Where workshop jumpers are always the latest fashion.
When I first say Bosozoku, I was curious as to what these people wear. So I did a little probing around the internet – key in some words and what not. And landed in wikipedia. :P
So wikipedia said that:
The stereotypical bōsōzoku look is often portrayed, and even caricatured, in many forms of Japanese media such as anime, manga and films. The typical bōsōzoku member is often depicted in a uniform consisting of a jumpsuit like those worn by manual laborers or a tokko-fuku (特攻服), a type of military issued overcoat with kanji slogans usually worn open with no shirt underneath showing off their bandaged torsos and baggy matching pants tucked inside tall boots. Tokko-Fuku in Japanese means “Special Attack Uniform”, which is the uniform of the Kamikaze pilots, which in Japanese were called the “Special Attack Battalion” (特攻隊). The uniforms will most likely be adorned with militaristic slogans, patriotic rising sun patches, ancient Chinese characters, or even manji (swastikas). They will also often wrap a tasuki, which is a sash tied in X around the torso, a look inspired by Japanese World War II fighter pilots. Leather jackets, often embroidered with club/gang logos, and even full leather suits are also seen as common elements of the bōsōzoku look. Among other items in the bōsōzoku attire are usually round or wrap-around sunglasses, long hachimaki headbands also with battle slogans and a pompadour hairstyle most likely akin to the greaser/rocker look or perhaps because of the hairstyle’s association with yakuza thugs. The punch perm is considered a common bōsōzoku hairstyle as well. Surgical masks are also stereotypically worn by bōsōzokus perhaps to conceal their identities although these type of masks are also worn by allergy sufferers in Japan, especially during autumn. Females are also shown dressed in a similar style but dress in a more feminine manner with long and often dyed hair, high-heeled boots and excessive make-up.
Bōsōzoku are known to modify their bikes in peculiar and often showy ways. A typical customized bosozoku bike usually consists of an average Japanese road bike that appears to combine elements of an American chopper style bike and a British café racer, for example: oversized visored fenders like those found on café racers, “sissy” bars and raised handle bars like those on a chopper. Loud paint jobs on the fenders or the gas tanks with motifs such as flames or kamikaze style “rising sun” designs are also quite common. The bikes will often be adorned with stickers and/or flags depicting the gang’s symbol or logo. There is also marked regional differences in motorcycle modifications. For example, Ibaraki bōsōzoku are known to modify their motorcycles in an extensively colorful, flashy way. They will often have three or four oversized visored fenders in a tower like way in a motorcycle painted in bright yellow or pink with Christmas light–like adornments.
And this is what they usually wear:
I can definitely see the appeal in those jumpsuits – they might be comfortable, in the very least.
You can catch some of them here:
In Malaysia, these guys are called Mat Rempits. They were once a road nuisance but have since been upgraded to potential youths by their government. Do not ask me why.
This for those of you who are into Cosplay. I found a particularly interesting video for you. Some of the costumes are quite awesome and rad. Check it out. Has anyone here participated in any cosplay before be it for an official cosplay function or mere fun around town?
Here you have it, you don’t need to just be scary, you can be scary sexy on Halloween. Gizmodo’s guide to the Top 10 Sexiest Halloween costumes. French maids aka gothic lolita styles are one of them. :P
Frankly, i like the gold digger costume very much even though it’s crosses the politically correct line for women :P
The Tokyo International Anime Fair is not just about the Animes but also the Cosplay dress up during the fair by throngs of fans. I’m talking girls dressing up as anime characters, huge costumes and what not. This is part of the Japanese culture, you see a less extreme version of it everyday in their hairstyles, dresses and overall make up.
Like this girl here…she has a halo above her head. Cute.
Looks like the bug has caught on in Canadian waters. The maids are hard at work serving their masters in Canada’s first cosplay restaurant, iMaid. All the waitresses there are not called waitress but maids and are dress in french maid costumes. The interior of the cafe is black and white but that’s not why it’s hip, it’s obviously the girls that’s bringing in the customers :)
At the iMaid Café in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, the waitresses dress as French maids and address the clientele as “Shang-di” which translates as “highest lord.”
Owner Aaron Wang, 24, who opened the iMaid Cafe last summer, got the idea for the theme after seeing a piece about a maid cosplay restaurant on the television news in China. The restaurant’s “maids” are selected for their looks before they qualify to serve. Among the qualities they should posses, albeit physical, are big eyes, straight hair, young and generally a cute face like an anime character. Hmm… you won’t be seeing any caucasians serving you in there.
I’m going to try and focus on the fashion magazines and books that are common in Japan for the next few posts. This information may not be complete and accurate, because my Japanese is poor and a lot of the information I’m finiding is quite old. If there’s anything that I’ve said incorrectly or something that you want to add, please feel free to add to it in the comments.
While I was still in Japan, my housemate purchased the highly appropriately named Gothic & Lolita Bible. This thing was a tome. It was huge. And fairly hugely priced at a bit under 2000 yen. The Bible has many articles, interviews with Visual-kei artists that goth-lolis so often idolise, catalogues, photos, manga and even outfit designs for budding cosplayers and gothloli heads. In theory, it’s published quarterly but don’t bet on that. It seems to be pretty erratic.
The Bible is a huge success in Japan (and around the world as Gothic Lolita and EGL became popular outside of Japan) and has spawned some spin-off magazines. The Gothic & Lolita Extra Volume seems to be just a collection of things that couldn’t fit into previous volumes. It looks like there is only one of these, but more may appear in the future. The Gothic & Lolita Hair Make Bible focusses obviously on the hair and make-up techniques and trends followed by gothlolis and finally the Gothic Lolita & Punk Brand Book is basically just a catalogue of fashions available. It has photos of all the typical fashions you can find for sale along Takeshita-dori and Harajuku.
I’ve seen it available for sale in quite a few places, but you probably won’t find it at your local 7-Eleven store. Akihabara has stockists given that a few of the maids in the maid cafes also follow Goth Loli fashions. Our sponsors at JList will sell you subscriptions, no matter where in the world you live.
A few Sundays ago I spent the day in Harajuku. It was a great day, the weather was great and there were plenty of people around. As usual, the kids on Omotesando were dressed in their finest, although there were fewer than usual because the right side of the bridge (facing Meiji Shrine) seems to be getting re-paved, so it was all fenced off.
Netherless, I got plenty of photos – here are some of them. You can click on them to see the rest at my Flickr account.
This gaijin punk received a lot of attention from the usual locals.
It’s Decorer Stitch! Rawr!
A GothLoli Dress for sale at Body Line in Takeshita Street.
My favourite photo from the day. I don’t know why.
I made a trip to Harajuku on Saturday to show some tourist friends around, hoping we’d catch some of the kids in crazy fashions that you’d normally see in droves on Sundays. While they weren’t there in high numbers, they were still quite a few. Mind you, even without them, there’s still plenty to see in Harajuku.