Thursday, 16 August 2007

Kawaii, and cute poo!

I just love Japan’s concept of cuteness, or kawaii (pronouned kah-wa-yeeh). I will let Wikipedia do the explaining as I’m sure it will be better than my definition:

"Since the 1970s, cutesness has become a prominent aspect of Japanese popular culture, entertainment, clothing, food, toys, personal appearance, behavior, and mannerisms. Foreign observers often find this cuteness intriguing and sometimes strange because the Japanese employ it in a vast array of situations and demographics where, in other cultures, it would be considered incongruously juvenile or frivolous (for example, in government publications, public service warnings, office environments, military advertisements, and commercial airliners, among many others)."
Everything in Japan is kawaii! From little Hello Kitty merchandise to public posters telling you to pick up after your dog!

(Pick up after your dog-sign)

Another kawaii thing I like is the poo character, the japanese can even make poo cute!! If that doesn’t impress you, im not sure what would! This concept goes well beyond merchandise and characters, a large poulation of girls and women in Japan try to be kawaii in all aspects of life. From the girly-ish clothese they wear, to the way they talk or even walk! To an outsider such women/girls might seem immature and naïve but to most Japanese people it is accepted and even admired! A lot of Japanese men like kawaii women who act like little girls and dress like little girls, whereas an English man for example would think they are totally immature!

This entry could be 100 ages long but I’ll spare you ^^ If your interested in the concept of kawaii you can go to the Wikipedia page under kawaii and begin your search there!

For now, I’ll leave you with my latest kawaii addition to my wardrobe. Here you are:

(Red skirt with white hearts & dotty green sneakers- Kawaii ne?!)

2 comments:

Washy said...

WOW the green shoes, it is soooo cute ^_^
and the first sign for the dog, its rly cute too ..


PS: you sould take a picture of ur WARDROBE(men bara3) so they can see ur studying ..

Ima-chan said...

thnx 4 the comment ^^ i'll take a pic of my wardrobe when i have enough on it.. not yet