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From Wikipedia: "Yamanba (ヤマンバ, Yamanba?) sometimes written as "yamamba", is a fashion trend among young Japanese women. Starting with the bleached white hair and heavy tan of the ganguro girl, the yamanba adds white lipstick, white eye makeup, and sometimes brightly colored contacts, plastic clothing, and inappropriate accessories. Some yamanba wear stuffed animals as decorations, talk with a slurred speech, and enjoy shiny neon or dayglo colors."

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  1. yi 92 months ago | reply

    it looks like blackface

  2. Pierre Metivier 91 months ago | reply

    excellent.. picture and comments

  3. Marc775 90 months ago | reply

    Great expressions on the peoples faces.
    A wonderful scene.
    I love Yamanbas.

  4. sookabazooka 90 months ago | reply

    Does Yuka know you were stalking her?

  5. alexdecarvalho 90 months ago | reply

    @sookabazooka: you seem to know this girl?

  6. carpinchette 89 months ago | reply

    The real diversity of Tokyo!!

  7. avytech 76 months ago | reply

    Yuka's a famous manba from Angelique (a super popular gyarusa )
    Great photo of her. I <3 old school ganguro

  8. alexdecarvalho 76 months ago | reply

    @avytech Thanks, Avy! I learned alot from reading your website.

    By the way, Yuka may (or may not) be on this Angeleek Fandom video.

  9. anonymonk 74 months ago | reply

    This picture is like an Escher'esque Social Object. The girl in pink is gripping her cellphone (a Social Object) to stay in constant contact with her friends. She's at a mall (I think), another Social Object. Arguably, she is herself a Social Object - creating conversation around her looks and style. Finally, the photograph is itself another Social Object, bringing all of us together to comment about it and, ultimately, about ourselves.

    Congratulations Alex!

  10. Zombie a Go-Go! 73 months ago | reply

    es verdad, hay que resaltar las expresiones de las personas como ya mencionaron. Es acerca de lo comun y lo no tan ordinario...personas que no van con la rutina y la rutina los observa con envidia...apuesto a que todos quisieran tener el valor de hacer lo que en verdad quieren como muchos logran hacerlo..

  11. ... Ju! 73 months ago | reply


    I found this great photo at:
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  12. pallapinco 66 months ago | reply

    Really a beautiful image!

    If you want take a look to this photostream...(It's where I post some serious stuff.. ) it is not so bad! I'd really appreciate it!

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  13. julie.mal 65 months ago | reply

    I think this is about that japanese woman will always have the passion for dressing up and put an extreme make up like an actress. They miss the old geisha times:)
    She looks very attractive for the eye, but how many hours a day does she use for looking like this?:D
    And it's interesting that only one person-on the photo- looks at her. Are these yamanba girls are so casual there?

  14. alexdecarvalho 65 months ago | reply

    It's not that common to seem them, actually. I spent about 10 days in Tokyo and only saw a handful of them. I guess that once you see a few, the novelty wears off. It is particularly attractive since most people try to blend in, as you can tell from those on the escalator, so these girls really stand out from the crowd.

  15. Professor Bop 52 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Slice O' Life shots, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  16. michael_lundahl 42 months ago | reply

    The girl in herself is interresting... but the picture becomes really somethind when you also look at the sarariman ("salary man") behind her. Put those two in contrast to eachother, and you get a slice of Japan right there. :)

  17. Beachy 38 months ago | reply

    This photo has been featured on

    45 captions so far!

  18. mlhradio 27 months ago | reply

    Congratulations on receiving more than 10,000 views -- that's quite impressive! Now that you've reached this milestone, you might want to consider graduating this photograph from the 'Views: 5000' group to the 'Views: 10000' group, which can be found here:

    Once again, congratulations and hopefully your photos will receive many more views in the future! Reminder: Photos should only be in one 'Views:xx' group at a time. (This is an automatic message posted to all items in the 'Views: 5000' group that receive more than 10,000 views. There is no need to reply to this message.)

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