I'm pretty sure I posted this video to this blog before, but in honor of Twintail Day I thought it would be a great way to kick off this post.
You see, Japan loves having special days in addition to all of the holidays it celebrates. The Kobe Beef Burger I tried last week was released on January 29th. 2, 9. Ni ku. Niku. The Japanese word for meat. Get it?
And 2/2 is a bit easier, what with all the "2" s of course. Recognized as an official Day by the Japan Anniversary Association since 2012, Twin Tail Day is a chance to show off the growing popularity of what might be the cutest hairstyle ever. Check out some pics on Twitter with this link . And before you ask, yes, there IS an official Twin Tail website (in Japanese) .
When I think of twin tails in America, all that comes to mind are Pippi Longstocking and Punky Brewster (wow, I forgot all about Punky Brewster until just now). But yes, a very large number of girls and women wear their hair in the various twin tail styles.
Did you know there are three styles of twin tails?
Sailor Moon (way above) and Mayu Watanabe of AKB48 are two good examples of the rabbit or crescent style. These tails come from a high point on the head.
Pippi Longstocking and idol / actress / singer Yuko Ogura are representative of the traditional style, starting around ear height.
And finally, the country style is a lower tail set, originating around the neck, and the Twin Tail Project identifies Anne of Green Gables as an example. Do not ever say this blog is not educational! Which is your favorite style, or favorite twin tail wearer? (This should make for interesting comments ...)