Old School Ganguro Wearing Alba Rosa in Shibuya

Shooting street fashion is a lot like hunting. You’re always prowling around the city hoping to capture (on your camera only, of course) something rare and amazing. Well, in 2011, there are few things more rare (or amazing) than a real live Ganguro! So, when we were running errands in Shibuya and saw this silver-haired Ganguro crossing the Shibuya 109 intersection with a Center Guy in pink braids, we dropped everything we were doing and went into Hunter Mode.

Luckily for us, this Ganguro Girl and Center Guy both turned out to be really friendly. Not only did they agree to let us snap a few quick photos, but they also stopped and let random school kids and other passersby take pictures as well. In old school Ganguro style, they were both wearing fashion from the famous-in-Shibuya Japanese brand Alba Rosa. Besides Alba Rosa, the girl was also wearing a couple of Ayumi Hamasaki necklaces and sporting several different facial piercings.

The only way to experience just how awesome these characters were is just to check out the images. And we highly recommend that you click on each of the pictures to see them in high resolution for the full effect!

Click any of the pictures to enlarge them.


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    hanamarie (February 21, 2011)

    Ew, cross dressing yamamba’s.

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    E (February 21, 2011)

    Eww, too heavy make up :O

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    Anja (February 21, 2011)

    Wow…the pink is…..wow….. DX

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    sharon (February 21, 2011)

    omg i totally love their style! i wanna be them

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    Tiffany (February 21, 2011)

    Aww, man! I love ganguro and yamamba!!! Too bad more people don’t like to wear it today…

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    shay (February 22, 2011)


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    kory christopher alexandre (February 22, 2011)


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    Sara Mari (February 22, 2011)

    Neither one of them are cross dressing Hanamarie, and for the others who condemn them – I’m honestly not sure what you are doing on a website that explores the highly varied world of Japanese fashion if you don’t like extremes.

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    Cloke (February 22, 2011)

    Nice catch!

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    Eilish (February 22, 2011)

    They are Manba! Not Ganguro! :D Geha is looking really nice these days (the girl)~

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    Bittybrandi (February 22, 2011)

    Aww I love the manba/banba/gyaru styles, I wish to see more of it. Its fascinating and wonderful.

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    CupCake (February 22, 2011)

    Manba is so FABULOUS! <3
    I really love Gehako and Hideki ;D
    They're so FAB! <3

    Gehako = silver hair

    Hideki = pink and white

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    Lactose Intoler-Art (March 10, 2011)


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    KEI (March 11, 2011)


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    Dani (March 16, 2011)

    Props to them for a) wanting to go with darker skin, at least the girl, and the guy taking his own risks.

    Love it,

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    leeila (March 24, 2011)

    w0w . . . . .
    the piercings are . . . epic x D
    but te pink hair stuff are niceeee *luvz*

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    Bella (April 2, 2011)

    Oh gosh, this is just…too much !
    I will never understand the ganguro style.

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    scarletcherry (April 4, 2011)

    can anyone tell me (if there is a/) the difference between ganguro and yamamba?

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    porfiria (April 11, 2011)

    I never love these…

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    Mina (April 15, 2011)

    I…want…to touch their faces soo bad!!!! really it hurts me bad that i cant touh them…. :’D teehee<3 but hey creds to them! They wear what they want and looks like they dont care, I LIKE IT! :D

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    Tania Ozawa (April 22, 2011)

    One word for them. COOL!!!!!!

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    Abi (April 23, 2011)

    I’m all for alternative Japanese fashion but I find ganguro a little hard to understand. Probably partly my natural aversion to fake tan. It’s not that the style is too weird, I just think it’s a very unflattering look!

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    Choco-chan (April 24, 2011)

    very unique look thats what i like.. but i would NEVER wear that! :o

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    Hayley-Renee (April 28, 2011)

    nononononono to much makeup dont like this one…….’

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    ♥♥Irenee (April 29, 2011)

    wow fake makeup :|

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    Lilian (May 9, 2011)

    I am getting used to the style. Its a question of time to get all understood. But, as a westerner, I am still like in a super soup of fun, chic and crazy stuff all mixed and blended in an unique way. A revolutionary way of making fashion. Compared with what I was used to love in Japanese costume tradition, this “new”, (not so new for you) style feels like a bomb eliminating all sort of conservatism, conformism and boredom. I will get where you are in your minds!!! I hope so! But how much I love kimonos too!!!

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    Dolly (May 13, 2011)

    These two are so cool! This made me so happy to see! :D I thought this style was almost done for, which is such a shame because of the uniqueness in it.
    Thank you, this made my day ♥

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    Sara (June 7, 2011)

    GEHAKO CHAN!! <3 ww

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    Icelander (June 15, 2011)

    I loooove Yamanba but I personally don’t like this.. I’m not sure what it is but there’s just something about them that’s just not right.

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    missteacup (June 18, 2011)

    Did anyone else find this really scary? >_>

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    LovliiRage (June 22, 2011)

    They remind me of Japanese style Snookis

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    Lilly (July 3, 2011)

    … o_o

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    ケイリーちゃん (July 11, 2011)

    they aren’t “ganguros”. they’re both manba, although the boy (Hideo) has graduated, and the girl (Gehako) is soon to graduate from manba.
    Hideo and Gehako both still wear very awesome, outrageous manba outfits, and they both used to wear tsuyome manba.

    this is a picture of them in full manba from Gehako’s blog (this picture is very recent): http://stat001.ameba.jp/user_images/20110704/02/gehakochan/aa/a9/j/o0480076811329001037.jpg

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    Wednesday (August 6, 2011)

    She resembles an asian snooki……..

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    spring (August 26, 2011)

    woweee i love manba ! but what ever shes done to her face is not working

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    GreenKiKi (September 11, 2011)


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    Nyareraron (September 15, 2011)


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    Allie (September 16, 2011)

    Is that an Ayumi Hamasaki necklace?! :3
    They’re both so brave!

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    Miyuki (November 10, 2011)

    I love seeing extreme fashions! YAMANBA AND GANGURO FOR THE WIN

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    En-ost (January 13, 2012)

    I want the Hamasaki necklaces. For real! While I find this strange, I also find it very cool and impressive.

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    Nelieth (February 28, 2012)

    the make-up is a little too much… well, they have their own style

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    Chelsea (March 13, 2012)

    oh! I know the girl! she is in a japanese fashion magazine! it would be awesome to bump into her while I am here in japan!! grr why can’t i remember the name right now! haha i will later watch…

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    senja alice (April 3, 2012)

    oh shit u saw gehako from egg !?!?? i envy u ! she is so lovely looking !

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    mormo (November 28, 2012)

    I see that girl in men’s egg :D the female version or w/e it is.

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    Aaron Lacy Jr. (March 22, 2014)

    They look interested in Ganguro fashion. Suki desu. Great tan. She likes heavy make-up.

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