bows; ‘gothic’, which is Exactly What It Says On The Tin; and ‘classic’, which is more Victorian-inspired. There are also increasingly more esoteric substyles and combinations of styles, including the aforementioned ‘bittersweet’, which is a combination of sweet and gothic; ‘theme’ substyles like nun lolita, nurse lolita, and maid lolita, which are exactly what they sound like; and guro, which is mostly white dresses combined with fake blood and injuries.
You might already know all this, or you might not; my blog and follower base have changed quite a lot over the years and I no longer know what is common knowledge in this corner of tumblr specifically and on the internet in general. I’m out of touch. One day it’ll happen to you.
Anyway! The point being, lolita has a metric fuckton of substyles and specialised terminology, and I really wish they were better known outside of the subculture. I’ve already talked about how I wish ‘OTT’ (’over the top’, which is exactly what it sounds like) would get used to talk about non-lolita fashion, because that’s what I want to be able to say to people when I try to describe my headcanon Taako’s fashion sense and have people instantly know what I’m talking about. Bittersweet is another great one, because there are so many cutesy-goth styles based on Halloween kitsch, though specific substyle names are really most useful to talk about those specific substyles.
If you’re in Osaka between now and Feb 20, 2017, make sure to stop by the TokyoFunks / PinkPixiePrincess popup shop at Excube Gallery. These Japanese designers create a unique mashup of old school West Coast skater culture (Mark Gonzales/Santa Cruz Skateboards) X Japanese pastel subcultures (Fairy Kei/Cult Party).
What's your opinion on Lolita and other Japanese fashions being called 'cultural appropriation,' when worn by people with no Japanese heritage?
I think a lot of people on Tumblr become familiar with the term “cultural appropriation” without actually knowing what it means and end up thinking it means that no one should wear/participate in/enjoy anything that comes from another culture. What cultural appropriation really is is stealing valuable cultural traditions from another culture and using them in a way that is disrespectful and without knowledge of their meaning. These things are then often used by the culture that stole them as sort of a racist shorthand for the culture they were stolen from in the first place, i.e. a white person wearing a warbonnet to dress as a racist caricature of a Native American person.
Pop culture and fashion trends however are not a sacred cultural practices. As long as you’re not wearing lolita in order to “dress like a Japanese person” or something its not an issue. Moreover, the people most heavily involved in the Japanese lolita subculture have made it clear that they WANT lolita to be worn by people outside of Japan! Brand stores have opened locations overseas and ship world wide, and The Japan Lolita Association (headed by Misako Aoki) has stated its mission statement is to “spread lolita fashion across the globe”.
So no, I do not believe non-Japanese people wearing lolita fashion is cultural appropriation.