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Visual kei (ヴィジュアル系, vijuaru kei?, lit. "visual system, lineage, group") refers to a movement among Japanese musicians, that is characterized by the use of eccentric, sometimes flamboyant looks. This usually involves striking make-up, unusual hair styles and elaborate costumes, often, but not always, coupled with androgynous aesthetics. Some sources state that Visual Kei refers to a music genre, or to a sub-genre of J-rock (a term referring to Japanese rock in general ), with its own particular sound, related to glam-rock, punk and metal, and with strong emphasis on its unique style of dress;     and some sources state that Visual Kei's unique clothing and make-up fashions, and participation in the related sub-culture, is equally as important as the sound of the music itself in the use of the term.  
Asia is quite hip these days in Berlin. Our colleague Sebastion Dahlstroem went to a recent Japan Festival and was really thrilled. He caught up with Japanese Rockband Girugamesch and found out about Japanese designer and DJ Takuya Angel from Tokyo who is pretty involved in the Visual Kei scene, which is becoming increasingly popular with young Germans. And if you want to know what all this is about: here's Sebastian with the answers..