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Ahoge is a term that has become increasingly popular in modern Japanese culture, particularly in the realm of anime and manga. It refers to a single strand of hair or two that protrude from the top or back of a character's head, often animated to give the character an extra expressive quality. While it is most commonly used to denote a character that is either clumsy or has an energetic or naive personality, its uses have expanded to include drawing attention to certain traits or features and emphasizing a character's design. One aspect of the ahoge that has not been previously discussed is its cultural significance. In Japanese culture, hair is often seen as an important aspect of a person's identity, and the ahoge can be seen as a visual representation of a character's personality or mood. It is also worth noting that the ahoge is not limited to anime and manga, but has also made its way into other forms of media and even fashion. Another interesting aspect of the ahoge is its potential for symbolism. Depending on the context and the character, the ahoge can represent a variety of emotions or traits, such as innocence, playfulness, or even madness. It can also be used to signify a character's growth or development, as the ahoge may disappear or change over time. Overall, the ahoge is a unique and versatile visual cue that has become a staple in Japanese media and culture. Its significance extends beyond its use in anime and manga, and its potential for symbolism and representation make it a fascinating aspect of character design.

anime, manga, culture, symbolism, character design

Joseph Edwards


Ahoge is a unique term that is used in modern Japanese culture to describe an antenna hair. This is a single lock of hair that sticks up from the scalp of a person, quite literally resembling an antenna. This oddity is often seen as a sign of cuteness, and this concept as a visual cue of attractiveness is seen in many cultures in various forms. Often, it can be seen as a variant of the moe culture, a type of art and media that has become popular in the last few decades, which often revolves around younger characters with an exaggerated cuteness that this antenna hair is a component of.

While the term Ahoge is specific to Japanese culture, there are various equivalents present in many other languages. In Chinese, it could be referred to as the Dragon Horn, in French as Cheveux D'Antenne, in German

Harris Awan


The word “Ahoge” is a Japanese word, which can be classified as an interjection, noun and even an adjective. It is an exclamatory word that can be used to express surprise, shock or joy. A synonymous term would be wow, gasp, shriek, and ooh. Its antonym would be bleh or mumble. Cognates for the word “Ahoge” would be its variants, such as ahogeru, ahogesashite, ahogeta, and ahogetsuku.

Lexical analysis, morphemes, semantic fields, grammatical categories, phonology, morpho-phonemic correspondences, loanwords, language features, semantic meaning, dialects.

George Adrian Postea

CITATION : "George Adrian Postea. 'Ahoge.' Design+Encyclopedia. (Accessed on December 07, 2023)"


The term ahoge is a Japanese term which literally translates as stupid hair. It is a type of hair accessory (usually a single strand of hair) which stands up straight from the top of the head. This commonly appears in anime, manga, and other media. The origin of the term is uncertain, although it appears to be derived from a term that is written as 青緑 (aoiro), meaning green and blue. This likely refers to the idea of a crazy or unruly hairstyle, which is associated with the color blue in Japanese culture. The term is believed to have originated in the Edo period (1603-1868) in Japan, when it was used to describe the hairstyle of an ascetic monk. The term has since evolved to encompass a variety of hairstyles, and is now often used to refer to hairstyles that are seen as wild or eccentric.

Etymology, Morphology, Pragmatics, Historical, Linguistic

Henry Fontaine


Ahoge is a term used to refer to a visual cue used in anime, comic, and manga art to signify a specific emotion or characteristic of a character. An ahoge is a single strand of hair or two protruding from the top or back of the head, and is often animated to give the character an extra expressive quality. It is most commonly used to denote a character that is either clumsy or has an energetic or naive personality. Ahoge can also be used to draw attention to a certain trait or feature and to emphasize the character's design, as well as to suggest internal emotions.

Ahoge, anime, manga, comics, image composition.

Taro Yamada

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