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The Craziest Japanese Fashion Trends

Updated November 5, 2019 15.2k votes 2.2k voters 432k 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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    Lolita

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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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    Kigurumin

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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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    Shironuri

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    Shironuri, literally translated as "painted white," is a style that revolves around ghostly flowing fabrics and, of course, paled out makeup. Spooky!
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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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