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

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 specifically Yami Kawaii. This style of fashion accentuates cuteness while incorporating symbols that represent death. Watch this episode of Style Out There to delve deeper into this morbid trend in Tokyo!

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  • Refinery29 Reply

    What is your go-to style? Comment below!

    April 11, 2019 at 11:12 pm
  • R X Reply

    As a survivor Iโ€™m all for drawing attention to mental illness, but Iโ€™m not sure if glorifying it is the right way.

    April 11, 2019 at 11:12 pm
  • Lilleo Robertson Reply

    THIS IS MY LIFE GOAL

    April 11, 2019 at 11:12 pm
  • Ziggy Schumann Reply

    I wonder how many bona-fide theists commit suicide, compared to the atheists, agnostics and satanists ?

    April 11, 2019 at 11:12 pm
  • ะ’ะปะฐะด ะšะฐะฝั‚ะฐัƒะปะพะฒ Reply

    It looks like a Russian emo. This is an informal society.)

    April 11, 2019 at 11:12 pm
  • Christopher Jensen Reply

    i can't believe it took so long for me to find my people

    April 11, 2019 at 11:12 pm
  • Harry Roger Reply

    Stop using Japan for clicks.

    April 11, 2019 at 11:12 pm
  • Aesthetic Dreams101 Reply

    Does enyone notice at 5:30 the mirror is only moving

    April 11, 2019 at 11:12 pm
  • ลŸฤ…ฤ‘ ฤ—ฤ‘ฤซลฃลŸ Reply

    0:13 song name?

    April 11, 2019 at 11:12 pm
  • Dreamaholic Reply

    Yami doesn't mean sick. It means dark.

    April 11, 2019 at 11:12 pm
  • kupis1408 Reply

    4:54 She's pointing a picture from one scene of Battle Royale movie
    https://s3.drafthouse.com/images/made/battle-royale-screenshot-11_758_426_81_s_c1.jpg

    April 11, 2019 at 11:12 pm
  • Sai Anvesh Reply

    Sex Suicide Baby are three words I did not expect to hear together when I woke up this morning nor ever in my life.๐Ÿคฃ Mad world we live in.

    April 11, 2019 at 11:12 pm
  • zitrigga boy Reply

    The host is definitely ' kawaii' ๐Ÿ™‚

    April 11, 2019 at 11:12 pm
  • zitrigga boy Reply

    9:28 this frame is life goals

    April 11, 2019 at 11:12 pm
  • ใใ‚Œใ‚ใ‚ŒใŒ Reply

    ็—…ใฟๅฏๆ„›ใ„wwwwwww

    In English โ€œYami kawaii lolโ€

    ใ“ใ‚Œใงๅˆใฃใฆใ‚‹ใ‹ใชใ€‚ใ€‚

    April 11, 2019 at 11:12 pm
  • D R E A M L Y Reply

    Congratulations!, Your emo evolve into a Yami Kawaii!

    April 11, 2019 at 11:12 pm
  • Akresha Curtis Reply

    This says a lot to the society and hows it has gone mad for years, u just have to cope up, we all need to some time bt its a lot more difficult with people like them who suffers with mental illnesses. I pray for them, i pray for us all that things and hearts and the world mend ๐Ÿ™‚ bcoz really this is like a cry for help bcoz the problem nowadays people just seem not to care about ur emotions,problems and even if some people does but they can only do as much as just listening by it and sometimes we dont want it just like that.. Like if u agree ๐Ÿ™‚

    April 11, 2019 at 11:12 pm
  • Ella Nina Mazzucco Reply

    The video is very serious talking about important topics, but then Refinery29 in the comments is like โ€œ whatโ€™s your favourite style? โ€œ

    April 11, 2019 at 11:12 pm
  • Mitchell M Reply

    she is a living doll…what a cutie…being here in japan to me feels like virtual reality

    April 11, 2019 at 11:12 pm
  • zaalix Bruhh Reply

    Too much pink

    It hurts my eyes help but this vid is suicidal which is my type of show so what im doing rn is suicidal too. Love my science brah please

    April 11, 2019 at 11:12 pm
  • GamingwithJesse YT Reply

    Bring emo back

    April 11, 2019 at 11:12 pm
  • Han Bailey Reply

    Honestly, people who haven't dealt with these thoughts don't know how significant it is to wear it on your clothes.

    April 11, 2019 at 11:12 pm
  • Gunpla Builder Reply

    I wish I had that pin

    April 11, 2019 at 11:12 pm
  • bแ’แŽฝแŽชแแŽช_ แŽ แŽฌแžแŽฌแŽพแ Reply

    I like this style because someone can be depressed but they can dress up and look cute. So they can look in the mirror and maybe say โ€œI look cute.โ€. So maybe this kinda helps them in some type of way. Iโ€™m a 10 year old with depression and anxiety. Life is hard but I managed to get through these 10 hard years.

    April 11, 2019 at 11:12 pm
  • KatieThe CatGamer Reply

    When I first heard the word and what it means im like, Sayori?

    April 11, 2019 at 11:12 pm
  • hvdifash Reply

    So suicide issa trend now?

    April 11, 2019 at 11:12 pm
  • Dymphna Reply

    So kinda similar to pastel goth?

    April 11, 2019 at 11:12 pm
  • Anime Girl Reply

    She looks cute so itโ€™s fine

    April 11, 2019 at 11:12 pm
  • Krafty Kreator Reply

    Interesting, I liked how her perceptions changed.

    April 11, 2019 at 11:12 pm
  • Luisella Gacha Reply

    This harajaku Style is fucking horrible it should be illegal ffs! This is Just evil Look at what It does to people Like that suicidical woman who only felt Happy around cats

    April 11, 2019 at 11:12 pm
  • forever 21 Reply

    The last girl it isn t sane ….like me….

    April 11, 2019 at 11:12 pm
  • Belinda Lei Reply

    Did anyone see the man on the left side ? Looks like a member from BTS !! 1:50

    April 11, 2019 at 11:12 pm
  • Naegel L Reply

    5:34 How come he is moving in the mirror but not really ?

    April 11, 2019 at 11:12 pm
  • Fulvia K I T S U N E ๆ‚ช้ญ” Reply

    Maybe it would help if they WOULD start talking ABOUT suicide and not ignoring it

    April 11, 2019 at 11:12 pm
  • TOUGH MAN RANDY SAVAGE Reply

    Fuck these people for turning mental illness into a fashion. It's a nightmare not a fashion statement….

    April 11, 2019 at 11:12 pm

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