How Does the Japanese Culture View Blonde Hair?

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This is a question that so many pople have been wondering about. Many people haven’t really taken notice of this before, but it seems that there are some negative connotations with blonde hair in Japan. For example, in Japanese anime, even though the entire spectrum is fair game for hair color, very few Japanese characters exhibit blonde hair, and it’s usually reserved.

Don’t confuse Anime with reality, first. There is hardly anyone who dyes hair in blue or purple in Japan. As for Blonde, delinquent boys and girls often dye their hair in Blonde. It’s because they want to show that they are “outsiders” in Japan to show disobedience to Japanese society. “Yankee” is a slang which means “bad boys or girls” in Japan because they often dye their hair in Blonde. A yankee is simply a subculture that was popular in Japan in the 80′s and 90′s. They were characterized by punch perms or pompadours, shaved eyebrows, altered school uniforms, popping squats, being poor students and causing violence or trouble. Although it is said some yankee would be recruited into the yakuza, or Japanese organized crime, this is not always true. Many yankee simply joined the regular workforce and lived regular, productive lives after high school. Being a yankee was simply a way to enjoy youth and lash out at society similar to the punk rock movement in the West.

Despite of delinquent boys, Japanese know that Hollywood stars also have Blonde hair. This time, Blonde hair could be a subject of respect among Japanese, for those with non-Japanese origins.

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