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This is an interview with Sifow! (in case you haven't figured that out yet) *This is translated* ...*But not by me; I got this out of a book* ...*things I've taken directly from the book are in italics*

**this is a semi-old interview (copyright: 2007; however, this interview was obviously done before that since it references May 2006 as being a big date to come [but it already happened, of course], and she has about 12 staff members currently, I believe [but the interview says 6 or 7]...I think that's it)
Enjoy!!

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Sifow is a fast-rising young celebrity in Japan who preaches the gospel of Gal Revolution. In addition to being a recording artist, a model, and the author of an autobiography, she runs her own company, SGR, or "Sifow Gal Revolution." We interviewed Sifow in a café near Shibuya where a baby girl stared at her the whole time with something like awe.

Q: What is Gal Revolution? What is your agenda? Is it something dangerous?

A: Over the last few years, the media have been projecting a very negative image of Gals. When I was in high school, it was the era of the Kogals. People would harass me on the train, and I'd go into a store and I could tell that people were thinking that I was going to steal something.

One day I was just hanging out with my friends. We were all sharing similar experiences, and this light bulb went off in my head. I graduated from high school in 2004, and I started thinking what can I do to help change things? The name Gal Revolution just came to mind about a year later. I didn’t have any idea of what it was going to be, but I liked the way it sounded. At first I thought about becoming a working woman within the system. But when I’d show up at job interviews, it was clear that I wasn’t going to get hired. I looked too much like a stereotypical Gal. No one wants me, I figured. So I started my own company.

When I went to register the company, I wrote “Gal Revolution” in the business category. The guy working in the office said, “You can’t write that; that’s not a category.” So I figured, I like music, so my business started out as a music company. We do event promotions, music publishing, and public relations.

Q: How many Gals in all work at the company? Are there any men on board?

A: There’s around six or seven people on staff right now. Three of them are male. We are going to expand to ten people soon.

Q: What are some the challenges you’ve had to face?

A: Well, there’s still a bad image of Gals. Some of that is the Gals’ fault too. We’re not perfect, but we’re not all bad either. But Gals get blamed for things all the time. Old men throw their cigarette butts into the street all the time, but if a Gal were standing nearby, she’d probably be blamed. What’s important is that we’re inspiring other Gals. They tell me, “I want to be a boss someday, too.”

Q: What’s the next phase of the Gal Revolution?

A: We’re going to be opening up our own retail store inside the Shibuya109 building in May 2006. Four years from now, I’m hoping we can open our own school. The teachers would be professionals in their field, and hopefully they’d recruit the students they taught for jobs. I’d like it to prepare Gals to work in information technology, the music industry, and entertainment.

Q: Do you have a message for the girls of the world?

A: Do whatever you can at any given moment. Don’t just waste a single day. Think of something you have fun doing, and just go for it. Girls have so much power and energy, so it’s easy to channel it into something else.♥



~Japanese Schoolgirl Inferno: Tokyo Teen Fashion Subculture Handbook
Interview with Sifow and translation by Patrick Macias and Izumi Evers (authors)
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I wanna attend her school- it sounds cool!!! and I wanna work with her one day, too!!
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Posted 2/26/08
That would be so much fun!!

im sooo getting that book! (we didn't buy it yet...but she said she would buy it for me when she gets paid! lol) Is it worth buying?
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I kno right!! that would be soo much fun to attend her school~!!! >///<!!

yeah~ the book is definitely worth buying! it gives you *detailed* descriptions of every style of Japanese girls since like the 1960's with pictures and, I'm serious- REALLY GREAT DESCRIPTIONS!! the pics are awesome^^ and it really gives you in depth analysis of the styles-- and it gives you tips on each style!! (it even has a bonus quiz in the back of how to find out your inner Japanese girl style haha^^ -but it gives you your perfect match^^ it's really cool- then it tells you where to buy stuff for that style^_^ omg it's such a great book ;3 if i could let you borrow mine i would! ^_^; ) anyway, i hope you get your book soon!!
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sooo cool!! i saw the preview on amazon but a few rating were iffy... it sounds really cool!! i can't wait to get it now!! we should be ordering it tomorrow! I have to get spacers for my braces tomorrow too though... its gonna suck!!
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Posted 3/12/08
Ohhh....Wow...ii was just opened up t a whole new World.! ii mean literally.! ii love the style...&&thanks to the creator.! [[hint hint]] >< ii now like Sifow...she's great &&she is a great role model.! :]
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babiiigurl wrote:

Ohhh....Wow...ii was just opened up t a whole new World.! ii mean literally.! ii love the style...&&thanks to the creator.! [[hint hint]] >< ii now like Sifow...she's great &&she is a great role model.! :]


i kno!! i really luv her too!~!~!^-^
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Posted 10/20/08 , edited 10/20/08
oh wow, this is the first i heard of this deep story... so inspiring, i think i will research it more.
it touches my heart because i also have been struggling for a career that suits who i am.
Parents and people always expect me to be something else,
but now i'm 27, all else has failed and i'm just following my own way.
Follow your gal heart!!
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may i ask your permission to paste the interview or link to this post (with references of course) on another Gal forum? ricoche.net
i think it can inspire many.
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Posted 10/22/08
I would love to go to that school <<33
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