Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The Substyles Mini Series: Mori Lolita


Welcome to the last post in this series! Today we are looking at the short-lived fad, mori lolita. This will be the shortest post in this series, but it has often been requested, so I figured it was about time to talk about it.

HISTORY

Unlike mori gyaru, which, although spawned from two separate styles, had its own community, mori lolita remained only a spin-off to both genres that it shares a name with. Most who wore the fashion were fully into lolita or mori fashion, although more often lolita than mori. This meant that those who did create coordinates only made a few inspired by both styles here and there. Very few, if any, made it their sole fashion of choice. This is what contributes to its lack of notoriety on the internet, as well as how few examples of the style actually exist. 

Also, because it was a short-lived fringe style, it never had any set rules or a checklist. Rather, each person who wore the style was free to create their own interpretation of the blending of the two styles. There was a small post by Misselthwate Manor here on what mori lolita could consist of, trying to classify the style, but it was by no means a guideline for what the style had to be, and never really caught on.

THE FASHION


Mori lolita is much more similar to lolita than mori, although it does share some similarities with mori kei, giving it its name. Those similarities can include greater use of lace, more layers than would be seen in lolita (usually consisting of sweaters or shawls and maybe a few skirt layers or lacey scarves), natural color palettes, and more natural fabrics.

The similarities to lolita are much more obvious in a mori lolita outfit. In fact, from a glance, it would be easy to miss the fact that these coordinates are mori anything. But it is impossible to miss the lolita aspect of these coordinates.

The easiest way to describe the look and tie to lolita fashion in mori lolita would be to say that while mori lolita may look somewhat mori, it always looks like lolita first. For example, mori lolita still uses the traditional bell or cupcake lolita shape for dresses, as well as using the traditional JSK as a focus for the coordinate. JSK's in mori lolita do tend to be neutral, or contain forest themed prints, but are ultimately still lolita pieces repurposed in a more mori fashion.

In addition to the prominent use of JSK's, many aspects of "mori" in mori lolita coordinates often already exist in other lolita substyles, so although they work for a blending of the two styles, it can be easy to mistake some mori lolita coordinates for another lolita style, like country lolita for example. However, not all styles are so subtle, and some have taken the mori aspect, especially lace, to a more extreme. However, most have not, and remain subtle homages to mori fashion.

POPULARITY


As previously mentioned, mori lolita was a short-lived style, and its popularity boomed and died quickly. Although the exact dates are unclear, I personally remember it coming into popularity towards the end of mori kei's boom, and lasting only a few years or so. But the name of the substyle has still remained somewhat well-known in both mori and lolita communities. However, not many outfit pictures exist of the style. In fact, most iterations of the style were from the international community, and many have since been deleted. Although it is possible that some still do wear the style, it has certainly lost the widespread appeal that it had for a short time.

Have you heard of mori lolita? Do you like it or wear it? It is not a style I personally wear, but I did enjoy looking at coordinates of it many years ago when I was interested in lolita fashion. 

I hope you enjoyed this short little series my deers! Until next time!



For more information on mori substyles, check out the posts below:



Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Mori Music Finds: Misc (6)

Hello my deers! I have another music related post for you all today! Another various collection of songs. I hope you enjoy!

1) Ljósið by Ólafur Arnalds: This instrumental piece was shared with me by a fellow mori girl, and I've come to love it. It is so relaxing, with a bit of melancholy. A lovely listen.



2) Edelweiss (cover) by The Honey Trees: I love the Sound of Music, and I love the song Edelweiss. It holds a lot of nostalgia for me. This cover is one of the best I've ever heard. It's so raw, beautiful, and gives it a bit of an interesting indie spin.



3) 眠る猫 (Nemuri Neko/Sleeping Cat) by イノトモ (Inotomo): I can't remember how I found this song, but I love it. It's super cute and relaxing, and I can't help but hum along!



4) See You In My Dream by Linus' Blanket: I've always loved the Korean band Linus' Blanket. Their music has that charming, coffee shop feel. It's another relaxing listen.



5) Lavender Tea by KB Melody: KB Melody is a small youtube channel that I discovered by accident a while back. They make lovely instrumentals of all different genres. This song remains one of my favorites of theirs. It's charming.



Have you ever heard any of these songs before? If so, how did you like them? If not, I hope you enjoyed them! Happy listening!


