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Oshare kei Fan
Oshare kei Fan

”Oshare Kei” is a sub-set of Visual Kei that began to appear in Japan around 2001. Oshare means “stylish” or “fashionable”. (the literal translation is “fashion conscious”) Visual Kei is a music genre that began in the late 1980s and was popular during the Japanese “Band Boom” of 1988 - 1998. It was the vocalist of the band (now disbanded) Baroque who is said to be the creator of Oshare Kei. Other bands have developed the style into the Oshare Kei we know today. You can see the Baroque PV ANAKURO FILM, where the vocalist Ryou shows the beginning of the style oshare kei.

To begin with, Visual Kei was considered too 'dark' by the Japanese public, and Oshare Kei was created as a more 'family friendly' version of Visual, in non-asian terms, think of Visual as something like Punk, and Oshare as Pop-Punk or Avril.

Oshare Kei music in itself, tends to be more Pop-ish and more positive than most visual, especially the lyrics, which normally deal with relationships and love.

Oshare Fashion is a lot like Visual, but aims less to be shocking or dark, and more for innocence. As a rule, the basics of Oshare are a lot like visual, but with several 'cutsie' distinctions- Visual tends to be either all black, or black and red, where as Oshare may ionclude accents of fluffy light colors, often pink. Arm warmers, waistcoats, shorts, boots, stripy socks, mini top hats/lolita alice bows and cross-overs with other japanese fashions, particualrly Gothic Lolita, Harajuku and Decora, are common in the world of Oshare.

Make-up and hair for Oshare kei tend to be more cutsie versions of visual kei, and also slightly toned done versions.

Oshare kei, unlike visual, should not include elements purely for shock value, such as vinyl, chains, thigh boots, stage make-up, and anything that would be useds in BDSM. The Oshare style is very much the same for men as it is for women.

Examples of Oshare Kei bands are An Cafe/Antic Cafe, Milphinne, Clavier, HeaRt, Vinett, HenzeL, Ichigo 69, Shelly trip realize, Charlotte, and the now disbanded Barouque.

First Paragraph from Abelarde.com, all other info by me. Image found on Deviantart.




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