The Craziest Japanese Fashion Trends 

Whitney S Moore
Updated November 5, 2019 15k votes 1.9k voters 426.9k views 20 items

Ah, Japan: birthplace of sushi, tentacle porn, and some of the strangest fashion trends you've laid your eyes on. A steady history of traditionalism juxtaposed with an incredibly new technologically-influenced society has led to some amazing movements in Japanese counter-culture. What are the most bizarre and weird fashion trends that have come out of Japan and Japanese culture?

It's not just punk rockers and anti establishment-ers who get to have all the fun. Mainstream Japanese trends have historically been just as flashy, strange, and inventive as some of the weirdest fringe fashion trends and styles in America and other countries. Generally characterized by bright colors, lots of makeup, and a sense of innocence, Japanese fashion is quite unique.

What are the weirdest Japanese fashion trends of all time? Take a look at this list be sure to upvote the fashion trends from Japan that you think are the most outrageous of them all.
Lolita is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Craziest Japanese Fashion Trends
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Possibly one of the better known Japanese trends, Lolita fashion is all about frills, ruffles, hoop skirts, and basically anything else to make you look like a child or a doll. Lolita also has several sub-styles, such as gothic Lolita or punk Lolita.
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Cosplay is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Craziest Japanese Fashion Trends
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Cosplay is a performance art in which participants dress up like their favorite character and imitate their actions, clothing, and accessories. Although cosplay has spread to mainstream American culture, it has its roots in Japan, deriving from the Japanese word, "kosupure." Cosplay is popular at conventions, fan gatherings, and sometimes as a street style.
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Kigurumin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Craziest Japanese Fashion Trends
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Kigurumin is a popular Japanese street-style fashion that involves wearing cartoon animal costumes. The name comes from the Japanese verb "kiru" (to wear) and the noun "nuigurumi" (stuffed toy).
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Mori Kei
Mori Kei is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Craziest Japanese Fashion Trends
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Wearers of mori kei fashion often look as though they have just popped out of a mythical forest.
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