Rebel without a cause

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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  • yi 9y

    it looks like blackface
  • Pierre Metivier 9y

    excellent.. picture and comments
  • Marc775 9y

    Great expressions on the peoples faces.
    A wonderful scene.
    I love Yamanbas.
  • sookabazooka 9y

    Does Yuka know you were stalking her?
  • alex de carvalho 9y

    @sookabazooka: you seem to know this girl?
  • Cécile 8y

    The real diversity of Tokyo!!
  • Avy Caplan 7y

    Yuka's a famous manba from Angelique (a super popular gyarusa )
    Great photo of her. I <3 old school ganguro
  • alex de carvalho 7y

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

    By the way, Yuka may (or may not) be on this Angeleek Fandom video.
  • anonymonk 7y

    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!
  • Zombie a Go-Go! 7y

    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..
  • ... Ju! 7y


    I found this great photo at:
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  • Davide Filippini 7y

    very nice
  • pallapinco 7y

    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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  • julie.mal 6y

    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?
  • alex de carvalho 6y

    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.
  • Professor Bop 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Slice O' Life shots, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • 5y

    Bravo !!!
  • michael_lundahl 5y

    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. :)
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    45 captions so far!
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