Japan's like a one-stop shop for oddball subculture, and Ganguro delivers. Popular in the late '90s, this trend saw women tanning obsessively and going so far as to apply foundation intended for dark-skinned women on top of that. The name Ganguro literally translates to "black face" or "charbroiled face" and while origins of the trend remain a mystery, some theorize that it actually originated from Japanese girls fanning out over their favorite African-American actresses and singers. The trend died down after a few years and many of the tanning salons—one of them named Blacky—that sprung up in Tokyo to service the needs of the Ganguro were shut down soon after.
Japan's Ganguro Girls