Ganguro, literally 'face-black,' is a fashion trend among Japanese
girls, an outgrowth of chapatsu hair dyeing. 
The basic look is bleached-blond hair perms that take half a day to set and cost about $400, and a deep tan, produced by tanning beds or makeup. The
intent is to produce the tanned, blond California beach girl look.

Accessories include high platform shoes or boots, purikura photo stickers,and cellular phones. They go to tanning salons to maintain a dark-brown tan year-round (or apply a dark-brown foundation).

They also dye their hair brown or gold and wear blue contact lenses. It's the California beach girl look without the bikini. And sometimes they even wear fake flower leis or fake flowers in their hair. The Shibuya and kebukurodistricts of Tokyo are the center of ganguro fashion. It goes against the grain of the usual Japanese standard of female beauty, which calls for skin as white as possible. The roots of the trend are said to be in the mid-1990s, starting with a popular tanned Okinawan singer named Amuro Namie .The centerpiece of their street costume is 15-cm (6-inch) or higher platform shoes or sandals that makes them tower over the average Japanese. It lets them 'look down' on the world or to have the world 'look up' to them. One step beyond the ganguro is the yamanba, which oughly translates as 'mountain hag or witch' from Japanese folklore. Besides being ganguro, these girls wear more outrageous makeup with white lipstick, white eye shadow around the eyes (a racoon or panda look), silvery hair, and some glitter or fake tear drops on the cheek. They also have a loud, gregarious way of talking and laughing.

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Do you find the `Ganguro` look extremely unsettling?
Ganguro, literally `face-black,` is a fashion trend among Japanese

girls, an outgrowth of chapatsu hair dyeing.

The basic look is bleached-blond hair perms that take half a day to set and cost about $400, and a deep tan, produced by tanning beds or makeup. The

intent is to produce the tanned, blond California beach girl look.

Accessories include high platform shoes or boots, purikura photo stickers,and cellular phones. They go to tanning salons to maintain a dark-brown tan year-round (or apply a dark-brown foundation).

They also dye their hair brown or gold and wear blue contact lenses. It`s the California beach girl look without the bikini. And sometimes they even wear fake flower leis or fake flowers in their hair. The Shibuya and kebukurodistricts of Tokyo are the center of ganguro fashion. It goes against the grain of the usual Japanese standard of female beauty, which calls for skin as white as possible. The roots of the trend are said to be in the mid-1990s, starting with a popular tanned Okinawan singer named Amuro Namie .The centerpiece of their street costume is 15-cm (6-inch) or higher platform shoes or sandals that makes them tower over the average Japanese. It lets them `look down` on the world or to have the world `look up` to them. One step beyond the ganguro is the yamanba, which oughly translates as `mountain hag or witch` from Japanese folklore. Besides being ganguro, these girls wear more outrageous makeup with white lipstick, white eye shadow around the eyes (a racoon or panda look), silvery hair, and some glitter or fake tear drops on the cheek. They also have a loud, gregarious way of talking and laughing.

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17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 7/9/05 - 3:32:57 AM EST (GMT-5)
It's very tacky.

I can't imagine WHY someone would want to do that.

17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 7/9/05 - 3:34:10 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah it does look pretty cheap.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 7/9/05 - 3:40:22 AM EST (GMT-5)
Whatever they like, it looks tacky to me as well. They're beautiful the way they are... why would they want to do that?
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 7/9/05 - 11:06:01 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, its not a very good look, maybe some use it as self-expression (not)
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 7/9/05 - 11:07:15 AM EST (GMT-5)
hehe "mountain hag" those girls are trying way too hard to stand out
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 7/9/05 - 11:11:25 AM EST (GMT-5)
so thats what it means, i've been wondering. Thanks for that. It looks stupid but it's a different culture; i'm sure regular Japanese people didn't think punk was such a great idea either.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 7/9/05 - 12:56:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 7/9/2005 11:11:25 AM glennh70 wrote:
so thats what it means, i've been wondering. Thanks for that. It looks stupid but it's a different culture; i'm sure regular Japanese people didn't think punk was such a great idea either.

That's what I was just thinking.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 7/9/05 - 3:44:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
It doesn't look that bad to me. Not compared to the 'hobo in fishnets' look we Americans promote.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 7/9/05 - 3:51:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
Looks whorey. And yes...I do.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 7/9/05 - 5:04:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
The girl on the left looks like a clown. When I saw that, I thought maybe Ganguro was a gangster-circus look, if that's possible. I really hate it when Asian people make their hair blond.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 7/9/05 - 5:06:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
Its like a early 90s horror movie gone PINK!
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 7/9/05 - 5:06:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
i like how they were discribed as some mystical creature or something, i dont find it unsettling but i do question why they whould do it
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 7/9/05 - 5:08:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's a look. Not one I'd ever adopt, but I like the cartoonish-ness of it.

I find it interesting, culturally.

17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 7/9/05 - 7:10:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think it looks tacky and cheap and their makeup is gross but i like the girl on the rights hair.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 7/9/05 - 7:16:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think it looks extremely stupid.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 7/9/05 - 7:18:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
Oh my god! Japanese Christina Aguileras!
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 7/9/05 - 7:21:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, extremely unsettling.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 7/9/05 - 7:23:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 7/9/2005 5:08:51 PM chips2001 wrote:
It's a look. Not one I'd ever adopt, but I like the cartoonish-ness of it. I find it interesting, culturally.

Interesting way of looking at it. It's sort of funny that this is how they see west coast Americans.

17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 7/9/05 - 8:01:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not unsettling really, sounds sorta like chavs
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 7/9/05 - 8:18:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's very gross and stupid looking.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 7/9/05 - 8:29:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 7/9/2005 7:18:48 PM pamplemousse wrote:
Oh my god! Japanese Christina Aguileras!

lmfao

lol its a kinda wierd look i luv the japanese for there crazee stlyes lol let them do wat they wanna do.

17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 7/9/05 - 8:33:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
Hideous.

It looks bad because Japanese chicks don't naturally look that way.

It usually looks tacky when people try to completely alter what nature gave them.

17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 7/9/05 - 8:43:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 7/9/2005 7:18:48 PM pamplemousse wrote:
Oh my god! Japanese Christina Aguileras!

I was thinking the EXACT same thing!

17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 7/9/05 - 8:49:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 7/9/2005 8:33:03 PM melLowstar wrote:
Hideous. It looks bad because Japanese chicks don't naturally look that way. It usually looks tacky when people try to completely alter what nature gave them.

The super blonde hair and dark dark tan looks tacky on anyone.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 7/9/05 - 8:50:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
That's so sad that they feel they have to do that, because Japanese girls are beautiful when they're natural. What I would do for their silky jet-black hair...

But doing this makes them look terrible!!


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