have heard that some Japanese women wearing kogal
fashion have been mistaken as
prostitute while traveling to foreign
countries. For those
of you who do not know what kogal fashion is, here is a primer. Like many other countries,
schoolgirls (and boys
too) have to wear a uniform. Considering
that we are such a homogeneous
society, this is perfectly acceptable in
our society. In addition to
that, since Japan is so small, the schools all over the country have
pretty much the same uniform. For
girls, it is a
skirt (though it has gotten
shorter over the years despite efforts of schools to manage the
hemline), black shoes, and what in Japan are known as ‘loose socks’
(white socks that are so loose at the top that they have to be held in
place by using all sorts of innovative mechanisms).
You also have to know that Japanese high school is almost an all-day affair so you will find
Japanese schoolgirls in their outfits late
in the evening as they return home after attending cram schools.
No wonder Japanese
men, tired and drunk after work,
about schoolgirls on the train ride home.
||By no standards, however, this dress can be called
bold. During last two
decades or so, the media has somehow created an image of the Japanese
girl in her sailor uniform as something unique.
The films and magazines will have innumerable depictions of
schoolgirls. In fact,
Japanese idols (not much older than any schoolgirl) will often
dress up in
schoolgirl outfits to satisfy the fantasies of their fans.
Another parallel trend is the manner in which Japanese
schoolgirls have started dressing during their off-school hours.
They will wear the skimpiest outfits (tank tops that barely cover
the top, and micro-mini
heels, complemented by
blonde hair and expensive designer
This has led to emergence of fashion and lifestyle loosely
described as kogal (which means high school girl in Japanese).
I was under the impression that this was a very
Japanese phenomenon. However,
I am now learning that being dressed in kogal style, which is
considered provocative in Japan but not unacceptable, can
actually be dangerous in other countries.
A Japanese woman was recently traveling in a foreign country. She
went out for dinner and when she got back to the hotel, the hotel
employee at the gate told her not to come in. She explained to the
employee that she was staying at the hotel, but the employee didn't
believe her. Another man
helped her out of this situation, so that she could finally get into the
hotel after some embarrassing moments. The man explained to her that the
employee first thought the woman was a prostitute. The woman was
reportedly wearing a
purple camisole and a
Brooke Hogan sometimes does.
Many homepages about traveling to foreign countries
say that kogal fashion (including
mini skirts, platform
halter tops and fishnet
stockings) may confuse many people that the
person using them is a prostitute.
A man who traveled to Europe said he saw prostitutes there that
dress similar to Japanese kogal.
I have been mistaken as a prostitute too. It was an
extremely scary experience to me. I was traveling
to the United States.
I was shopping at a mall at night dressed in a cool outfit
(something that no one in Japan would even notice) but definitely not
what a prostitute would wear. I was wearing a
blue halter-top, a blue
mini skirt, pin heeled sandals (the heel is about 10 cm or 2 inches
high), had a
handbag and I was also wearing the usual make-up. A man came close to me and he asked me "How much?" I told him I wasn't a prostitute but he didn't believe me. He
forced me to get into his car and he began to tell me how badly he
wanted to have me. His voice sounded like he was excited. He
also began telling me how much his body was ready.
Then he began misbehaving in front of me. After that,
fortunately my cell phone rang so I was able to call my friend and make
my friend pick me up. I was totally freaked out and really scared, so I
didn't tell my friend about this.
I guess I am learning that despite the United
States being such a modern country, Japanese tourists have to be very
careful since it is still a rather puritan society when it comes to real
America. I saw that women
in the US dress rather conservatively (skirts are still long, fishnet
tights are practically unknown, and no one seems to take liberty with
their styles – exceptions exists but they are really few).
Recommended links: A
day in the life of a kogal or kogyaru Japan
inspired fashion Japanese
How to find a
girlfriend in highschool
Jennifer Love Hewitt kogal