Author: Gabs

Let’s Go Shopping

Gabrielle Ramponi

‘The Japanese approach on western fashion heavily contradicts principles that are deeply embedded in western designers’ imagery – a feature that had just as much potential of triggering a culture clash as of setting off a cultural revolution.’

Following on from my last blog post, I have researched further into Japanese Fashion. The impact that it has on Western clothing was one area of research that kept arising. I’m not going to change my initial research areas, but will continue to reference back to how Japanese fashion also influences Western fashion.

The above quote comes from ‘Japanese Design in Western Fashion The Three Japanese Designers Who Changed The Fashion World’. I find this to be incredibly interesting as although I’m researching how Western culture has access to Japanese fashion. Japanese designers influence Western clothing choices already. Fashion inception one could describe it as.

As stated in ‘Autoethnography: An Overview’, an…

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Japanese Fashion

Continuing my authoethnographic research into Japanese media, I will be looking into Japanese fashion. As I discussed in my previous two blog posts on Asian media, I have not had too much exposure to it. Mainly as it does not interest me as much as other areas of Japanese culture do. So with this idea in mind with the assignment requirements, I have decided to explore Japanese fashion. The good, the bad and the ugly. I have previously completed several university assignments on fashion, clothing and their impacts on people. So why not explore Japanese fashion. There are plenty of different subcultures of fashion to follow.

Personally I believe that what a person wears says so much about them. Before you even get to introduce yourself and say your name, what you chose to wear that day will determine so much about yourself. Clothing has the power to change who you are and your feelings. Being dressed in something you love is such a mood changer. Wearing your favourite outfit will brighten your day, and those around you. So with my interest in clothing I decided to investigate clothing in Japan. The subcultures and how they present themselves, along with how Western people appropriate them. I have a small amount of knowledge when it comes to Japanese clothing. There are plenty of wild and out there styles and clothing, such as with the Harajuku Girls.  I began my plight into the unknown by simply Googling Japanese fashion. And oh boy the colours!

Research Project


To investigate how Western culture perceives Japanese fashion. Specifically Japanese fashion.  I’m going to create mini blog posts with a photo of a fashion and the details I’ve managed to find surrounding the trend and the Western applications of it.


Our clothing is who we are, the styles we chose to follow (or not follow) determine how the world views us.

I have a great interest in fashion and style. Researching Japanese style has shown me that personal style is such a large thing in their culture. Western and Eastern fashion trends already differ, but the subcultures of Japanese fashion go to the extreme. I’m interested in seeing how Westerners act towards it and whether it is possible to recreate some of the stylings from Western shops.


My first investigation for this project has been simply Googling the term ‘japanese fashion’, ‘Harajuku girls’ and ‘personal style in japan’.


To be announced!


After my initial investigation (which was basic, but to gather information and see what I had to work with, I’ve made the decision (as mentioned above) to narrow my focus into how people in Western countries mimic and recreate, if it is possible, Japanese fashion.

My reasoning for doing blog posts is that they are easy to follow and understand, I already have an established platform and personally I enjoy to blog. I believe a blog post can bring as little or as much information as you desire.


Link to blog:


I’ll be the first to admit that Japanese media is not my first choice when it comes to entertainment. I’ve never really gotten into anime or cosplay. Though I do have friends that do, so I have had some exposure to it. I’m not a huge fan of animation, I much prefer autobiographies, horror, thriller, comedies or documentaries.

So when the first film we had to watch for Digital Asia was the original 1954 Japanese ‘Godzilla’ or ‘Gojira’, I was slightly hesitant, but also interested to see what 10/10 special effects existed back in 1954.

Main theme song Gojira 1954:

Well I have to say the film did not disappoint! I was quiet impressed with the visuals and the myths surrounding Godzilla. The main myth was that there was something that lived under the ocean near the village, and to prevent it from attacking the village every few years a young girl would be cast out on a boat as a sacrifice to the monster. But radioactive testing in the waters had made the minster stronger and more ferocious then before, making it attack the village.

The film also had an environmental message. From Godzilla becoming almost indestructible from the nuclear testing in the water, the importance of recognizing and stopping that. This aspect of the film that struck me an unusual for a film like this. Or such an old film when environmental issues were not a concern of the public’s I found it very interesting that they had scientists worried about the effects of the nuclear fallout.

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The aftermath of the atomic bombs on Japan was still quiet raw at the time of the film, and this showed.  The stress from it is displayed by characters in reference to World War II. I found this to be refreshing as the movie is fictitious, yet referenced the effects that nuclear weapons can have.

Overall my first viewing of a black and white Japanese movie was surprisingly good. It was just like films I am used to watching (mainly American, Australian or European films) but with subtitles. I believe that most of the Japanese terms translated well, though some were a little hard to get exactly correct. Like any film produced in 1954 the special effects weren’t world class, but the use of miniature sets was very clever and really made things look believable.