The Galo Dream

Since Gal-os want freedom in their lives, they never want to be typical Japanese salarymen. Gal-os would prefer to become, for an example, a teacher: One of the reasons, as one Gal-o pointed out, is to help guide and lead other kids. More importantly, the perception that teachers have long summer holidays and short working hours is what attracts them, and most are too shallow to understand the need for responsibility. A life of freedom, no hard work and lots of fun is their primary aim - not exactly possible as a salaryman.

TYPICAL PROFILE OF A GAL-O Age: 15-22

Occupation: High school student, freeter, shop assistant, apprentice worker

Area: Shibuya

Social Places: Clubs, convenience stores

Interests: Organising parties, Manga, Play Station, chatting with

Ko-Gals

Sports: Surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding Music: Hip-hop, J-pop

Values: Street life, the "gang", happy-go-lucky, tribalism

Street shots of Gal-os in Tokyo

Street shots of Gal-os in Tokyo

THE KODAWALER • Japanese street fashion

"Kodawaler" comes from the Japanese term "koda-waru"(df£fc5),^which means to be uptight about almost everything. Kodawalers can be described as a certain type of girl, one who is particular about individual expressions, her own street identity and cultural freedom.

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