by Jason Bigman
Posted on April 15, 2014 at 12:00 AM.
If you consume Japanese media or have ever been to Japan, you definitely seen them: the big blonde hair, the copious amounts of make-up, the blazé expression, the squatting. But gyaru, as the adherents of this social trend are called, are much more than lazy culture-fixated youth. Learn more about this unique aspect of modern Japanese culture and its wide-reaching influence in this episode.
ギャル (gyaru) - "gals", a Japanese sub-culture
安室奈美恵（あむろなみえ - amuro namie）- a famous Japanese pop artist
渋谷（しぶや - shibuya）- a neighborhood in Tokyo
ギャル語 (ぎゃるご - gyaru go) - gyaru "language"
渋谷弁 (しぶやべん - shibuya ben) - Shibuya slang
KY - socially awkward
ハピバ - "happy birthday"
ー明けましておめでとうございます、今年もよろしくお願いします - "Happy New Year, I hope you have a good year this year as well."
マジで (maji de) - really?
パラパラ (para para) - a Japanese trance dance
コギャル (ko gyaru) - a more aesthetically extreme type of gyaru
ガングロ (ganguro) - the most aesthetically extreme type of gyaru
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