These images explore the Japanese concept of Kawaii, which is the unique Japanese cultural phenomenon of love of all things cute. Kawaii can mean childish, innocent, loveable, round. It also infers that anything Kawaii is helpless and needs to be taken care of. We see this concept permeating in Japanese culture; from the popularity of Hello Kitty, to Animae characters with disproportionately large, round eyes and big heads. This is also expressed as Ero-Kawaii, which is an odd blend of sexy cute. The phenomenon of the maid café expresses this dimension of it; where young women dress and act like little girls while wearing frilly, French maid costumes.
|Photo Location:||Tokyo, Japan|
|Camera:||Canon EOS 7D Mark II|
|Copyright:||© Alexandra Buxbaum|