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Kigurumin
Kigurumin

Kigurumi is the Japanese name for costumed performers who represent cartoon characters, often animals. The name comes from the Japanese verb kiru (to wear) and noun nuigurumi (Stuffed Toy). These performers appear at shopping malls, theme parks, and anime conventions. The costumed characters found in Disneyland, on children's shows such as Barney the Dinosaur, and roaming the sidelines of sports events as mascots are also included in the Japanese term kigurumi. Frequently their appearance serves a festive promotional purpose and they are often employed to entertain audiences of children. It is also a style of Japanese street fashion, employing kigurumi costumes as personal dress. Popular outfits include Pikachu, Winnie the Pooh, Hello Kitty, elephants, dinosaurs, dogs, cows, pigs, and pandas. Kirugumi at promotional events are known in English as "splash mascots."

kigurumi employs full-body animal pajamas with hoods or hats styled after animals or cartoon characters. Called "disguise pajamas", the clothing is normally worn non-commercially as Japanese street fashion. The wearers are referred to in Japan as kigurumin. The clothing does not function as a performance costume. The pajama outfits tend to be made of thin material and conform to the body in the manner of normal clothing. The hoods or caps do not cover the face.

Disguise pajamas can be purchased from a number of retailers. Preference is for creatures widely regarded as cute: cats, bears, dogs, rabbits and the like, with preference for characters found in TV shows, anime, and movies. Popular characters include Pokémon creatures such as Pikachu, InuYasha animals such as Kirara, Disney creations, and other well-known characters such as Jack Skellington (Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas) and Stitch (Lilo and Stitch).

Like most japanese street styles, kigurumi mostly listen to jPop, this style also has links with Gyaru and cosplay.

Image from deviantart, info -save for my random additions- from wikipedia.


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