Manga Girl

1 May


On Sunday afternoons, Japanese teenagers dress up as their favourite manga characters and congregate in the Harajuku area of Tokyo.  Not being a manga fan, I have no idea who they were supposed to be, but it was all taken very seriously.  Other characters included red haired punks and blood splattered doctors and nurses.  I love Japan, and can’t wait to go back.  It intrigues me.

This post is for The Gallery at Sticky Fingers.


30 Responses to “Manga Girl”

  1. bridgetasmith 01/05/2009 at 3:57 pm #

    What an interesting tradition! Hadn’t heard of this one before!

  2. marina villatoro 01/05/2009 at 4:25 pm #

    I love Japan too, and read a lot about it. I have a friend that lives there too, and every time I find something new and weird about it. Like this! What a great country.
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  3. Lucia 01/05/2009 at 5:16 pm #

    They do take it all pretty seriously, don’t they? Great capture. I also love and miss Japan. Thanks for this amusing reminder.

  4. wandermom 02/05/2009 at 4:39 am #

    Thanks for this! Japan is top-of-the-list of places to visit for my kids as we plan our rtw trip. They’re avid manga-readers, so I’m sure they’ll be able to appreciate sights like this much better than I!

  5. Dominique 04/05/2009 at 5:18 pm #

    This girl really does look serious! Seeing photos of teens dressing up in Japan is always fun…between the Hello Kitty and Manga influences, there seem to be some pretty bizarre looks!

  6. Glennia/ The Silent I 05/11/2009 at 4:52 am #

    Harajuku is one of the best places in the world to people-watch. I hadn’t realized that some of them dressed as manga characters–I just thought it was a fashion statement!

  7. Mirka Moore 05/05/2010 at 8:36 am #

    An interesting photo, I had many Japanese students in Sydney, but have never made it there, maybe one day 😉

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 05/05/2010 at 2:14 pm #

      It’s the most amazingly fascinating place, and relatively close to Sydney (well, compared to Europe anyway). Go!

  8. jfb57 05/05/2010 at 9:25 am #

    Crickey, serious lady!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 05/05/2010 at 2:17 pm #

      Isn’t she? I rather like her.

  9. MrsW 05/05/2010 at 10:49 am #

    My kids would go MAD for some serious cosplay – they are total Manga heads! Much as we would love to visit Japan my son will have to capitlise on his polyglot leanings beforehand – not sure how safe it would be for him to eat anything with his nut allergies – not sure the Japanese know what they are eating sometimes!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 05/05/2010 at 2:14 pm #

      We did eat some odd stuff, pickled wild fern for breakfast was a favourite. But I don’t remember eating any nuts.

  10. London City Mum 05/05/2010 at 11:49 am #

    You have brought back some vivid memories of my time(s) in Tokyo when I would wander round on weekends and come across some amazing sights.

    I believe it was a manner of ‘rebellion’ for the youngsters to dress up in the most outrageous costumes they could come up with before they were forced to return to normality and conform with society’s expectation of them on Monday morning.

    Great photo.

    LCM x

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 05/05/2010 at 2:12 pm #

      I think you are right. But they all rebel by looking the same. Very Japanese!

  11. Crystal Jigsaw 05/05/2010 at 12:34 pm #

    Amy is dying to go to Japan, she is currently learning Japanese!! Don’t ask.

    The girl doesn’t look very happy does she, even though your photo is very good.

    CJ xx

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 05/05/2010 at 2:11 pm #

      All the others were really smiley. I quite liked her because she looked so glum. More interesting.

  12. Barbara 05/05/2010 at 2:09 pm #

    Great picture. I second what Crystal Jigsaw said – not a happy manga fan!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 05/05/2010 at 2:18 pm #

      She is taking it very seriously.

  13. Sian - MummyTips 05/05/2010 at 6:20 pm #

    How funny…. she doesnt look like she is having much fun!

  14. New Mummy 05/05/2010 at 8:01 pm #

    Great picture x

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 06/05/2010 at 10:01 am #


  15. mummylimited 05/05/2010 at 9:25 pm #

    It is so intriguing isn’t it. I think it’s the differentness (if that’s a word) that makes it so.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 06/05/2010 at 10:01 am #

      Definitely, that’s a great word to describe it!

  16. screamingitout 05/05/2010 at 9:59 pm #

    Brilliant – The Gallery really is from every corner this week

  17. nudieprincess 06/05/2010 at 9:18 am #

    I have had a fascination with Japan since I went to China in 2002. I just love Asia- the culture, the food, the history. Japan is top of my ‘to go to’ list. Alas, my husband does not share my interest so I may have to live out my fantasies through other people. More photos please!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 06/05/2010 at 10:03 am #

      I have LOTS of Japan photos! We will be going back to Japan next July, expect plenty of blogging…

  18. Michelle 06/05/2010 at 6:48 pm #

    Never new this so fun to have learned it from you:-)
    She doesn’t look like a happy Manga character more as if she is about to fall a sleep? Lovely photo though.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 06/05/2010 at 7:56 pm #

      Maybe her character is supposed to be serious, I don’t know. But I did think it made her more photogenic.

  19. Isobel 19/02/2013 at 9:06 pm #

    It seems like you actually know plenty regarding this subject and it exhibits by means of
    this blog, named “Manga Girl It’s a small world after all”. Thanks a lot ,Kelli


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