Everyone Is A Bitch In The Women’s World – How To Fight With “Mounting Joshi” Around You

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Everyone Is A Bitch In The Women’s World – How To Fight With “Mounting Joshi” Around You

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Relationships; family, friends, boyfriend or girlfriend, workplace, school… we can’t really runaway from having a human relationship. But what’s most complicating and overwhelming out of these different kinds of relationships is in the “girl (female) world.” For example, the movie, “Mean Girls” is still iconic as the bible for teenage girls to survive in the high-school girl world to today because, “the girl world” don’t really change, even after over 10 years. The girl rules, the cliques, the gossips…the girls need to keep dealing within that girl system and struggle with a drama or two.


In Japan also, there is also the “female battle royale” that goes on, and the term “mounting joshi” have now become common to describe a typical female that you may have come across at your school or workplace.

1. What Is “Mounting Joshi”?

The term “mounting” comes from the nature of the monkeys, as they fight over to climb over on top when they create a ranking and a leader of the herd. From there, the term became the meaning of “to rank social status” or “to grade others’ status”  amongst females, and say things that remind you that she is better than you. This term has originated from the book by the collaboration of essayist, Kamiko Inuyama and manga author, Yukari Takinami titled, “Onna wa egao de naguriau (Women punch each other with smiles).” This book has stroke a chord with many young Japanese females that they have experienced at a high rate at school, workplace, party, or just social gathering.


Onna wa Egao de Naguriau

Also, the television drama series, “FIRST CLASS,” starring Erika Sawajiri, portrayed how the young, Japanese females work at a fashion magazine publisher and reach to the success. But with having Kamiko Inuyama’s book as a main theme, the drama series became more popular because of it’s precise depiction of the “mounting joshi” battle royale at a workplace, having it’s catch phrase, “Everyone, is the Bitch.” This popularity had it run to second season.


FIRST CLASS 1st Season Key Visual

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FIRST CLASS 2nd Season Key Visual (Photos by Leslie Kee)

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The series depicts the backstage and the human relationship in order to be successful in the fashion industry. Not just Erika Sawajiri as fighter-type heroine in the series, also Nanao, has gained her popularity through this series with her acting as an “ice queen” at the workplace, trying to drag down protagonist from her steps to success. Nanao’s very cold, and intense acting seemed too realistic, that the viewers have led to a discussion whether she’s really not acting.

“FIRST CLASS” made it more prominent “mounting” as a “female behavior.” As for me, watching this series in real-time on air, was fun to watch it as each characters’ fashion style, but also to notice some these characters as someone who you can specifically identify in your life.

2. Aspects of “Mounting” Phrases To Watch Out

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Grad student in Tokyo. Born in Tokyo, raised in New York, studied in London. My interests lies in Tokyo's urban street cultures and girls cultures,rock music, fashion and manga. Just livin' it up :)

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