Is Japanese Society Ready For These Adults? Are You?

Brace yourself, Japan! You have some new, fully fledged members of society with truly outrageous fashion.

Today is Coming of Age Day (成人の日 or Seijin no Hi) in Japan. It is for all of the country's youth who turned 20 years old in the past year. They are now officially adults and fully-fledged members of society.

Most young adults celebrating the day dress up in fancy kimonos and drink booze (the drinking age is 20 in Japan). That's typical. Members of gal circle (club) Black Diamond are anything but.

Black Diamond is basically a group for young women who are into tanning, super long nails, and colourful clothes.

Two Black Diamond members — Harutama and Richusama — sported such outrageous Hello Kitty-infused fashion that they become a hot topic on Twitter as these sorts of get-ups are incredibly unusual in Japan. One of Harutama's photos was even retweeted over 16,000 times!

Is Japanese Society Ready for These Adults? Are You?

This is Harutama.

Is Japanese Society Ready for These Adults? Are You?

Above is Richusama.

They got their hair done.

Is Japanese Society Ready for These Adults? Are You?
Is Japanese Society Ready for These Adults? Are You?

Along with their nails.

Is Japanese Society Ready for These Adults? Are You?

Harutama's nails are not done!

Is Japanese Society Ready for These Adults? Are You?

OK, done. What Richusama's?

Is Japanese Society Ready for These Adults? Are You?

Hello Kitty, huh.

Is Japanese Society Ready for These Adults? Are You?
Is Japanese Society Ready for These Adults? Are You?

They dressed up in kimonos and stuffed animals.

Is Japanese Society Ready for These Adults? Are You?
Is Japanese Society Ready for These Adults? Are You?

Harutama took a car for a spin.

Is Japanese Society Ready for These Adults? Are You?

And went to an arcade for sticker pictures with a friend.

Is Japanese Society Ready for These Adults? Are You?

Can you pick out Harutama, among the more "typical" newly-minted Japanese adults?

Is Japanese Society Ready for These Adults? Are You?

What about Richusama? Difficult!

Is Japanese Society Ready for These Adults? Are You?

Hanging out at an arcade. What a day. Welcome to adulthood!

Photos: はるたま, りちゅさま


Comments

    and just like the rest of the world, "Adults" is a very loose term.

    It's almost like the word "tacky" gained sentience and a human form.

      Note that its just a small group of weirdos nowdays. Not a wide spread thing.

    why are they looking down in all the photos?

      I'm guessing so you can't clearly see their face, so when you see them not covered in all that crap and working at the local 7-11/street corner you won't recognise them.

      to hide their shame was my guess

      http://www.kotaku.com.au/2014/01/japans-latest-photo-trend-hair-smiles/

    Lwaxana Troi: The women of Betazed used to wear these enormous wigs with large holes in the center for tiny caged creatures. Dr. Timicin: Yes? Lwaxana Troi: First, it was a fashion. Then it went on long enough to become a custom, a tradition. But it was uncomfortable for the woman and cruel to the animal. So, then, one day, one very formidable woman finally said so, refused to ever wear another of those wigs. Fairly soon, the custom stopped. She had the courage to stand up and fight for change. Dr. Timicin: She must have been a lot like you

    Didn't know Drag wasn't in style?

    How heavy would those nails be? I'd be surprised if her fingernails haven't fallen out by now with that sort of weight.

    Good on them for daring to be different.

    Dressed in an attention grabbing gear but don't want attention. Makes a whole lot of sense right now.

    I love that they avert their eyes in any photo where they can't photoshop them into anime stupid proportions.

    I guess they never want to have jobs.

    Last edited 15/01/14 12:55 pm

    Man those are some fantastic outfits! I can't imagine how much time and effort was put into creating that appearance.

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