THE BEGINNINGS OF KAWAII
No, no, you have no idea. It actually IS the beginning of the whole so-called “kawaii culture”. And it started because girls started using mechanical pencils, which provided fine handwriting. After being banished (more precisely, during the 80s), this kind of writing started being used in products like magazines and make-up. And, during this time, icons we usually associate with the whole kawaii industry (like the characters from Sanrio) came to life too.
And what many people don’t realize is that this subculture was born as a way for young girls to express themselves in their own way. And it was also used as something against the adult life and the traditional culture, often seen as dull and boring and oppressive. By embracing cuteness, these young girls (and adult women, after a while) were showing non-conformation with the current standards.
So yep. Kawaii is important, and it all started with cute, simple handwritting a few hearts and cat faces in some girls’ school notebooks <3
NO OK THIS IS SO IMPORTANT!
This is also how the kawaii fashions started! Girls began dressing in cute and off beat styles for themsleves, they were criticized by adult figures telling them “you’ll never find a husband if you dress that way!” to which they began to reply “Good!”
All the japanese subcultures and fashions that evolved out of this became a rebellion to tradition and the starch gender roles and expectations the adults were forcing on the younger generations. As early as the 70s and still to this day you’ll see an emphasis on child-like fashion and themes in more kawaii styles and the dismissal of the male gaze with styles like lolita (a lot of western people assume lolita is somehow sexual due to the name of the fashion, but ask any japanese lolita and they will tell you that men hate the style and find it unattractive which is sometimes a large reason they gravitate towards the style - they can express their femininity and individuality while remaining independent and without the pressure to appeal to men)
Its so so so important to understand the hyper cute and ‘odd’ fashions of Japanese girls carry such a huge message of feminism and reclaiming of their own lives.
so are you telling me that Japan’s punk phase was really the kawaii phase
a black supermodel can go missing and there is no coverage on it whatsoever but you’ll be sure to hear about the white child who shoved a berry up her nose on the 6 o’clock news
ohhh man i just realized something
remember when kanaya read rose’s gamefaq and thought she was also a troll? when kanaya imagined rose, she looked like this:
rose’s horns fit the bill for perfect attractiveness. size, girth, no kinks, and they curve upward and slightly inward. kanaya imagined rose as absolutely gorgeous. <3
the facts of the matter are that rose is hotter than anyone ever, always, the end
i love how no one messes with avatar the last airbender. there are people who are like, wow you watch doctor who? fucking nerd. you watch anime? gosh you’re such a weirdo. you watch avatar the last airbender? oh man you know that’s pretty cool so um what kind of bender would you be omg isn’t toph badass and don’t get me started on appa
me: stop being racist please
family: listen… liberal hippie trash ….u dont know anything abotu the world….
straight people be like “you are either heter o sexual or homo sex u al there is no bi sexual ity? none. what is pansexual? you like PANS? no. asexual? tree.”
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Do you ever forget that you can’t speak japanese so you try to multitask while watching subbed anime and realize fuck i have no idea what just happened
doctors: why are all your bones broken
me: totally gnarly kick flip
doctors: fucking savage bro