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Akamoji-kei vs Aomoji-kei: The rise of Harajuku

Today, I wanted to introduce the concept of Akamoji-kei and Aomoji-kei. Now you may ask, what the heck is that? It is a concept that not many people outside of Japan know of. Based on research and my own understanding, I hope to give you a greater understanding these concepts. This is a two-part piece so I’ll be doing the currently popular Aomoji-kei.

Aomoji-kei (literally: Blue-letter style) is a fashion subculture that is influenced by the trends in Harajuku. It is a casual yet girl fashion. However it also prides itself as being radical and creative. It is opposite to the conservative and elegant akamoji kei. As such, it appeals to women rather than men. The term was coined by Asobi System’s Yusuke Nakagawa. Rather than Shibuya which influences the notorious gyaru-kei, Aomoji-kei sticks close to Harajuku. The differences in the reader models can be seen between the two styles. Gyaru models tend to brimming with energy and always show a smiling face. While Aomoji-kei models tend to show off their duck lips and look expressionless.

So in simpler terms, Aomoji-kei is more about dressing the way you want as opposed to what society thinks looks good. It’s about moving against the mainstream trends rather than with it. People who are part of this subculture tend to switch between many styles. So girl into dolly-kei might wear fairy-kei the next day. It’s all about self-expression. It become popular in 2011 with the rise of representative model Kyary Pamyu Pamyu who made her major singing debut.

Aomoji-kei Magazines

Some magazines which are part of Aomoji-kei, Zipper, KERA, CUTiE, Used Mix, Choki Choki Mix. While other magazines make the model choose the style they want, many of the models from these magazines are self-styled. There’s also a lot of emphasis of street snaps as well. While Akamoji-kei about following the trends. Likewise, Aomoji-kei magazines feature a wide range of styles like, lolita, mori girl, fairy-kei, goth and dolly-kei. While each magazine focuses on one style in particular.
kyary pamyu pamyu, kera magazine, zipper magazine, aomoji, aomoji-kei, harajuku magazineTwo of the most popular Aomoji-kei magazines

Aomoji-kei Models

Two popular icons within the Aomoji-kei are Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Kimura Kaela. Both of them started out as models but later became singers. While Kyary made her debut due to her popularity as a blogger, Kaela started out as a model for Seventeen magazine and slowly making a major debut after an indies release. Kaela however developed a quirky style, leaving behind the safe style of Seventeen.

kimura kaela, kyary pamyu pamyu, model, harajuku iconsLeft: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu | Right: Kimura Kaela

With the rise of this style, many other models have made their own debut. Some of these models include all girl band, Silent Siren; unit, AMOYAMO and twin sisters, AMIAYA.

Silent Siren: Yoshida Sumire, Yumemura Hinako, Yamachi Aina and Kurosaka Yukako

AMOYAMO: Amo and Ayamo

AMIAYA: Ami and Aya

I’d like to show my coords of the fashion below.

This is just the second part to a two-part piece. Next up I will be talking about Akamoji-kei.


4 replies on “Akamoji-kei vs Aomoji-kei: The rise of Harajuku”

Thank you =D Normally I use the Japanese wikipedia, then I'd google search or more information. ModelPress also has up to date information with models though it's in Japanese.

Your blog is so interesting! I'm impressed by how much you know about all of this, where do you find the info? 😀

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