This week’s roundup highlights different subcultures seen in Japan. Renowned for colorful, quirky, and whimsical styling and displays, Japan’s subcultures are ostensibly not just a form of cosplay, but a lifestyle. From gothic lolitas to fairy kei and Chicanas, the sources in this reading list offer an abundance of visual presentations of these diverse groups.

Two gothic lolitas sitting on a chain railing in Harajuku, Tokyo, 2005.

Tim T. Two gothic lolitas sitting on a chain railing in Harajuku, Tokyo, 2005. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.