Saturday, September 7, 2019

The Substyles Mini Series: Mori Boy


Today we are continuing the substyles mini-series with another well-known substyle, mori boy! This style was established both in Harajuku in the early days of mori kei, and refined by those abroad. It is one of the smallest mori substyles, but still has some active participants. Although most mori boys are not active sharing photos on social media these days, they do still exist, and the style is still well known.

THE FASHION

Mori boy fashion was originally defined by many of the traditional mori trends that were common on the streets of  Harajuku. The style has less of a focus on lace than mori girl, and has more of a mountain man look.

Similar to the original fashion style, mori boy does feature prominent layers, usually in the form of multiple shirts, sweaters, and scarves. The style also has a natural color palette, and a focus on natural fabrics. Furs were also often seen, as well as caps and baggy pants.



Moi boy style has been added to and changed over time by the international community. These days, it is widely accepted that some more simple styles with less layering and more hipster fashions (see flannel) are also acceptable for mori boy. Because of the style's small community, those who do wear the style are free to create the style as they see fit.

THE "CHECKLIST"



There is an unofficial checklist for mori boy created by penandplanchette. I remember reading this post back in the day when it was posted, but it never really caught on and was created more for fun than anything else. It is much more intense and detailed than the actual mori checklist, but I thought I would include it here for those interested in the style to take a look.
Styling:
+ enjoys looking comfortable yet eccentric, through use of eclectic patterns & textures
+ while colors range from light to dark, they are likely to be unsaturated, seemingly bleached by the sun or having a worn-in look
+ likes to wear interesting fibers, like: fur, leather&suede, wool, linen, bamboo
+ prefers more detailed fabrics to simple ones, like a textured knit to stockinette, or herringbone or tweed to plain weave.
+ shoes are rugged and utilitarian, but can also be a bit stylish. Worn in leather boots and wool topsiders are popular, but mocassins, traditional Japanese sandals and even battered western sneakers like New Balances also work, as long as the color coordinates.
+ wants to look like a wanderer, may accessorize with tools like binoculars or compass'
+ will usually carry a bag, backpacks and large leather or canvas satchels are roomy and sturdy
+ hair can be short to long, but has an unstyled tousled look, bedhead is ok, especially if it's curly
+ loves scarves of the thick and chunky variety, can be knit, felted, or even a fur stole
+ often wears a statement cardigan or jacket, what it is is totally up to personal preference, but is often a major element of the outfit. Common examples are large gauge sweaters, cardigans with patterns or large buttons, or haori with a large printed pattern.
+ likes vintage style, but stays away from the fussier elements of western clothing
Lifestyle
+ enjoys working with hands, hobbies like gardening, crafting, cooking, etc.
+ loves to read, and maybe write, may daydream about vintage typewriters
+ likes animals, and may even look to specific ones for outfit inspiration
+ prefer to appear quiet and wild, mysterious
+ enjoys outings that allow for discovery, like wandering in the country or a new part of town
+ might settle down in a coffee shop for longer than average
+ likes to take photos of adventures, but may lack for photos of themselves (they are behind the camera!)
+ whether openly or not, may believe in fairies and other folkloric characters or spirits
+ has an interest in music, whether playing or listening, especially unusual instruments like harpsichord or ocarina
+ is a collector of objects, usually small things they think are under-appreciated
+ often found in thrift, vintage shops, flea markets
+ enjoys museums, especially ones with dioramas
+ if the choice is present, prefers rustic and wholesome food & drink, not necessarily veg/vegan
+ hot drink connoisseur
Wardrobe Basics
+ try to stick with mostly unsaturated colors like ecru, deep navy or cadet blue, khaki green, burgundy, charcoal, chambray blue, sage, etc. most colors have a place, as long as they can be described as "rustic" or "earthy"
+ brights can be included too, but can be more difficult to stay distinctly "mori"
+ patterned or lightly textured button-down shirts. chambray, flannel, and printed cotton are easy to find.
+ T-shirts with henley neck detailing or waffle texture
+ bold & simple patterned sweater that can go with many outfits, ecru and navy dot or stripe is perfect.
+ bottoms can be most any type of rugged pant, even trousers if they are worn. even wide culotte pants or wrap skirts are fine, just try to keep the forest wanderer element here.
+ good starter bottoms would be straight legged corduroy or denim pants in a khaki or faded blue.
+ this style is not for minimalists, it usually requires layering, even in summer, for the right look. that's not to say you have to wear long pants, socks, cardigan, buttondown etc when its sweltering, but wearing a lot of items at once is almost essential.
+ good starter shoes might be leather boots for cool weather and short desert boots or Birkenstocks for warm weather.
+ since summer is a difficult topic in all mori styles, a nice mori boy summer outfit might be:
- khaki shorts with a leather belt
- interesting crew length socks (to show color or pattern)
- short-sleeve button-down, with a flower or other brooch
- talisman style necklace worn over a shirt
- backpack & watch
- hat (lots of options: straw boater, vintage felt, twill newsboy, etc, again color is important)
- so, you can wear a lot of things but not be all covered up!

