WTH Japan! – Mamba Girls

Warning: Video contains strong language.

I was going to write about a giant centipede whose bite causes neurological disorders, but then I saw this video on my Facebook feed.

I don’t even have words to describe this. This clip is from a 2009 flick called “Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl” and features a quadruplet group of ganguro / mamba girls, essentially Japanese chicks who wear incredibly dark makeup to emulate black people. Normally, they’re just creepy looking. This takes it to a whole new level.

Ganguro / Mamba fashion was popular in the early part of 2000. It should be noted that this video is just a parody of that trend. It is also a prime example of just how other cultures interpret each other. Do all Japanese people think this way? Of course not. Though according to a friend who went there, and was constantly hounded for his signature (6’2 black man, so he OBVIOUSLY played basketball, or so the locals thought), dark skin people are generally revered in the Land of the Rising Sun.

It’s been a long week. Laugh, roll your eyes, or shake your head and ask yourself, “What the Hell, Japan?!”


9 Responses to WTH Japan! – Mamba Girls

  1. Curious. What does this have to do with Geeks are Sexy? Or is GaS turning into one big garbage can of anything that looks interesting or weird?

  2. Kellic – OP here, I actually started a segment a few weeks ago where I look at the various weird things that happen in Japan. While it may not be your cup of geek, a lot of people enjoy anime and are obsessed with Japanese culture… this is my little way of showcasing how this so called promised land (to many anime-obsessed fans) isn't all it's cracked up to be. :)

    • Ahh. OK. No I actually like Japanese culture. And trust me I know how unbelievably weird it can get. I was just curious.

    • Thanks for sharing it. I saw this film with a packed house at Fantastic Fest in Austin TX and we all LOVED it. We laughed our butts off at it. Keep posting stuff like this and this geek (me) will be very VERY happy.

      You should check out Karate Robo-Zaborgar next.

      • Kent, I'm dying to see the whole film! I think our local, alternative video rental place has it so I'm going to check it out. And I'll look for Robo-Zaborgar next. Thank you for the suggestion! (and I'll totally do a review of it, possibly while drunk, when I see it!)

  3. Not sure why you put "Mamba" here – it's Yamamba/Yamanba, which is a Japanese term meaning "mountain witch." The name doesn't come from the word "mamba" that we usually think of (Yama = mountain, mba is used instead of uba = witch/crone/nurse). It might also be relavent to break down "ganguro" = "black face." The Japanese are (somewhat ignorantly) ripping off the 19th/earth 20th century blackface minstrel tradition.

    It's also interesting to not that Japanese girls don't do this to be sexy or w/e – most of them do it because people will leave them alone when they're out with their friends (eg. they don't get hit on by guys).

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