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J-pop idol group gives lesson in iconic Japanese high school girl poses

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By Oona McGee, RocketNews24

When it comes to iconic Japanese photo poses, we all know the popularity of the peace sign in Japan. While people of all ages can be seen pulling out the two-finger v-shaped gesture when posing for photos, its inherent popularity lies with Japanese high school girls, who are the leaders of the pack when it comes to setting the trend for cute photo poses.

Despite the immense popularity of the peace-sign as a handy go-to pose, there have been a number of other popular poses favoured by Japanese high school girls over the years. Here to show us the changing trends is popular J-pop idol group Tokyo Performance Doll, appearing in an ad for a new DoCoMo and Snow app collaboration. Let’s check out the cute clip below.

Starting all the way back in 1684 with the “Looking Back Beauty Style” pose, the ad shows us just how dramatically beauty trends have changed over the years.

The more demure pose of centuries past slowly gave way to more personality-filled images in the early 1900s with the “Finger-mouthing Style”, which is so cute it almost deserves a comeback in 2017.

After the don’t-mess-with-me attitude of the “Bad-Girl Style” and the peace sign gesture of the “Showa Idol Style” came the wide-armed “Shibuya-Gal Style” pose in the late 90s. At the turn of the 21st century, however, Japan and the rest of the world became obsessed with the “Duck-Face Style”, followed by the “Toothache” in 2015, while 2016 saw the cute “Finger-Heart Style” rise in popularity.

The ad, produced by telecommunications giant DoCoMo, is part of a new campaign encouraging students to use animated face effects generated by the Snow app to create cute and memorable graduation photos as the school year comes to an end in March.

Even if you don’t have the Snow app on your phone, you can still have fun bringing some of these iconic poses to life in front of the camera, which is especially handy now that there’s a risk of identity theft when using the peace sign in photos.

Source: Net Lab

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That's it, encourage more young women to become idols in an already over-saturated market. Most will spend years practicing before realizing they can't make a future out of this.

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Cutting edge stuff.

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Shock and Awe.

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Identity theft?!!!?

you can still have fun bringing some of these iconic poses to life in front of the camera, which is especially handy now that there’s a risk of identity theft when using the peace sign in photos.

Avoidance of identity theft is as good a reason as any for all the otaku to commence carrying on like the cute creatures over whom they salivate.

And you too!

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At the turn of the 21st century, however, Japan and the rest of the world became obsessed with the “Duck-Face Style”

What nonsense is this?

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Photography was really popular back in 1684!

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WOW!!! This actually hurts the brain to think that somehow this is even newsworthy. It makes my skin crawl and my teeth itch.

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I just lost several brain cells!!

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Ebisu pose... so common in 90s anime... I think I saw a lot the next pose back in 2005..

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"Iconic". JT, you and RocketNews veer between disparaging Japan for its adulation of young girls to promoting it......

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every one of these poses is absolutely KAWAII!! this is the type of article we need to see more of! i wonder what it takes to invent a new pose...? cant wait for the next one, please contact me for ideas!

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Nothing is more mindless than seeing GROWN WOMEN doing these poses!

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Oona McGee, RocketNews24, could have taken the opportunity to highlight the need to challenge youth cultures lukewarm participation in the upper house election in 2016. turnout ratio amongst 18/19 year old's was just 45.4%.

I guess lessons in iconic Japanese high school girl poses will have them stampeding to the ballot box.

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AKB 48, eat your heart out!!

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That was fun :)

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Agreed! It was fun and cute. Gotta show this to GRLINJPN.

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I saved a couple of minutes of life by not .....reading it!

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Well, that's 90 seconds of my life I won't be seeing again. Vacuous in the extreme, shame on me for watching it...

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WTF ?

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