Why do young Japanese guys have such girly haircuts etc?

Just like the UK in the 70’s, when macho guys started wearing high heels and make up, the main male fashion leaders in Japan are gay but not out (SMAP etc.)

Gaijin explained Part One

Why do gaijin (foreign) guys who could never score at home always link up in Japan?
Popular theories usually mention how sad the average Japanese salaryman is and the gaijin boyfriend being just a fashion accessory, free English conversation partner or novelty item for a Japanese girl to impress her friends with. Other possibilities include the Japanese girlfriend feeling freer due to not being restricted by the Japanese language (no way to say I love you in normal Japanese conversation!) and his family being several thousand miles away.

I believe the main reason is that the gaijin male quickly convinces himself that he can throw off his lack of success at home, and so he does- i.e. purely the power of postive thinking and self-belief. Any unusual social skills that still hang around from his old life can also be passed off as being a foreigner or other cultural or language misunderstandings.

There is also the general question of why outsiders instantly become better dating prospects in almost every society, which is possibly tied into the desireability of bringing other genes into the limited gene pools that the often isolated groups of early humans would have been.

More on Gaijin on the Gaijin explained page.

Welcome to Japan Explained

This blog is mainly a collection of the questions I have had since I arrived in Japan four and a half years ago that I found plausible, interesting and/ or amusing explanations to from reading, speaking to people or my own pondering- along with a few questions that other people have asked me. If you have your own questions or pet theories, please leave a comment after any entry. If this gives you are taste for even more Japan trivia, please see my other Japan-themed blog- QuoteJapan.