Hello everyone. Today, I want to delve into the characteristics generally associated with ‘cute’ women, from a Japanese perspective. Let’s explore the general image held in Japanese society regarding ‘cuteness,’ including specific examples.
1. Neat Appearance
‘Neatness’ is one of the symbols of cuteness in Japan. Brightly colored clothes and simple designs are preferred to give an innocent and pure impression. Also, large eyes and beautiful skin are included in a ‘neat’ appearance. Characters with these features are often portrayed in anime and manga.
2. Polite Attitude
In Japan, actions that show respect to others are incredibly important. For example, giving up your seat on a train or using the appropriate honorific language when addressing others are considered essential characteristics for Japanese women. Politeness not only smoothes relationships with others but also shows one’s personal dignity.
3. Bright Personality
A cheerful and energetic personality is also a part of cuteness in the eyes of the Japanese. Japanese media, particularly television and movies, often portray female characters with constant smiles. They radiate positive energy, winning the affection of viewers.
4. Soft Hairstyles
Hairstyles are also a crucial factor that forms the ‘cuteness’ of women. In Japan, long hair with soft curls is especially favored. This symbolizes softness and femininity, a style often seen on young women, idols, and fashion magazines.
5. Adorableness and Innocence
Adorableness and innocence, such as genuine interest in things and a pure smile, are elements related to ‘cuteness.’ Especially, the excitement over new experiences and pure smiles when moved are the symbols of ‘cuteness’ often depicted in Japanese media.
The age considered ‘cute’ varies from person to person, but the social image is generally late teens to early twenties. However, even beyond this age, one can enhance their inner ‘cuteness’ by loving and caring for themselves.
7. Gestures Preferred by Men
Gestures by women that Japanese men find cute include shining eyes while speaking, small hand movements, and the act of expressing opinions despite shyness. Also, gestures showing gratitude with a smile are received favorably.
8. Height and Body Shape
Generally, a height in the late 150 cm to early 160 cm is considered ‘cute.’ In terms of body shape, a slim and healthy figure is preferred.
These features only reflect a part of the general image. Not all Japanese women fit into this, nor does everyone find these features ‘cute.’ ‘Cuteness’ is born from the unique charm each woman has, which comes not only from appearance but also from within and from their personality.
Conclusion: Embracing the Diversity of ‘Cuteness’
‘Cuteness’ comes from the unique charm that each woman possesses. Respecting each individual’s personality and diversity, and cherishing the ‘cuteness’ each person feels, is a step towards a more enriching and inclusive society. The definition of ‘cuteness’ is not uniform; it is rooted in individual values as well as social images.