The Dark Side Of Harajuku Style You Haven’t Seen Yet | Style Out There | Refinery29

On this episode of Style Out There, our host, Connie Wang, takes us to Tokyo to meet the individuals pioneering the Harajuku subculture of Kawaii, more …


  1. it's not really just the dark side of harajuku style, it's also the reality japanese people live in. It's so sad knowing that the people suffering mental health issues are not taken seriously by the society, i hope this changes in the future

  2. I hate the tone that this documentary's taking with this. "I just don't understand it! So: I'm gonna find out more." Yes that's all well and great, but you don't have to be condescending about it.
    "Japan has the highest suicide rate in the world" and yet 'no one' over there believes in mental illness? No one will talk about depression, or the fact that the Japanese overwork themselves so much that they have heart attacks and die while riding on subways. All they care about is fitting into their machine and keeping a low profile, because there's such a huge stigma around sticking out that it can lead people to kill themselves. So that's what the style is: a conversation starter. It's not like we don't have depression in the States, (or around the world, rather), it's just that there's such a cultural difference that people in the West are starting to speak up about it. And tbh, this style isn't much different than pastel goth, where they have the same goth music lifestyle and attraction to creepy stuff, but they like pastel colors, so they incorporate that into their look. And on top of that, "goth" isn't all one thing, either: there are people who like metal, punk, vampires, REALLY creepy stuff (like morgues and taxidermy), there are gaudy goths, vintage goths, "witchy aesthetic" goths… the list goes on.
    Yami Kawaii is a visual cry for help, because underlying the cute facade are the dark (and real ) thoughts that, basically, every society wants to cover up. People don't want to hear that everyone around them is emotionally hurting, because then it'll cause them to HAVE to address the problem. But that's what this style is trying to bring to light by 1) being showy and different, which is already against Japanese norms, and 2) by being shocking. If someone gets offended by your clothes, they're gonna say something. But inevitably, "saying something" is the start of a conversation, which is exactly what this style is trying to do. It doesn't matter if you can't get behind the way someone else wants to live their life, and you don't have to wear the style to understand it. There are so many instances, even in the U.S., where people don't believe in stuff that has scientific evidence to back it up, such as mental illness. And not just small towns, but doctors even. So the condescending tone of this documentary making it seem like the people who wear Yami Kawaii is derogatory and just insulting. If you are trying to present facts, then keep the host's opinion about what she doesn't understand out of it. Please.

  3. So that's why all these teens have those pink/gray pastel colors and templates on facebook. Personally not a fan and I completely get it, it's just another trend, fab, it's what's going on right now, I was emo and it's what helped me cope at the time, the reality of life is that everybody struggles in one way or another yet everybody pretends like we're just fine, as teenagers we start to wake up to our senses and realize how messed up life and the world really is, especially if we have troubles at home or school and everyone takes their own way to cope, some get addicted to drugs, alcohol, sex, vanity, luxuries, popularity, self-harm, video games etc. But as a society, the struggle never ends, and all the shitty stuff, people you dealt with as a child or teen is only amplified by adults, as adults people are even more deceiving, more cunning, more hypocritical, more judgemental and if you didn't learn to deal with that in your years growing up then you are going to have a terrible time coping as an adult.

  4. Depression and mental illness comes on the hand of oppression, no matter what level. The next generation is not having it around the world. Akin to our using the N word, or women using the b word. A way of taking back your power. How can you harm me if I call myself the N word and give it a new meaning. Why art is so important. Arigatou Gozaimasu! ♡

  5. It is a spirit of suicide Spirit of death maybe there's no reason for that on a person but sometimes it's because of a person's past or present

  6. There's a giant cross on the wall that's your answer right there look to the cross go to the foot of the cross Jesus died on it for all of us for mental illness as well as anything else Jesus is the way

  7. I never liked the kawaii style very much. It always seemed like a desperate escape from reality, when adult people don't wanna face their responsibilities and feel like going back to childhood. It's OK for a teenager to be kawaii but it doesn't feel right when a grown up wants to be like that. This dark twist kawaii trend shows part of the true side behind the kawaii mask, an adult that has issues that one can't cope very well and assumes this cute identity but also displaying part of his agony. Honestly? These are all first world problems. When you have to worry about getting food and water to prevent dying from starvation and thirst, or gotta protect yourself from large scale violence that grows like war and have concerns related to risks of endemic infectious diseases, there isn't much time or opportunity to worry about how much abusive or appalling the "modern" society is. I'm not looking down on these people, they surely need attention but they've clearly got their priorities messed up. Motivation and a purpose in life is something that is up to you to establish and no one is going to point you the way to happiness. That's why Christianity is so important in the West, because most people find a reason to live for God, in Jesus. You're the ultimate master of your life and responsible for all the consequences that happen to yourself.

  8. I saw this video when it first came out, and have embraced Menhera and Yami Kawaii as a way to deal with my depression and all the bad thoughts that come with it. It's helped tremendously, to surround myself with cute things that also serve as an outlet and expression of my struggle. I am so glad that this video was created; thank you for making this video, Refinery29, and exposing me to the best coping mechanism in my life.

  9. Since they don't have guns there it's even crazier to consider their ultra high suicide rate. I want to die pretty bad, but I would never risk a failed attempt. That's why I just don't let myself own a gun.

  10. I think the best cure is to stop conforming to being cute. Is there an anti-cute fashion in Japan? But seriously, depression runs deep in Japan. Just thinking about it makes me that way, because I saw so much potential while stationed there. Maybe I was a bit romanced by their different way of thinking and being but still. But I do feel that a more aggressive approach is needed if Japan is to recover. Abe I’m looking at you.

  11. if she feel uncomfortable with this style shes never experience suicidal thoughts. or depression. or have had someone close with it. because it's like the cuteness of the style is a reminder to people suffering, hey there are things to live for. the dark part of the style is just the realization that every day that persons suffers but is trying to push past it.

    well that's at least my out look on this….

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