MORI BOY OR MORI KEI?



When it comes to talking about mori boy, it is important to know that newer mori folk have moved from the term mori girl to mori kei, and with that move some have also begun to blend mori girl and mori boy fashion as well, placing everything under the ungendered term mori kei. Although some do still separate the style for their personal use, it is generally accepted that just as mori "girl" is not simply for girls, mori "boy" isn't simply for boys. Some argue that the gendered style names should be dropped entirely, but others say the distinction between styles deserves a separate name. 

Have you heard of dark mori? Do you like it or wear it? It is not a style I personally wear, but I have always admired it from afar and would love to see more coordinates out there.

Until next time my deers!

For more information on mori substyles, check out the posts below:

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Mori Music Finds: Misc (5)

Hello my deers! I have yet another mori music post for you all today! I have another collection of individual songs for you this time. Hope you enjoy!

1) Love Your Life by Aki Toyosaki: This song is one of my all-time favorite pick-me-up songs! It is so happy and charming, and it never fails to make me tap my feet and bob along to the music. Aki Toyosaki has such a cute personality as well, and the lyrics of this song are just as cute as she is.


2) Sprout and the Bean by Joanna Newsom: Joana Newsom is not one of my favorite artists, as her voice is quite unique and isn't really for everyone. However, this song is absolutely catchy and a joy to listen to. And Newsom is a master harpist! So the musical accompaniment is amazing. If you find, like me, that you like the song but are not as fond of Newsom's voice (although it does grow on you!) I recommend trying these covers by molliemusicable and Jomanna Newsom. They both take this lovely song and give it their own unique twist, which I love!


3) Sally Gally by John John Festival: John John Festival are an Irish folk style group, similar to tricolor. I actually found this song through my youtube recommendations on a tricolor video! It has a similar folksy, charming feel, and it makes me want to dance along!


4) Hello (Remix) by Table for Two (originally by Adele): Okay, you might be tempted to skip this song because Hello by Adele is such a non-mori mainstream song. But hear me out. Table for Two is a highly talented duo that took this familiar song and completely remade it: tune, instruments, everything. The result is an amazingly underrated masterpiece with beautiful acoustics and a light-indie type tune. It's lovely, fun to listen to, and so much better than the original. Take a listen! I promise you won't regret it!


5) falalafala by kotoringo (コトリンゴ): What can I say about this song except it is fun, beautiful, and absolutely adorable? A good easy listener!


6) Ólafur Arnalds - Ljósið (The Light): This song is so soft and lovely, with a beautiful melancholy feel. I don't know much about the artist, but I've known about this song for such a long time, and it never fails to be a calming piece for me.


Have you ever heard any of these songs before? If so, how did you like them? If not, I hope you enjoyed them! Happy listening!


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The Substyles Mini-Series: Dark Mori



Hello my deers! Welcome to the first post in my new mini-series about mori substyles! I have been meaning to talk more about these substyles in-depth for a long time, but I just never got around to it. Today, I'll be starting off with one of the most well known (and most often misunderstood) substyles, dark mori.

There are a few posts about Dark Mori still floating around the internet, a lot of outfit photos, and the name of the style generally is common in the collective mori consciousness. A few posts I would recommend for more information about the style are Miss Kellie's post, Crow Fairy Laura's post here, one by Milk Teeth here, and one by Carnivale Salt here. However, although it is well known, the specifics about the style are often confusing, and the history of its creation is almost unknown to most.

CREATION

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The history of dark mori is quite interesting. Unlike mori kei, dark mori was not created in Japan, but rather on the internet by western audiences sometime around 2012. The style also appears to never have spread to Japan at all, and there are no street snaps of dark mori, or magazine looks, at least not that I can find. Regardless of its creation, the style is still considered to be an official substyle by almost everyone in the mori community.

