On this episode of Style Out There, our host, Connie Wang, takes us to Tokyo to meet the individuals pioneering the Harajuku subculture of Kawaii, more specifically Yami Kawaii. This style of fashion accentuates cuteness while incorporating symbols that represent death. Watch this episode of Style Out There to delve deeper into this morbid trend in Tokyo!
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The video talks like this is something dark and terrible, like im suppose to be frightened by it. It would probably scare me if i was a 60 year old white lady, but im neither. This stuff is tame compared to the Goth scene, and even more tame compared to the Black Metal scene in EU/NA. It would've been better if you just show us the fashion and how it compares to other fashion trends like Ganguro. But instead it comes off sounding like a DARE ad warning parents, "Is your child wearing pastels with a frown? Call this number immediately, your child may be at risk!" The other part of the video is that it doesn't understand the Japanese attraction to English words. Like a white guy with a Kanji tattoo, the same occurs in Japan where its common to see outrageous slogans and words used shirts and clothing. "Sex Suicide Baby" sounds horrible to an English speaker, but to a Japanese native it sounds exciting and edgy because they dont fully understand it. Regardless, thanks for going out there and filming, but this is definitely a farcry from the Norwegian Black Metal scene.
Someone else commented about that same thing. The Japanese really have no idea about alot of western symbols. To a Japanese it just looks cool. Theres a video on here where a Swastika is shown to Japanese citizens and 90% of them have no clue, like 1 out of 10 knows what it means, and the kids just think its a cool symbol.
super insightful, i haven't seen any of these around when i was in Harajuku
Tokyo is seriously one of the best places in the world and there is a subculture for everything!
hope fashion could open more doors to talk about important topics like suicide!
thanks for sharing this with us really enjoyed watching this.
P.s. i have just been to japan, if ever you are interested in watching my videos :)
oh..um...yes i understand why they wanna commit suicide coz ive worked as a salary man in japan. all the hardships was making me feel dark..but i never attempted to do suicide, but i did thought of it..japan is a stressful country. i love the culture but its gonna take more patience and a strong will to live there. this society isnt just about animes and rainbows. i hope those people who wanna live there understands it first.
Yo these people are really disturbed , ive been into japanese culture for a number of years now although mainly just cars, culture/tradition/etiquette and food i always knew there was a dark side but never like this. This is just ridiculous , the government needs to help sort this shit out
This is such escapist bull shit... This generation, these kids need to have a whole can of whoop ass opened for them.. Just ban all this DC And Marvel bullshit and shut down hollywood in the west. Pull the plug on Kpop and Japanese Manga anime culture in the east. These societies need a reboot. Revive German Nazism and pre WW2 Nationalism. Then watch shit get real for these clowns.
Loved looking into this style, and I think it was interesting to see the girl interviewing everyone sort of was condescending at the beginning but then grew to a better understanding and respect for the style!
Mhmmmm so reality is ugly yeah but what if.......you can make it beautiful?
And yes you can make it beautiful so let me tell you my story
So i was a cheerful happy positive kid then a lot of things happened the ones that i called my "firends" were actually monsters i guess? They stabbed me behind my back
So i became depressed and my family didnt understand me i was lonely
And time passed by theeen we moved out and i meet my childhood friend she lived there too
my dad and his dad were childhood friends too. And when i started to a new school the teachers moved me to 4th grade but i was supposed to be in 2th grade but the teachers said i was too smart. anddd as the time passed by i became moreeee depressed i wanted to die at that moment and you may wonder why did i became more depressed its beacuse i was lonely and everyone judged me bc i was too cold to people. and no one liked me i didnt know why tho i was so shy too. So i cried everyday but i got closer to my childhood friend and i learned new things she taught me how to stand up for myself and and other things. So we became best friends of course. i loved her so much we laughed together we cried together we did everything together. and i became more positive and happy she helped me. but..... she moved out to another country i cried so much and i missed her so much. in school breaks i would go and sit somwehere and read bookes i was lonely but of course i gived her my number before she mobed out. sooo i became more smarter and more realistic bc i readed books all day and all i did was search things study and lesrn new things from internet. no one understanded me so i didnt have any friends and i still dont have tho but im ok with that cuz i dont like them anyway theyre so fake @[email protected]
İ became so........crazy and genius at the same time (•Π•)
And i learned different languages like
So now here i am you may think that im a emo bc of my profile pic but nope your wrong
İm just a realitic person. im 13 but i think like a adult and im smarter than a normal adult im saying this bc SOME PEOPLE WHO ARE OLDER THAN ME TREATS ME LİKE İM A BABY AND THEY THİNK İM İNOOCENT BUT NOPE İNTERNET AND WORLD RUİNED MY MİND keep your children away from internet pls @[email protected]
And i found porn videos on google when i was 10
WARNİNG:PLEASE KEEP YOUR CHİLDREN AWAY FROM İNTERNET PLEASE
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I personally have tried to commit suicide so many times I can’t remember my last attempt was cutting a vein I thought was an artery around 1 1/2 months ago and obviously failed but hearing all the people in this video that something I love like fashion and makeup can be an emotional release rather than pain and death makes be hopeful for the future for the first time in 12 years (btw I’m 16) is an almost euphoric feeling so just thank you and to anyone considering suicide it’s nothing to be ashamed of and should be released rather than bottled up so find a friend, consulter or family member you trust and let it out or write story’s or poems or draw do makeup even
(15+) masturbate or have sex to let it out
Do anything harmless you can for yourself to make yourself happy even if you keep failing keep trying never give up it might take days weeks months years even decades but eventually you WILL succeed ❤️🌸🦄🏳️🌈
I'm actually 16 too, I've been negative or maybe depressed all the way back maybe when I was 10 or so, but I always have the urge of seeing more in the future no matter the suffering I will experience in the future. Anime and some YouTubers or twitch streamers have always inspired me in doing something. Like when I started posting stuff in my channel. I always smile when people comment and tell me to keep it up or about the video which always make me smile. Also glad you're ok now! Good luck!
