Adulting’s hard. And we all feel it’s too often overrated, especially in a society where perceived age-based hierarchy is hugely emphasized. What happens once you give up looking like an adult and turn your childlike hobby into a full-time career? We met some of Seoul’s prominent “kidults” and heard their stories.
Join kidult pilgrimage to the character shops, wonder through these fantasy stores and re-encounter your childhood best friend at these specialty cafés filled with toys, action figures and dolls. These venues will make sure to let a kidult be a kidult.
“All children, except one, grow up.” This is the starting phrase of the celebrated novel PeterPan. Perhaps J.M. Barrie (the Scottish author of the novel) was correct, as these outstanding individuals continue to pursue their childhood ambitions. Catering to this population and of course, those who would like to return to their childlike state, Seoul is hosting a few exhibitions right now. Pixar’s 30-year anniversary special exhibition at DDP will have you surrender in awe at all the interesting elements that make up the movies we know today. Dukhoo Project at the Buk-Seoul Museum will portray an insight into the cultural phenomenon of "deoku-ism." And lastly, Kidult is The Art exposes local artist who are celebrated for their work in their respective fields, whether it be figure making or Lego dioramas. Learning of the kidult culture through art will most likely be an eye-opening experience for many, even those who kidults right now.
Eyeliners and makeup powder with bedazzled cover case in a purse, notepads and pens on the desk with adorable animal characters attached to them, and a colorful phone case with a smiling bunny on it. Can you guess whose belongings these are? If you thought these might be an elementary school student’s, then your guess is very off. These are just a few items of a female office worker with more than 10 years of experience in her field. “Let him who is without sin among you cast the first stone at her.” That’s right. The recent phenomenon of matching all of your items with your favorite character came up with a new word derived from “color coordination,” “Character Coordination.”