B-Lifestyle in Japan
I learn something new everyday. With my interest in anime, an interest in Japan has also fostered. Japan has a reputation of being “weird” and even now I still find it hard to believe that it is just full of quirky people. I’m pretty sure its full of more “normals” than anything. I came across a video with a concept that I had not heard of before and that is the B-Lifestyle or Black Lifestyle. According to this YouTube video, this lifestyle consists of individuals going to the tanning salon, wearing their hair in certain styles, dressing in hip-hop styles to get as close to being Black as possible. I find it interesting that their idea of being Black is based on those in the hip-hop community.
The B-Lifestyle is not a tribute to Black people. It is more of an appreciation of the hip-hop fashion and lifestyle. Hina, the girl interviewed in this video commented that the Black women in hip-hop clothing look good wearing them while Japanese women would look “vulgar”. In the video, they connected Hina’s hair becoming “frizzy” as the start of her interest in Black Hip-Hop culture. For Hina, hip-hop equals Black.
Now, I initially cringed at this but is it any different than an American who wears traditional Japanese style clothing everyday? Granted, I’ve never seen one but who’s to say they don’t exist. Hina’s mother also made a good point; Hina is still young and may grow out of this lifestyle. Now I’ve looked for more information about this lifestyle but it has been thus far elusive. According to the video, Hina is only one of many of Japanese who follow this lifestyle. They have Black nights which I am assuming they party where nothing but hip-hop is being played and they dress like they dropped out of a 50 cent music video. It’s interesting that I hear so much about Japan being a restrictive place but there are so many people who have lifestyles that would be laughed out or frowned upon in the States. What makes Japan so different?
Watch the clip, tell me what you think.