The style was actually created by a group of various people on Tumblr and other social media platforms. One person who was well known for helping create the style is Mai Magi (previously known as shortcuttothestars). Eventually, the base ideas for dark mori and those who created it would create a new style, Strega, and leave the dark mori community. However, although they left the community behind rather quickly, the term dark mori and its style still lived on and grew to become almost as well known as mori kei itself.

DARK MORI VS STREGA

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As the official creators of dark mori created the style, they came to realize that many of them desired a different sort of style, one focused less on rules and the silhouette and ideals that are attached to the mori kei style. This led to the creation of Strega fashion, which has now become well known amongst online fashion communities. The style is often confused with dark mori, partially because of their similar origins, and also because of some style similarities. However, Strega officially is quite different from dark mori.

The official description via Mai Magi of Strega is as follows:
  • Strega means witch, and that theme is, therefore, the center of the fashion
  • There are no other rules
  • There are no established color schemes
  • Inspiration is taken from fairytales, folklore, and myth, all things magical and witchy
  • Inspiration is drawn from goth, boho, mori and whatever else you prefer
  • It is different from mori in that it doesn’t have any ties to japan or Japanese street fashion
  • It is different from goth in that it has no inherent ties to goth culture or music
  • NO ONE can demand to know what Strega is or exclude anyone from the fashion or tag! Strega is the witch inside us, coming out through our clothing.

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You can learn more about Strega here if you are interested. But to sum things up, the creators grew tired of the restrictive nature of mori kei, and sought to create a more all-inclusive style. Because of this, Strega outfits may often resemble dark mori. But although Strega can sometimes be dark mori, dark mori cannot be Strega, as it follows the guidelines of traditional mori kei style.

THE FASHION

So what exactly is dark mori? What makes it different from traditional mori kei? The main difference is its focus on dark color schemes, the aspect of the style that gives it its name. Black is by far the most popular color scheme for the substyle, but dark blues, dark reds, and dark browns, as well as white, are all used occasionally.

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Similar to mori, dark mori focuses on the use of lace, many layers, knit fabrics, and natural fabrics. Its silhouette is almost indistinguishable from traditional mori kei, although dark mori outfits may add some "creepy" or "witchy" elements, such as ripped clothing, or witchy stripes. 
Overall, fewer prints are used in the style, with mainly stripes being used if anything. Additionally, more block colors are used in the style than mori, especially in the form of large blocks or continuous color.

DARK MORI CHECKLIST

Those who created the style actually worked together at its inception to create a dark mori checklist The checklist was originally hosted on the now-deleted blog Strega's Forest, which was originally a dark mori blog, that later moved to Strega with a large portion of the community. The checklist has been reuploaded to various blogs, although the original post has been lost over time. I have copied it here for you to read, and have reworded some points slightly for grammar's sake.
  • Style:
    • Wants to look like a witch or a dark fairy from the woods.
    • Likes to wear dark, dusty colors, but also jewel and earthy tones.
    • All white outfits can be pretty for a ghostly look.
    • Vintage clothes are a must.
    • Antique, used, or ragged laces and silks.
    • Flowers, leaves, feathers, or antlers make pretty headpieces.
    • Natural stones, bones, taxidermy and silver jewelry is best.
    • Leather accessories (belts, pouches, cuffs, corsets…)
    • Anything fur related could work.
    • Knitted items are good, and handmade is best.
    • Layering is the key,
    • Medieval, Victorian, Folklore and 1920’s inspirations.
    • Ethnic clothes.
    • Hats are big, quirky and always decorated.
    • Floral patterns and animal prints.
    • Might have some Lolita or Steampunk inspiration
    • Helena Bonham Carter is a great style icon.
    • Dramatic silent movie makeup, tribal paints or very natural looks works fine.
    • Legwear is fun to experiment with. Wearing stripey socks can be used to create a witchy look.
    • Can look flirtatious and seductive at times. Corsets are welcome for this look.
    • Crushed velvet.
    • Prefers dresses and skirts, the longer the better.
    • Shawls, ponchos, and hoods.
    • Laced up boots, pointy shoes, victorian heels, and clogs.
    • Braided hair, messy curls, or dreads are good hairstyles.
  • Lifestyle:
    • Likes anything spooky or creepy.
    • Collects oddities.
    • Might be attracted by witchcraft and esoterism.
    • Might tend to have a natural lifestyle.
    • Believes in Fairies, and Spirits.
    • Crafty girl.
    • Has a familiar/pet, and most likely a cat or rats.
    • A rather solitary girl, kind of an introvert.
    • Might prefer Dark Music scenes, from traditional goth, ambient to Black Metal.
    • Likes Tribal Fusion Dancing.
    • Strangeness over prettiness.
    • Loves books. Old bookstores are a favorite place.
    • Somewhat rebellious, strong-willed and free-spirited, but still ladylike.
    • Romantic and melancholic.
    • Might have little quirks, or superstitions.
    • Loves tea.
    • Folklore, fairytales, legends, and myths from the North are favorites but might like Oriental cultures as well.
    • Loves antiques.
    • Thrifting is a favorite activity.
    • Always thinks "warm and cozy."
    • Might be a bit messy, but always with style.
    • Might drink alcohol on occasions. Mead and spicy wines drunk in a horn, or strong alcohol in a pretty flask.
    • Collects bottles and other glasses.
    • Likes to take walks in the forest, after the rain, at dusk, or event at night.
    • Preraphaelites, Arthur Rackham, William Bouguereau or Brian Froud are favorite artists.
    • Sort of like Mori Kei x Antique Kei x Gothic x Naturalist Kei x Curio…
This list is useful in understanding the basis for the style, but it is by no means official or even widely accepted by the mori community. It is important to note that not even the original creators of dark mori would follow this list religiously, and would pick and choose from these items. Additionally, most of these points came to describe Strega more than dark mori as time went on, leading them to become less relevant to the style.

