Twintail Day

Twintail Day

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Twintail Day (Japanese: ツインテールの日) is a Japanese holiday held annually on February 2nd, during which otakus celebrate the "Twintail" hairstyle on social media.


The twintail, also known as "bunches"[1] or "pigtails"[2], is an iconic hairstyle in otaku culture due to its frequent appearance in anime, manga and video game titles. The Sailor Moon franchise is often credited with initially popularizing the hairstyle worn by the protagonist Usagi Tsukino in the early 1990s. Additionally, the twintail became prominent in the Japanese female idol scene throughout 1990s-2000s.

In December 2011, the Japanese fashion designer-photographer and the president of a company Laugh Valley Kan Furuya launched the company Japan TwinTail Association. The following month on February 2nd, 2012, the holiday Twintail Day was registered with the Japan Anniversary Association.[3]


On February 2nd, 2012, Japan TwinTail Association opened its official website TwinTail Project Japan,[4] which featured photographs of the hairstyle worn by young female models. The launch of the association was reported by Japanese online gossip news media[5] as well as the English language news sites Anime News Network[6], Kotaku[7] and Culture Japan.[8] Since 2013, Twitter users have been posting Twintail selfies and cosplay photos along with the hashtag #ツインテールの日.[9] Additionally, many Twintail Day illustrations have been uploaded to Pixiv[10] and Nico Nico Seiga.[11] Meanwhile, professional models and idols have frequently participated in the event by posting Twintail Day-themed photos on Twitter and Instagram.[12]

Search Interest

Twintail day in Japanese has small spikes in every November. This is because November 22nd is also celebrated as "Good Twintail Day" ( いいツインテールの日 or いいツインテの日) by some people. It is based on the same manner or wordplay to that of Good Knee High Socks Day which reads "11" as "Good" or "Happy".

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[1] Wikipedia – Bunches

[2] Wikipedia – Pigtail

[3] Japan Anniversary Association – Twintail Day (Japanese)

[4] Japan TwinTail Association (Japanese)

[5] ITmedia Netlab – 「ツインテールこそ正義」 全身全霊をかける「日本ツインテール協会」の熱い思い / 03-28-2012 (Japanese)

[6] Anime News Network – Twin Tail Project Japan Site Launched on Twin Tail Hair Day / 02-02-2012

[7] Kotaku – Japan's Love Affair with Pigtails / 12-17-2012

[8] Culture Japan – Twin Tail Day / 02-02-2014

[9] Twitter Search – #ツインテールの日

[10] Pixiv – Search results for ツインテールの日

[11] Nico Nico Seiga – Search results for ツインテールの日

[12] Instagram – Search results for #ツインテールの日

[13] Twitter Search – #twintailday

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