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Visual kei

Visual kei (Japanese: ヴィジュアル系, Hepburn: Vijuaru Kei, lit. "Visual Style" or "Visual System") is a movement among Japanese musicians, that is characterized by the use of varying levels of make-up, elaborate hair styles and flamboyant costumes, often, but not always, coupled with androgynous aesthetics, similar to Western glam rock.

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V-kei in all black

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Visual kei band Phantasmagoria.

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Visual kei styles in street fashion

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This is singer Atsushi of Buck Tick, an early visual kei band. You can see they are not as elaborate as v-kei bands are today, but still masters of style. Check out their music sometime :)

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V-kei is popular in Japanese street fashion. I love the purple gradations!

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LAREINE is a visual Kei band from the early 1990s.

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V-kei styles are highly elaborate, flamboyant, and sometimes androgynous.This is Kujo Takemasa (male) of the band Kiryu.

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Japanese bands like X-Japan helped popularize Visual Kei styles. This is Heath from X-Japan!

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