Friday, November 13, 2009

Got my Gyaru On

THREE APPLES // hello kitty gyaru night
Photo by HI HI CARO!


Went to ZIPPERCUT's Japanology Hello Kitty/Gyaru chapter briefly last Wednesday night! Felt a little strange in my attempt to emulate the gyaru style-- good enough for the first (last??) attempt, I suppose? Unfortunately, I didn't get to stay long and take as many photos that night.

The event was already well on its way by the time I got there. The hair stylists and make-up aritsts were busy making girls look pretty. I sat in at the beginning of the gyaru lecture by the guest speaker. I wished my headache/ill feelings didn't overcome me so I could have sat through the whole slideshow lecture... this is one of those Japanese subcultures that has always interested me, but I've never taken the time to delve into its full history. It's a strange dynamic of Japanese women attempting to take back some 'power' in a society where women were expected to be subservient. In a way, they are taking what was expected of them and turning it against the social standards! I've always found Japan's extreme rebellions quite interesting... but somehow, it all goes back to a large, fashion movement.

THREE APPLES // hello kitty gyaru night THREE APPLES // hello kitty gyaru night

Small collection of photos HERE!

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Japanology : BOSOZOKU

I never got around to posting about this event--- better late than never, I guess! Royal-T Cafe, Bubblepunch and Zippercut host a monthly(ish) event called 'Japanology'. Each month, they pick a topic of focus about one of Japan's many, and most of the time deviant, subcultures. In September, I attended a movie screening and lecture about Bosozoku, aka biker gangs in Japan!

There was a small photo booth set up with a vintage motorcycle as prop for the models. It was fun hanging out and pretending to be a 'yanki' for the night.

I admit, I use to daydream about joining a Japanese girl biker gang! This was as close as I could get, I guess...


JAPANOLOGY : Bosozoku
Me in the center of a truly formidable gang of badass ladies.

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I don't know if you can tell, but we had fun. CLICK HERE to see the rest of the photos!

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