Skillet Blonde Personified | Japanese Black Face

New Urban Tribes: Ganguros & Yamanbas

(TREND HUNTER) Far from describing a twanging marsupial, the word Ganguro actually means “black face”.  It’s a fashion term that tends to be used by Japanese girls.  It tends to involve bleaching hair a platinum blonde, having deeply tanned skin, rimming eyes with black and white pencil liner, applying false lashes… [More]

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C. Rae Says: Only My Opinion, Just Sayin’

Who remembers the racist term ‘skillet blonde?’  This term defines drop-dead-gorgeous women of African decent, having the so-called angular or chiseled facial features of European (Caucasian or Scandinavian) blondes, but are dark skinned or as black as an old fashioned cast iron frying skillet. This is/was an American racist epithet use to describe beautiful dark skinned babies, girls and women of African decent. Sad to say, but it has been used by so-called whites and blacks alike.

The Japanese ganguro/black face and yamanba sub-culture personifies and perpetuates the racist connotations of the term ‘skillet blonde,’ and is blatant mockery of people of African decent under the guise of a so-called fashion trend.

In my opinion, the Japanese enjoy openly mocking people of African decent/African Americans and adamantly refuse to stop the perpetuation of their ‘black face’ machinations.  The manufacture and purchase of ‘black face’ dolls and other racist trinkets and media driven racist characterizations are extremely pervasive and entrenched within Japanese society. Clearly, the Japanese are a self-hating people, as their earliest ancestor is African (See article and video below). Don’t forget that the Japanese originate from the Chinese/Jomon-Jin and Ainu people.

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Jomon People, Japan

Another Japanese sub-culture called, ‘Bobby Okoon’ (meaning, looks like Bobby Brown), where participants darken their skin, wear Afro wigs or try to nap their hair and wear retro (1970’s) attire, essentially emulating the persona of stylish (black power era) African Americans. They listen to and collect retro soul and current R&B music while trying to appear, dance and sing like African Americans. It’s very telling that the term ‘Okoon’ includes pronunciation of the American racist epithet ‘Coon’.  A ‘Coon’ is defined as a person of African decent whose sole purpose is to entertain American so-called whites. Historically, the ‘Coon’ wore black face makeup, extremely large red painted on lips and wide eyes.  Minstrel show ‘Coons’ buck danced, played instruments, sang silly songs and told stupid jokes, basically acting as ignorant and self loathing fools.

Jomon Man Japan

Jomon Man, Japan

Large groups of “Bobby Okoon” enthusiasts sing and dance to R&B/soul music in public spaces, at night clubs or in music and clothing stores that cater to the sub-culture. Also, other costumed enthusiasts mock African-American soul music and jazz icons at karaoke clubs. Now, large gangs of Japanese women and gay men immerse themselves in the ganguro and yamanba sub-culture.  I say, shame on these ignorant, attention seeking, childish and fantasy focused fools for such arrogance and racist mockery!

Ainu People

Ainu People, Japan

To get to the point in the above video slide to 22:38.

Check out an article about, “The Black Presence In Early Japan.”

About C. Rae White

I'm a proud 6th generation Detroiter, a creative who loves working with my hands and a fashion fanatic with a thing for shoes, bags and jewelry. I'm a family researcher who loves discovering the details of my ancestors lives. Thanks for stopping by!
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2 Responses to Skillet Blonde Personified | Japanese Black Face

  1. chocolate_matters says:

    I wonder WHERE they got that look from?

  2. C. Rae White says:

    Generally, Japanese people believe in and follow the White/European standard of beauty. Within the Japanese fashion industry, the models are required to be “Hapa” (mixed with white and Japanese). Overall, the Japanese consider blacks to be ugly and buy into/believe racist characterizations of black and brown people. The most popular television show in Japan depicts a black aborigine who behaves in an animalistic and depraved way.

    The girls who wear the black face look are called mountain hags, but they look almost exactly like the black faced dolls that are big sellers in Japan among adults and children. In my opinion, many of the Japanese youth (and young adults) live in a self-involved, delusional and childish fantasy world!

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