Shokotan's Cicadas

By: Alex Covert - Published: Aug 20, 2008 • References: japanator
In Japan, wearing dead bugs on your head is becoming the cool thing to do among younger fashionistas.

Shoko Nakagawa or Shokotan, as she is more often referred to, is a Japanese idol. No, not the singing competition. Wikipedia says, "In Japanese culture idol refers to mostly female media personalities in their teens and early twenties who are considered particularly cute and pretty and who will, for a period ranging from several months to a few years, regularly appear in the mass media."

What makes Shokotan an idol? From what I can gather, she's loony. Think Steve-o off of Jackass. Case in point - check out her love of cicada exoskeletons. She frequently dons the crispy insect coverings as accessories. Will this catch on, you think?