Have you ever heard of the Japanese slang expression “gurokawa?” It’s a combination of the katakana words for grotesque and cute and is used to describe a distinct fashion style or character.
Here are a few “gurokawa” examples.
Gloomy Bear is a cute-looking but violent pink bear that eats humans. The character was created by illustrator Mori Chack.
Gloomy is a little over 6 feet and weighs as much as 2,000 pomegranates. Owned by human Pitty, he’s well trained for the most part, but he can never remember that he’s not supposed to attack humans. Still, a pet owner must take ultimate responsibility for his pets. Recalling warm memories of Gloomy as a cute cub, Pitty tries to lead a life of peaceful co-existence with his pet bear.
There are various Gloomy goods such as cushions,clocks, cups, tissue covers, and so on. Popular fashion brand BEAMS has a line of of stationery in its DRUG STORE BEAMS line. The “gurokawa” items include pens that look like a syringe, eyeballs and bones, a brain keychain, and so on. Other items resemble human body parts and medical instruments. Prices start at 630 yen.
Eyeball Fashion Items
Eyeball fashion items are currently popular because fashion model and singer Kyary pamyu pamyu wears them. Popular items include eyeball bracelets, eyeball rings, elastic eyeballs and eyeball print socks.
Have a look at the Epicurean Garden Website.
Here are some eyeball fashion items below.© Japan Today