At first I was deeply uncomfortable with the depictions of self harm and suicide being used as fashion statements but as the video progressed I realized I was looking at it from my western viewpoint, where things like fashion and cartoons are frivolous. What has always drawn me to Japan is their usage and appreciation for these artforms. Fashion gives a distinct message of your group, your belonging, in a way that is deeper than Western society. We are taught to not judge people's personalities based on their clothes rather than being taught to properly display our personalities through our clothes. They use cartoons in _everything_ from most food labels to street safety signs. So when they show these things openly in their fashions, in their cartoons, it hits home in a way that doesn't translate easily. They aren't frivolizing these dark issues, they're normalizing the representation of them through these common, easily read artforms. It's amazing and deeply inspiring.
as someone who deals with depression and mental illnesses, this mini-doc was very eye opening. i use kawaii fashion as a coping mechanism as well, and i hope this style will spread awareness about depression and suicide in japan, and also worldwide.
While I do see the point a lot of comments are making that this may or may not lead certain fans to idolizing mental illness and doing some kinda edgy shit for the sake of "pleasing" their idols... I think we're seriously underestimating how much good this kind of coping mechanism can do. People are gonna do dumb shit regardless, but can we really call stuff like this bad when the dudes fan here literally said he helped save her life? Why take something therapeutic away from tons of people for the benefit of an idiot few who wanna ruin it for everyone else? Even those who aren't using it to cope. Some may just like the creepy/cute aesthetic, and I don't think there's anything wrong with that. Tbh, this whole fashion movement seems like candy gore but as clothing which is hella fucking cool. This sorta style appeals 100% to the creepy/cute this is candy gore as an art style. And yes, I know some people are against candy gore too for whatever stupid reason. But I mean c'mon now.
In a world where "cut for Zayne" was a legit social media movement, we need to understand that nothing will stop those kinds of people from existing. We can't take away an entire art form, an entire movement, an entire fashion sense or coping mechanism cause we're afraid some stupid kid is going to think depression is cool. Stupid kids have, and will continue to see mental illness as something cool and edgy. The only thing getting rid of (an admittedly pretty neat) art style would accomplish is oppressing what should be freedom of expression, and taking away a genuine source of happiness for many people who actually find solace in this sort of mockery of their own mental health. Taking this away would be like taking self deprecating humor away because it "makes light of mental health." But we all know that would be BS, right? Cause self deprecation has been very much proven an effective coping mechanism.
I find this quite interesting as it's a type of outcry in a way. Yes, it's fashion and everyone's different so someone could just like it for the style, but the antisocial comments on the back of the tops and the depression themes make people uncomftable, which creates change and questioning.
The pretty strict society of Japan where mental health is still taboo needs its polar opposite; cut wrists on tops and bandages being fashionable. Really important statement to society.
Also as many people dealing with mental health find, bringing light to their issues can be very important. Song writers expressing dark emotions can connect and heal. Young people with depression can bring focus on these hush hush topics.
Sure, mental health gets romanticised but this fashion made someone confused, curious and uncomftable enough to make a documentary! This is one creative way of spreading a true and very real message.
i undestood that meanng of this fashion when see haruka-san's active,
this is one of the way for escape from some organ(school or society kind) within fashion kind&peace way,
so we should be recognize this way' because it's better than lost one person's life, WE WORLD Made from LOVE&PEACE
It breaks my heart to watch this. As someone who suffered depression and is on the mends, it is hard everyday cause even the littlest things can send me right back to that deep hole of sadness. But God saved me from my past and will continue to save me every day! I hope everyone who is still suffering can find their inner peace and salvation! 💕
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