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Old 19-07-2014, 09:00 PM   #38
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In Japanese pop culture, an idol (アイドル aidoru?, a Japanese rendering of the English word "idol") is a young star/starlet who is promoted as being particularly cute. Idols are intended to be role models everyone adores. They must have a perfect public image and be good examples to young people. Idols aim to play a wide range of roles as media personalities (tarento), e.g. pop singers, panelists of variety programs, bit-part actors, models for magazines and advertisements..The idol singer fandom has particular features like supporting and cheering favorite artists on stage by performing so called wotagei (chanting and lightstick swaying reminiscent of cheerleading). One can say that the idol fandom is a subculture, like heavy metal or such...

In Japan, a junior idol (ジュニアアイドル junia aidoru), alternatively chidol (チャイドル chaidoru?) or low teen idol (ローティーンアイドル rōtīn aidoru?), is primarily defined as a child or early teenager pursuing a career as a photographic model. Generally, this means gravure, or "cheesecake", fully clothed shots; but, junior idols can, and some do, eventually enter the AV industry. Child actors, musicians, and J-pop singers (whose musical genre is often termed idol pop) can also be considered junior idols and are often featured in photobooks and image DVDs..Female fashion models (not to be confused with glamour models, including gravure idols) also begin their careers typically at age 13–15, but are usually not considered junior idols. Child models, whose careers are usually over by their early teenage years, are also not usually considered junior idols..Sweet Lolita, also known as ama-loli (甘ロリ ama rori) in Japanese, is heavily influenced by Victorian and Edwardian clothing.. Focusing on the fantasy aspects of Lolita, the Sweet Lolita style adopts the basic Lolita format and uses lighter colors and childlike motifs in its design..Outfits consist of pastels, fruit themes (e.g., cherries or strawberries, or any type of sugary fruit), flowers (e.g., roses, jasmines, lilies, cherry blossoms) lace, bows, animal themes (e.g., kittens, bunnies, puppies, unicorns) and ribbons to emphasize the cuteness of the design.. Popular themes in the sweet Lolita are references to Alice in Wonderland, candy, and classic fairy tales. Jewellery often reflects this fantasy theme. Headdresses, bonnets and bows are a popular hair accessory to the sweet Lolita look...

The term is commercialized by Japanese talent agencies, that hold auditions for cute boys and girls with little or no prior experience in the entertainment industry and market them as idols, as a sort of aspiring stars/starlets to be adored for their sweetness and innocence, fallen in love with and to have a frenzied following. There is also a view that Japanese people see female idols as sisters or girls next door, they love the way how idols are just ordinary kids who happened to become popular and emphathize with and like to follow their growth from inexperienced amateurs to famous experienced artists.. Some people say that the Japanese society is obsessed with cuteness and youth and the idol phenomenon is just a part of the whole Japanese people's adoration of everything that is kawaii...Japanese women who feign kawaii behaviors (e.g., high-pitched voice, squealing giggles) that could be viewed as forced or inauthentic are called burikko and this is considered[by whom?] a gender performance..The term burikko (鰤子) is formed with buri (鰤, literally 'amberjack' a fish), a pun on furi (振, 'to pretend or pose'), and ko (子, 'child').. It was a neologism developed in the
1980s by comedienne Kuniko Yamada (山田邦子 Yamada Kuniko?)... drives me insane is the twofold nature of this nymphet, of every nymphet perhaps, this mixture in my Lolita of tender, dreamy childishness and a kind of eerie vulgarity. I know it is madness to keep this journal, but it gives me a strange thrill to do so. And only a loving wife could decipher my microscopic script...
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