Have you heard of dark mori? Do you like it or wear it? I find the style quite charming, and I have worn it occasionally. But it is its unique history really interests me. It is interesting to see how much the style has grown and changed over time, and how it has become such a core part of the fashion community!

Until next time my deers!


For more information on mori substyles, check out the posts below:

Friday, August 9, 2019

Almost Mori: What is ナチュラルコーデ (Japanese natural fashion)?



Hello my deers! We have finally made it to the last post in this series. Although I do have a few more mini-series planned to talk about a few more styles related to mori, this is the last "almost-mori" fashion I want to discuss. So, today we will be taking a look at Japanese natural fashion. For the sake of simplicity, I will refer to the style here as natural style, since it is a bit quicker to type.

Natural style is a new, more modern trend in Japan. In some ways, this is the evolution of the mori trend in Japan, and what happens when a more extreme fashion style becomes mainstream. Although it is not directly tied to mori, it is similar enough that I thought it warranted its own post.

THE NAME


The name ナチュラルコーデ (also known as ナチュラルファッション) directly translates to mean "natural code" or "coode" in English. Coode, for those of you who don't know, is a term that means "outfit." It is a newer version of the word coord (or コード),  short for coordinate, that old-school j-fashion communities used to use. The name stands directly for what the style is, a natural fashion, and is the term used to tag outfits in this style on Instagram and other social media.

Although this name can be referred to as a specific style, it is not a "style" in the sense of those that have come out of Harajuku, but rather more of a trend. It follows new ideas and changes with what is popular at the time, and it does not have a community or lifestyle attached to it, unlike other Harajuku styles, or "kei" styles. Although some may argue that mori might not have all of those criteria all of the time, the fact that such things are often attached to the style is what sets it apart from a general trend, especially that it has a community.

CURRENT TRENDS IN JAPAN

The rise of fashions such as natural style are generally tied to what I like to call the "trends movement" that is being experienced across Japan in the fashion world. This describes a general move from Harajuku fashions with lifestyles and communities, to the following of common trends. Of course, trends following has always been a phenomenon in Japan and around the world, but this is a more extreme move, with more and more fashion styles dying out in Japan, and no new fashion styles emerging from Harajuku. There are a few reasons for this, such as the overcrowding of tourists in Harajuku, but it seems that for most there is simply a decline in the popularity of more extreme fashion styles. In some ways, we may be witnessing an end of an era in Japanese fashion.

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To understand the basis of natural style, it is important to briefly note the current fashion trends that are popular in Japan at the moment that help fuel the style. Natural styled trends are currently seeing another rise in popularity in Japan, although it is by no means the first time natural styles have been popular. Past variations of natural trends were popular in the 70s and 80s with more prairie styled trends, as well as in the early 2010s at mori kei's conception. However, they have recently seen a new comeback after a period of falling out of style. Currently, things such as floral patterns, linen and natural fibers, loose-fitting clothing, and natural colors are all popular, many of which are features commonly seen in mori kei as well. For more on current trends, I would recommend watching this video on trends in Japan in 2019 by Annika Victoria. Additionally, a fellow mori girl alerted me to the magazine liniere and their associated brand kuraline that are also popular in spreading the current natural fashion trends.

