Hi Buzzers!! For you who Love Japanese culture must be already know about Ganguro. Ganguro is a fashion trend with extreme make up such as a dark skin, colorful or blonde hair, stickers, highlighters, and rainbow glitter eyeshadows on the face. The ganguro itself started in the mid 1990 and became statement and culture that break the common beauty rules in Japan as most Japanese prefer fair skin over dark.
The trend spread widely and used by Japanese women after famous Japanese singer Ayumi Hamasaki. The singer make it as her trademark around 2000. Since then ganguro is a spotlight, many youth feels ganguro style gives freedom of expression and it should be cherished while they are young! If you go to Japan you can spot them around Shibuya and Ikebukuro district of Tokyo.
1. Ganguro developed two styles called Yamanba and Manba. You can differentiate Yamanba and Manba style by looking at their eyes. Yamanba put white make up only above the eyes but Manba put it below the eyes too.
2. Their outfits and hair are very colorful with lots of accessories such as necklace, fake nails, bracelets, and rings.
3. The girls who wear this style usually in their teens or early 20’s.
4. Different than western women who try to tan their skin permanently, some ganguro women tan skin only based on make up.
5. From scale 1 to 10, I know mostly will say 10! This is not the style you wish your daughter will follow. This wish applies to Japanese parents too. A ganguro girl named Erimokkori said that her parents told her not to walk outside and often thrown away her clothes.
6. Another problem is the cost to maintain the ganguro look is not cheap. Erimokkori need to pay 220 USD for nails decorations, around 350 USD for hair, for her tan is 175 USD, 260 USD for contact lense and cosmetics!! So she gradually spent around 1,000 Usd per month only to maintain her looks.
7. The style is lesser now but I believe you still can find it, contact erimokkori twitter @bdiajp to know more! It’s even famous outside Japan!