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10 Ways to Experience 'Danso' Culture

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Danso—women dressing and performing as men—has been an element of Tokyo girls’ underground culture for years, but with a recent boom in otaku visibility, danso has become more and more popular. Especially big among young women who see danso as the ideal too-perfect-to-be-true guy, danso is even becoming popular among men who can learn a thing or two from their cool style.

The world of danso exists in the 2.5 Dimension—halfway between two-dimensional manga protagonists and real people. This dreamworld might seem distant, but you can experience it anywhere through danso idols and fashion magazines, or check it out in person at select Tokyo cafés, bars and clubs.

Want to know the details? Head on over to Tokyo Girls' Update below to find all the top danso idol groups (like The Hoopers, above) and cool Tokyo danso locations!

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