THE FASHION

As natural style is not a true style, it has no real set rules, rather following common trends that fit into the broad category of "natural fashion." But, because it follows trends, most outfits have a lot of things in common that do tie it together as a recognizable style.


For ways in which it is similar to mori, things such as the use of natural fabrics, a natural color palette, some layering, loose clothing, and an a-line shape stand out. In fact, some coordinates often closely resemble mori coordinates, so that many who live in Japan and wear natural style use both tags to describe the style because of its similarities.

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However, although natural style does have some similarities to mori, it has just as many differences that separate it from mori kei as a style. For instance, natural style focuses intently on fabrics above everything else. For example, to qualify as the style, the outfit has to be composed of natural fabrics. Linen is especially popular in this regard. This is different from mori where natural fabrics are certainly encouraged and praised, but not enforced. Additionally, the style is much more simplistic with a lot less layering, almost to a point of being a minimalist sort of style, as well as featuring more muted tones. I like to think of the style as a diluted version of mori. It shares the base similarities but has dulled it down to a more acceptable and mainstream style.

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A fellow mori girl from the mori discord server, Willow, noted that natural style often resembles outfits from a Studio Ghibli movie. Although there is no way to say for sure, it could certainly be that the style is partially inspired by the popular films.

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Willow described the fashion as "Ghibli heroine inspired," which I think is very accurate. Natural style certainly echoes the fashion of ghibli characters with the focus on loose clothing, natural colors and fabrics, and a folk-like silhouette.

Another fellow mori girl Britni also mentioned to me that the style also fits well with the popularity of the Moomin franchise in Japan. Certainly, the style does have a similar aesthetic to the show.

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For more information on those who wear the style, I was recommended by Britni the accounts yoshiyoshi1009 and __sa.ki_ on instagram. Both accounts are lovely, and I would highly recommend checking them out if you are interested in the style.

THE AESTHETIC


As natural style is not truly a "style," as already established, it has no aesthetic attached to the fashion. However, as a general trend, those who post pictures of themselves wearing this style seem to favor a more nature conscious lifestyle and enjoy some "mori-like" things, such as slower living or nature-based hobbies. However, this is not a requirement for the style, nor is it even directly attached.

A "SISTER STYLE?"

Natural style is technically not connected to mori at all. However, I thought that due to the many aspects of mori that can be seen in the fashion, it is worth mentioning as a sort of modern successor to mori. It is not considered a sister style, or even under the mori umbrella, but it is similar enough to warrant some connection to the style in my opinion.

Have you heard of Japanese natural fashion? Would you ever consider wearing the style? Do you also think it is somewhat similar to mori, or do you think it shouldn't be used in connection to the style? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below, and I hope you enjoyed this post!

Stay tuned for my next series of posts where I will be discussing official mori substyles!




For more information on "Almost Mori" fashion styles, check out the posts below:




Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Mori Music Finds: Misc (4)

Hello my deers! I'm taking another break from my almost mori series to give you another mori music posts! I have another collection of individual songs for you this time. Hope you enjoy!

1) Suddenly by Predawn: This song is both charming and soft in tone, and also in appearance. The music video has such a mori vibe, and I think it is very lovely!


2) Rainy Day by Lucite Tokki: The only word to describe this song is calming. Between the rainy sounds in the background and the cute music, it never fails to cheer me up and relax me!


3)トイレの神様 (Toire no Kamisama) by Kana Uemura 植村 花菜: This soft, acoustic song by Uemura is both lovely and heartbreaking. It follows the real-life story of difficulties between Uemura and her grandmother as she grows up. Although it is rather long, I always find myself listening to it occasionally and humming along, unable to stop listening. It's a lovely, emotional piece, and soothing to listen to.


4) はるのはるか (Faraway Spring) by saskure.uk (cover by Sotte Bosse): This song is soft and melancholy, but quite lovely. I quite prefer it to the original, and I love how they managed to give an older sounding song a new, unique sound.



5) Bloom by The Paper Kites: This song is well known by a lot of mori folk. It's fun and folksy, and the music video is just as mori as the music! It was one of the first "mori" songs recommended to me, and it remains one of my favorites.



Have you ever heard any of these songs before? If so, how did you like them? If not, I hope you enjoyed them! Happy listening!