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B-style: the Japanese version of black American culture
Posted 12/21/11
Something I found while browsing the Internet that I thought was interesting. To be honest, I had no clue that such a thing existed until now, yet it seems to have been going on for awhile.

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Apparently to some in Japan, being black is more than a skin color: it’s an image, a lifestyle so to speak, which is greatly influenced by American Hip Hop and Rap culture.

Meet Hina: who’s pretty much the embodiment of “black lifestyle” or “b-style” for short.





Hina works at a trendy Tokyo boutique called Baby Shoop. Their tagline is “Black for life.” The hip-hop admirer considers the shop to be a “tribute to Black culture and also to their music, fashion and dance.” Hina admits, “Part of B-style is that you do not look Japanese.” While rejecting aspects of mainstream beauty standards, namely the glorification of pale skin, these young women make it a point to darken their skin not just appear sun kissed, but to emulate the deep brown hues of Black women. “All of Baby Shoop’s shop girls do deep tanning,” the narrator claims, including Hina. The B-Style maven said her affinity towards Black American culture began when her hair started to get frizzy in high school, while flipping through Source Magazine she said, “Then I looked at Black artists, and I found them very cool.”

Read more at the link provided: http://www.clutchmagonline.com/2011/11/b-style-japanese-youth-reject-convention-in-the-pursuit-of-blackness/

Or you can watch the interview with Hina here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Qe4AZRkFYE

Of course, I find it nice that there are those that are so enthralled with the so called "black American culture", but I have to say that such perceptions are merely superficial and contrary to popular belief, do not represent us as a whole. There is way more to black culture than just Hip Hop and Rap, just like there's way more to Japanese culture than anime (weeaboos, I'm looking at you). Either way, I can tell that their intentions are in the right place…no matter how misinformed they may be.


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Posted 12/21/11
Fuck yeah japan!!
Posted 12/21/11
LOL. "Black for life." It's no longer a race, but a trend. I'm not so much flattered as I am disturbed.
Posted 12/21/11
I see... Now I understand why japanese like having their hair braided.
Posted 12/21/11
Good for them
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Posted 12/21/11
eh, not much to say. i just don't like tan beds in general. sun tan looks alot better. but im not ganna judge any further than this.
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Posted 12/21/11
*facepalm*
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Posted 12/21/11
I've seen them, and to be honest I'm very flattered. I mean here in America we've got so many assholes copying them, the fact they'd bother to copy us is kinda nice. The style itself is idiotic and really judging somebody by their skin -even in a positive way- is just superficial and insincere, but it's the thought that counts.
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Posted 12/21/11

AntiHumanity wrote:

*facepalm*


Yes, thank you.

There's nothing wrong with giving African American culture some love, even by emulation, but don't forget who you are, ruin your skin and come off as extremely capricious all at the same time. As mentioned, I'm sure their intentions are nothing short of good-natured but this will surely be only a phase in their life and I just feel that, even with the deep respect I have for black culture, their efforts could have been used more appropriately.

Posted 12/22/11 , edited 12/22/11
they're not human
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Posted 12/22/11
I don't know how I feel about that.

I appreciate how respectful they're trying to be particularly in regards to the black woman as an object of beauty (which, mind you, black women don't get close to as much love as other races of women), but I think that's it's extremely disturbing the way that they're going about it.

With that said, B-style is old as fuck.
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Posted 12/22/11
wow, so they arent gangoro?
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Posted 12/22/11

wingz74 wrote:

wow, so they arent gangoro?


You might want to learn the difference between 'Ganguro' and 'Gyaru'.

They're a branch of 'Gyaru', much in the same way that Ganguro is a dead-as-hell branch of 'Gyaru'.
Posted 12/22/11
And I was just born as the new prophet.
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Posted 12/22/11
Oh fucking really?
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