Discuss the influence of Japanese fashion design on young people in Thailand. What implications does this influence have for the Thai fashion industry?
In the past few years, Japanese fashion has grown very popular among Thai teenagers. Siam Square is a local urban area located in the centre of Bangkok, where one can see many groups of people with different international style trends, such as Japan fashion. Currently Thai teenagers dress in Japanese fashion, just like those in Japan’s, Harajuku , which is a popular fashion street and common centre for young people in Tokyo. This essay will discuss how the impact of current Japanese fashion has a strong influence on the youth fashion and what implications it has on Thailand’s fashion industry.
Many young Thai people have become accustomed to Japanese influence and that has significant impacted to Thai society. It is apparent that huge trend towards Japanese fashion is increasing everyday because Thai teenagers have more information to receive and they want to emulate this trend in order to update their fashion. One important source of Japanese style comes from comics. Japanese comics have come popular in Thailand for decades; it is rare to find Thai children who have not read some type Japanese comic. As Winitra Nualla-ong, a newspaper columnist specializing in cartoons and comics, stated “Japanese cartoons are the reflection of Japanese society and culture. Thai kids are imitating them by reading the comics…”. (www.findarticles.com)
Another example of cultural exchange is through the media. Japanese music bands and singers have become idols just by the way they present their styles through their songs, music videos and concerts. Also Thai entertainment has started to promote Thai music bands and singers, who have a Japanese-looking style. Somkiet Ariyachaipanich, a producer from Bakery Music Co., said he thinks that the Japanese are the best in creating teenage idols. (www.findarticles.com)