A major gathering of the Japanese shironuri subculture was held in Tokyo recently. Many of the most well-known names in the shironuri scene converged on Harajuku – from all over Japan – for the Spring 2013 “White Face Monster Party”. Shironuri is a relatively rare style on the street, even in Harajuku. So when we were invited to attend an event with more than sixty shironuri, we knew that it was going to be amazing!
“Shironuri” means “painted white”, and originally referred to the traditional makeup worn by Japanese geisha, maiko, and kabuki performers. Modern shironuri wear the traditional white face makeup, but beyond that common element, their styles are varied. Shironuri styles at the “White Face Monster Party” were influenced by vintage fashion, kawaii, gothic, horror, nature, anime, decora, masquerade, rave culture, and many other sources.
Some of the shironuri who we recognized at “White Face Monster Party” included No 96 (a makeup artist from Osaka who creates & wears movie-quality makeup and masks), Tsunoshi (an artist and one of the most visible Tokyo shironuri), Minori (a nature-themed shironuri and artist), Bazookistan (Tokyo Decadance), Kaze Taka (Tokyo Decadance), Uri (Harajuku Fashion Walk), and Ruru (Harajuku Fashion Walk). There were so many shironuri in attendance that it would be impossible for us to mention all of them by name.
The “White Face Monster Party” was a visual event – so rather than reading about it, please check all of our exclusive pictures and video directly from Harajuku. The shironuri girls and guys put in so much effort into their fashion, hair, and makeup. We’re happy to be able to share that with those of you that couldn’t see it in person. Remember, you can click on any of the photos to see them in high resolution!
Japanese Shironuri Meetup in Harajuku Video
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Japanese Shironuri Meetup in Harajuku Pictures
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A big thank-you to Tsunoshi, Minori, No 96, Bazookistan, Kaze Taka, Uri, Ruru, and all of the other friendly shironuri girls and guys that we met at the event!
Photos by Kira.
About the photographer:
Born in Japan, educated in Japan and the US, Kira shoots exclusively with Canon DSLRs. Photography assignments include fashion, bands, sporting events, and portraiture for various companies and bands throughout Japan & the world. His portfolio can be viewed at Artist-Photo.