Subcultures

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Subcultures
Examples from Japan
Gothic Lolita
• Gothic Lolita or "GothLoli" is a youth fashion among
Japanese teenagers and young women. It emphasizes
Victorian-style girl's clothing and often aims to imitate
the look of Victorian porcelain dolls.
• Gothloli's name and origin is a combination of lolita
fashion—appearing deliberately cute to the point of
looking childish—and certain styles found within gothic
fashion.
• The style started as a youth subculture sometime
around 1997-98 and became a well-established genre
available in various boutiques and some major
department stores by around 2001.
Gothic Lolita
Gothic Lolita
Gothic Lolita
• In Japan it is mass-marketed and has wide
visibility particularly in the streets of Tokyo
and Osaka, on television, and computer
games.
• GothLoli is often worn by teens, most
followers of the style do not consider it overtly
sexual. Adherents present themselves as
Victorian children or baby dolls and prefer to
look "cute" rather than "sexy".
Gothic Lolita
Gothic Lolita
Bosozoku
• The word bōsōzoku is also applied to motorcycle gangs, who share an
interest in modifications (often illegal) for motorcycles, such as removing
the mufflers so that more noise is produced. These bōsōzoku groups also
engage in dangerous or reckless driving, such as weaving in traffic, not
wearing motorcycle helmets, and running red lights. Another activity is
shinai bōsō speeding in city streets, not usually for street racing but more
for thrills.
• The typical bōsōzoku member is often depicted in a uniform consisting of
a jumpsuit like those worn by manual laborers or 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.
Bosozoku
Bosozoku
Bosozoku
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