Typical gyarus in Shibuya.
An interesting article in the Japan Times writes about what happens to kogyaru (or sometimes kogal) after the party ends– basically when they become mothers. Not surprisingly, the picture isn’t pretty.
If you’re wondering what a kogyaru is, see this Wikipedia article exhaustively discussing this interesting Japanese subculture. You can also check out all the different varieties of gyaru or “gal” culture at this wiki.
Back to the article: The Japan Times article is sad and dark. Many of these kogyaru were physically abused as children or simply neglected, and so they repeat this vicious cycle by doing the same to their own children. One woman in the article beats her children because she thought that what parents are supposed to do.
Another paints the nails of her first-grade daughter and lets her nails grow so long that she can’t hold a pencil. When the schoolteachers complain that she can’t write and do schoolwork, the mother says that writing with a pencil isn’t important because people type on computers and cellphones now, and she said it was more important to develop the child’s fashion sense early on. The Japan Times writer called the opinion “pre-feminist” but I’m not so sure what to call this other than ignorant.
Just like an expensive Versace purse, kogyarus treat their children like fashion accessories, as they do their dogs for that matter(topic for another time), and enjoy dressing them up and parading them around publicly, whether or not this is good for the child or if people approve. They don’t seem to understand that there are serious responsibilities attached to having a child. One mother watched porn she had starred in with her 5 year old son. The article’s amazingly shocking.
I don’t know how much of the article’s true. It’s a translation from one of the weekly papers in Japan, which are often filled with scintilating scandals that sound almost too juicy to be true, and may be fabricated to grab readers’ attention and sells papers, but on the other hand, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if it all was true. Sad.
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