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In an effort to raise its cultural profile in the world, Japan has named three young women ambassadors of “cute.”
The three women represent archetypes borrowed from anime, manga, and street culture: a schoolgirl, a Lolita, and a girl described as a “fashion leader” in the Harajuku district. (Oh how I long to rip that crazy weave off the Harajuku chick and throw it to a feral cat.) At a press conference announcing their appointment Thursday, Tsutomu Nakagawa, the head of the cultural affairs division at the Foreign Ministry, explained the purpose of these so-called ambassadors:
“We want people abroad to know these kind of people exist in Japan and to feel close to them.“
Okay, but who at this point doesn’t know that “these kind of people” exist in Japan?
- People who live under rocks.
- People who live in caves.
- People who have never heard of the internet.
- People who have never heard of television.
- People without a pervy boner in their body (yeah, right).
And, more to the point, how many in the world actually think that only “these kind of people” exist in Japan?
I know what you’re gonna say when you read An Cafe‘s description of self:
THEY PLAY DANCEABLE ROCK MUSIC WITH HARAJUKU VIBE. THEIR UNIQUE DANCEABLE ROCK SOUND AND LIFE-SIZED LYRICS ARE EXTREMELY POPULAR AMONG YOUNG KIDS IN JAPAN. AN CAFE IS WIDELY ACCEPTED NOT JUST BY VISUAL-KEI FANS BUT ALSO BY THE J-POP FANS. ATTRACTING THEM WITH POP SOUNDS, ENTERTAINING LIVE SET AND FURTHER MORE WITH THEIR UNIQUE CHARACTERS.
That’s either a total fucking mess or the exact source that Gwen Stefani ripped off for her solo project, right? Leaning more towards “total mess!”
But y’all, I’m mesmerized by An Cafe.
This. Is what. My Dreams. Look like.