kogal

(redirected from Kogyaru)

kogal

(ˈkəʊɡæl)
n
(Peoples) informal (in Japan) a teenage girl or young woman noted for her busy social life and her purchase of designer clothes, accessories, and the latest electronic gadgets
[C20: possibly from Japanese ko small, child + gal1]
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In the 1990s and early 2000s it was the figure of the kogyaru "cool girl" that was most frequently associated with enjo kosai, easily identified by their loose socks, distinctive hair and makeup, and rolled up school skirts.
Nao's diary entry describes her appearance in terms that are representative of the kogyaru figure, noting the five pierced holes in her ear, loose socks which need pulling up, and a very short skirt which "sits neatly on the tops of [her] thighs." When she notices a greasy-haired otaku (3) salaryman watching her, she coyly lets her hair "fall modestly across [her] face," noting that she is both simultaneously creeped out and amused by his interest in her.
The teenage kogal (or kogyaru) street style of the 1990s--with dyed hair, tanned face, short skirt, and loose socks--symbolized rebellion.
When she was a high school student, she said, ''I was a 'kogyaru' and studied nothing.''
A kogyaru is a fashion- and peer-conscious girl in her teens or early 20s.
They are a class all their own, distinguishing themselves from a generation of ''kogyaru'' teens who used to stand out among pedestrians in the street by putting on bizarre makeup and wearing platform shoes.