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Be One With The Forest: Mori Girl

The Mori Girl is a girl who looks like she lives in the forest. A very whimsical style. I was thinking, it was a while since I last wrote about a Japanese fashion subculture. As some of you know, the last post I made, was last year with B-girl. This time I wanted to go the opposite route to a more delicate style. And I’m not talking lolita, haha. I’m talking Mori Girl or forest girl.

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The Current State of Gyaru Magazines

Hi everyone. I realised that I haven’t posted since the beginning of the year and now it is spring. I’ve been swamped with university but I’m back. As a treat, I’m going to be post two articles today that have been translated from Japanese to English. Due to egg magazine ending, modelpress has started a series of articles about the change in the gyaru culture and the magazine culture surrounding it. I asked a friend of mine to translate it and she did. With her permission I’ll like to share this with my readers. It’d be interesting to get the word out and opinions coming in this topic. I hope to give you all my opinion on every thing in a blog post following the these two translations post. It includes my opinion on the reaction by the international gyaru community and other speculations for the shift in gyaru culture. This is only the first of two articles that I will be posting. The translation starts below…

[Translators’ note: I’m not sure if the style from JELLY has an official name in the international circle, I just put “strong style” but the original is called “karakuchi”]

Current situation of Gyaru magazines that continue to end one after another

Gyaru magazines Egg, Happie nuts, Koakuma Ageha, EDGE STYLE and many more, continue to end one after another. As such, the market of Gyaru magazines has been reduced. While these magazines continue to end, on the other hand Popteen, Ranzuki, JELLY, Scawaii, Gina, etc. are still popular with many Gyaru.

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The End of Egg Magazine: What is the Key to Reviving Shibuya Gyaru Culture?

This is part two of the two translations about the changing state of gyaru culture. Former Egg and Men’s Egg model, Uetake Hiromu gives his views on what’s happening to the scene. I hope to give you all my opinion on everything in the next blog post. This includes my opinion on the international community and speculation on other reasons for the shift. The translation starts below…

The end of Egg’s publication causes a huge impact… What is the key to reviving the Shibuya Gyaru Culture? A legendary Gyaru-o tells us about it

Gyaru magazine, Egg (Taiyoh Books), will cease their publication with the May 31st release of
their July issue. It comes to an end with a long history of 19 years and 9 months. Many have been saying that “Gyaru have disappeared from the streets”, and we need something to liven up the Shibuya Culture that Japan boasts about. We interviewed Uetake Hiromu, also known as “Piromu”, a charismatic dokusha model at the time of the magazine’s launch that currently makes efforts to transmit Shibuya’s culture.

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What is Dokumo? About the Reader Model

If you frequent Japanese magazine follow their models, I’m sure you have heard of the term ‘dokumo’. Now you may be wonder, what the heck is a ‘dokumo’. Have no fear as I will be telling you all that you need to know.
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Want to model in Japan? Check out the CanCam Contest

I’m late to the party but I wanted to talk about the CanCam Model Search. CanCam is a fashion magazine that I covered in my Akamoji-kei vs Aomoji-kei: It All Started with Red Letters post. It is an Akamoji-kei magazine. CanCam gets it’s name from ‘I Can Campus’, which indicates its strong college female following. However it is also known as the “Office Lady Bible”.

In an attempt to bring a larger following as well as notoriety to the magazine, the staff of CanCam has decided to do a model search. CanCam is trying to find a star that represents the new generation. It is not just an ordinary model search as it will make use of social networking site, Google+.