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Harajuku Girls INFO

Harajuku Girls INFO



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Harajuku Girls
 Harajuku girl, used to identify girls who gather in Harajuku district, Tokyo, Japan. Theircostumes is in several different styles of clothing that originated in the culture of  Japan's major cities. The term is not only monopolized by those who gather in the district themselves, buthas become a relatively popular expression in the United States. Popular useoriginated from the American singer Gwen Stefani's 2004 Love.Angel.Music.Babyalbum, which brought attention to Stefani's entourage of four supposed "HarajukuGirls" who were hired to portray the look, three of whom are Japanese and one of whom is Japanese American. These "Harajuku Girls" are not in fact the fashionaficionados or the home sewing hobbyists from whence they derive their name.Harajuku is a popular iconic placed in theworld of entertainment, inside and outsideof Japan. It was said that the girls of Harajuku are “beauty stars of Japan”. TheAmerican singer Gwen Stefani putsHarajuku reference in several of her songsand incorporated four female dancers,appointed under the name of “love,”“angel,” “music,” and “baby,” dressed likegirls with Americanised Harajuku, as herbackground act.A song is devoted to them on the albumwhich she called after them, entitled of the“Harajuku Girls” and the word “??”(Harajuku) is depicted on the surface of stage during her music video for the
Hollaback Girl. In her songs, Stefani mispronounces the word Harajuku. Instead of the Japanese pronunciation, Stefani spells “hair-ajuku,” although the Japaneseloudspeakers on its album pronounce the word correctly. Her use--which critics callher appropriation--of Harajuku girls and Harajuku fashion was criticized by a certainnumber of Asian-Americans, in particular Margaret Cho, to perpetuate stereotypes of the flexible Asian women.According to the Jan/Feb 2006 edition of Blender magazine, American comedianMargaret Cho has labeled Stefani's Harajuku Girls a "minstrel show" that reinforcesethnic stereotypes of Asian women. [1]. The Harajuku Girls have continued to appearalongside Stefani in the media, and are featured in the music video for "Wind It Up"(2006). If you search the term Harajuku girls in internet, most probably you will findGwen Stefani name also as the search results.Gwen Stefani, singer principal of the pop band No Doubt, has lead Madonna-esquefashion revolt in both her recent video clip for her single What You Awaiting For andher solo album Love, Angel, Music, Baby. Its involving in 80’s inspired popish tunes,platinum blonde hair and Like A Virgin kit outside the art cover of album reinforce herhomage to the material girl, though it can be slightly language in the cheek. In 2006,Stefani launched a second clothing line, called the “Harajuku lovers,” she said it isinspired by the zone of Harajuku in Japan. But its her references to the girls of  Japanese Harajuku peppered in all the album and on a way in particular which drewthe interest from a various range of te commentators. However who are theseHarajuku Girls? The Harajuku District of Tokyo and in particular street of Takeshita, a narrow streetfurnished with the stores is the brilliant house for these fashionistas. Since the end of the Second World War, the “consumerism” and “consumption” are becoming nationalpast-time for most Japanese and in particular to teenager girls who often live at thehouse with their parents well until their twenties. Their free existence of rent providesthem enough funds to gather at Harajuku each weekend, where they transformthemselves into baby doll of Lolita-esque caricatures. Of course it is an extreme-
pretty combination of dressing, but however you will find kind of oase of Japanesedress besides their ordinary-working-day dress which is everything is very orderedand conservative.Various fashion styles is available among the girls who spend time in Harajuku,including Gothic Lolita, Gothic Maid, Wamono, Decora, Second-Hand Fashion, andcyber fashion. The Japanese street fashion magazine, FRUiTS, features many of thevaried clothing styles that are popular in the Harajuku district. They wear fake bloodand bandages, and dark outfits often combined with traditional Japanese clothing(kimonos, fans) and modern Japanese symbols (hello kitties, cell phones, photostickers). What drives these girls to dress in such outrageous outfits in a weeklyceremony that lasts only a few hours? Is there a really great boredom in Japanesesociety so this is one of their way to release all of those boredom?Some of the answers are more immediately visible. For example, we know some of them are imitating rock bands such as Japan X. However, as with all cultural symbols,there are likely to be deeper reasons beyond fashion. The weekly play allows them totemporarily escape, within a group, all of the rules of Japanese society. It gives themindividuality not as easily expressible while in their weekday school uniforms, it givesthem a voice to express, often in very sexual ways (with ripped stockings, garters,and mini-skirts, etc.), the oppression of the female gender in the largely maledominated Japanese society.It is whole kind of a pop-art meets pop-culture meets decadence kinda street whereWestern often a t-shirt with a western image like Mickey Mouse can go for severalhundreds of dollars a noise. This constant continuation of rock n roll pop star hip nessis prolonged with the boys of teenager too. They turn to choose western inspired hip-hop culture of disheveled jeans hanging halfway to their knees, of the hats to all theangles on their heads and surely many, many, many of blings.So often, the net result resembles something out of a comic book of Manga while thefashionistas of Harajuku compete to look less human and more iconic. Not pay

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