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Yami Kawaii *Trigger Warning*

Postby perejil » Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:10 am

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This is apparently a popular Japanese trend. Thoughts?
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Re: Yami Kawaii

Postby Snaga » Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:57 pm

(Given I'm personally not sure if the link will stay up), I'll go ahead and say it sounds as if it's a relatively harmless, maybe healthy, outlet. And yeah it's kinda cute, too.

If it gives younguns with issues an outlet it's not a bad thing. It's not exactly advocating hurting yourself from what I saw. More like, This is Who I Am, I'm Hurt Inside.

Only other thought is I am jealous of that young man's Powerpuff Girls collection....
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Re: Yami Kawaii

Postby perejil » Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:00 pm

Snaga wrote:If it gives younguns with issues an outlet it's not a bad thing. It's not exactly advocating hurting yourself from what I saw. More like, This is Who I Am, I'm Hurt Inside.


I don't think it's advocating self harm and I agree that in Asian countries (and Japan in particular) there's a cultural stoicism that must be harmful to anyone suffering mental illness. The extremely high suicide rate demonstrates that there's a real serious problem there that's going unaddressed. It should be allowed/okay for people to say they're in emotional pain, and if this is the way they do it, then more power to them.

My concern is that the trend seems to be capitalizing on mental illness, or at least romanticizing it. Making it "cute". It's not cute. And it's not an pretext for selling a tee shirt. So I have mixed feelings about the new fad.

Only other thought is I am jealous of that young man's Powerpuff Girls collection....


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Postby Snaga » Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:37 pm

I wonder how big a trend it is, and if the mdse has a really wide audience.
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Re: Yami Kawaii

Postby perejil » Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:25 pm

I gather it's not that widely worn but it does seem to have a powerful artistic influence, especially in the cities and among the young. Like, it seems to be an important artistic/political movement in Japan. And from Japanese haute couture on to the rest of the world.

It's almost like, this is their version of the 60s.

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This link should be okay, right?

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Postby perejil » Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:37 am

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Re: Yami Kawaii *Trigger Warning*

Postby Snaga » Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:44 pm

Ah partly my bad, I clicked on the links but didn't notice, QG. Still though it's not like someone interested can't look the term up so it doesn't harm the thread too much.

I used to not like anything graphic, but as I get older I think my attitude is changing, where I could see that being dark cute.
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Re: Yami Kawaii *Trigger Warning*

Postby perejil » Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:52 am

It's cool.

The term is easy enough to google. If anyone's curious, imagine Hello Kitty all pink and smiley but with a gun pointed at her head.
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Re: Yami Kawaii *Trigger Warning*

Postby perejil » Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:13 am

It seems the therapeutic aspect (for those who actually take it seriously as "therapy" and are not just cashing in on a cute trend) is this:

1. It allows people to indirectly communicate dark desires/aspects of their personality to others when they would be too shy to express those things directly or they would be socially frowned on for expressing those things directly.

2. It allows people to indirectly ask for love/compassion and express a desire for closeness/understanding from others (perhaps even a childlike desire to be cared for) for when they would be too shy to express those things directly or they would be socially frowned on for expressing those things directly.

3. It allows them to transcend their mental illness by making it into art. It empowers them.

But I'm wondering whether it's really a way of taking back control from mental illness and practicing self love or whether it's a slightly manipulative, passive aggressive cry for attention that's holding them back/sort of getting them stuck in victim mode rather than allowing them to move on.

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