It’s been awhile since I’ve posted another bizarre Japanese subculture. This one is strange, no doubt. And this isn’t a joke…we saw many a Lolita strolling the streets of Japan while we were there.
Japanese Subculture #3 - Lolita
Lolita’s are very different from their gyaruo friends, whom I posted about previously and who cake on the makeup and bare as much skin as legally possible. Lolita’s, on the other hand, are a bit more modest in their approach.
These girls wear petticoats, bonnets, high-collared dresses, and carry fluffy parasols. There are all kinds of lolita’s, each with their own variation on the theme.
And these aren’t just outfits they wear to special clubs or garden parties. You can see grown women in these full Victorian doll costumes on trains, in book stores and wolfing down cheeseburgers at McDonald’s.
Why, you may ask? It has something to do with the rejection of male-created beauty standards and sexualized dress. Yes. In Japan, to express their rejection of oppressive cultural stereotypes and proclaim their independence, women dress like creepy school girls from 200 years ago. That sounds about right.