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The Craziest Japanese Fashion Trends

Updated November 5, 2019 15.2k votes 2.2k voters 432.2k views20 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.
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    Visual Kei

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    If David Bowie and Marilyn Manson had a lovechild, it would be a gender-bending, pounds of makeup wearing, androgynous punk rocker in the vein of Visual Kei. The flamboyant style has been co-opted by many genres of music, from heavy metal to synth pop.
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    Dekotora

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    While not exactly a trend meant to be worn on your body, the phenomenon of Dekotora is so crazy it deserves a place on the list. These tricked out trucks are an extravagant hobby that usually features neon lights, chrome, and loud colors.
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    Otaku

    "Otaku" is the Japanese word equivalent to "geek" or "nerd." An otaku is someone that is obsessed with a particular fandom - for example, an anime otaku, or a manga otaku. 
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    Cosplay

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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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