East Meets West

goes west

Now here is an opportunity to create my own website that profiles youth culture.  I would document how contemporary media such as facebook and youtube have allowed for the globalisation of different cultures. I would also include my own created graphics such as animation, character design and also my own photography. Today’s blog will be short but memorable. I have attached a picture of two non-westerners from America trying to be a Ganguro. Here is the evident spread of the culture. I have also attached humours links of the spread of the culture.

GANGURO IN THE WEST

The girl is of European background and she is teaching people how to look like a Ganguro. I am pretty sure even the Ganguro watch this video for inspiration on their next make up design. What I found was sort of a merge between what we would call an ‘Emo’ in Australia and a Ganguro in Japan. Here is the link

< http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1ShaKmW4aM&feature=related>

UK teens obsessed with Japanese trend (MUST SEE)!!

Here is another must see video, of how Ganguro style is taking over the Uk. If I had my own magazine, WEST imitation of the Ganguro would always be in the front cover.

< http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/video_and_audio/8132818.stm> and http://www.selftanningqueen.com/?p=980

CONTEMPORARY MEDIA

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Listed below are the three types of contemporary medias I would like to focus on.

1. The Egg Magazine

2. Youtube

3. Facebook

EGG

The magazine ‘EGG’ have said to have had a direct influence on the Ganguro Egg is a style magazine for gyaru fashion, distributed in Japan. It features photos of ganguro girls and synopses about what they like or a popular trend. Egg also usually has photos of the newest fashions, where to buy them, latest hairstyles, cell phones, and make up tips. It also has candid photos of ganguro girls on the streets of Japan

The focus of Egg magazine is largely on teenage girls who seek ways to be sexy and cute in the gyaru style. Images will often feature girls with blonde dyed hair or wigs, overt makeup, nail decorations, and mini-skirts. The look is almost exclusively for teens, with most of the shops catering to the style existing in Shibuya 109 and its surrounding teen-centric shopping district.

I loved their motto ” The platform for creativity” ! To read more, click on the website and read the ‘ About Us’ page.

EGG

Click here to visit their website  < www.eggmagazine.com/eggMag/noFlash.html>

Facebook

Facebook is a social networking website that connects friends and future friends from all over the world. Users are able to comment, share picture, share videos and play games with each other. I found a group site, and fan site for the Ganguro on facebook, which was interesting because a lot of the fans are actually non- Japanese who aspire to be a Ganguro. Facebook has revolutionized and help spread the culture globally. As a facebook member, I can join to this group and share information with friends and other members of this group. I have the opportunity to contact Ganguro members and ask questions for my future graphic designs and articles that I would write.

Click here to visit the facebook site  < http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2204830560>

The Egg magazine have joined facebook.This means that fans and members are able to share ideas and perceptions about different things like make up and clothing etc. Because the youth of the world are more into reading blogs and reading online materials rather than books, I think the Egg magazines content being available on facebook is a very good idea.  Here check it out.

Click here to visit the Wesbite < http://www.facebook.com/pages/Egg-Magazine/36935608228

Youtube

I was looking through the videos on you tube about Ganguro, and what I found so interesting was, how many Westerners have post under the title Ganguro. Many of the videos consists of them trying to be a Ganguro.