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Japan’s Unique Skin Girls bring their brightly colored complexions out to streets of Tokyo

By Oona McGee, SoraNews24

Earlier this year, we were introduced to a new trend emerging from Japan’s cosplay scene: Isshoku Hada, or “Unique/Remarkable Skin“. As the name suggests, the young people involved in this eye-catching craze pride themselves on displaying flamboyant skin, which they color with body paint in all shades of the rainbow.

Japanese DJ and model Miyako is one of the leaders of the new movement.

Image: Twitter@miyakocore

The unique look is said to recreate the otherworldly appearance of magical characters seen in anime, manga and video games, and while it’s a small and emerging subset of the Japanese cosplay scene, the self-titled “Isshoku Hada Girls” are steadily gaining more attention around the country. Most recently, a group of five girls turned heads after making a rare appearance on the streets of Tokyo last week, where passers-by couldn’t help snapping pictures as they posed for a series of photos.

Image: Twitter@miyakocore

Surprisingly, the girls chose not to make their appearance at Harajuku, the city’s well-known mecca for bold, fashion-forward individuals. Instead, the group opted for an evening stroll around Omotesando, the nearby shopping district known for its collection of posh eateries and high-class international designer flagship stores.

The girls added some striking flair to their unconventional appearances by dressing in yukata summer kimono and other outfits inspired by Japanese tradition and oiran courtesans.

Image: Twitter@Imskii

For these girls, Isshoku Hada is all about individuality, self-expression and freedom. They enjoy taking unconventional beauty to whole new levels, with wigs, bright skin tones, contact lenses and colorful accessories helping to pull off the look.

The craze for unique skin is growing in popularity as more young women learn about the trend, connecting online to arrange catchups and photo shoots in unusual locations.

Image: Twitter ねん @fmxxxlillyxxx

As the Isshoku Hada girls slowly creep onto the popular culture scene by popping up on TV shows and news media around the country, we have a feeling this is just the first of many outdoor trips for the head-turning group. Be sure to keep an eye out for the girls and their brightly colored complexions in the future!

Source: Kai-You

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They look like they really put their hearts and souls into their costumes. Good on them.

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Colourful! Very interesting and original style.

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Much better than that 90s ganguro thing. Need to meet some of these gals..for research purposes.

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Visually amazing. Envious and impressed.

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That one girl has a big rear. Times have sure changed! Excellent pose!!

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Need to meet some of these gals..for research purposes.

Creepy stuff.

That one girl has a big rear.

Sexist and body shaming. Wow.

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OK, well if nobody else is gonna say it, I guess I'll have to be the bad guy. Again... Frankly speaking, this is gross and a bit pathetic. What some people will do for a little attention beggars belief....

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Every generation needs to be embarrassed about something from their younger years. I imagine this will be it for some. Still, pretty cool looks. Hope they're having fun. Still, I pray this doesn't catch on like the fidget spinner. Don't imagine it will though.

As for me, I love the traditional look, (i.e., black hair, plain makeup, a little subtleness). It's probably rarer than the look these girls are sporting.

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I love unique expression of all kinds. However, I hope the colour pigments and medium in which they are being applied are proven as safe for use in this manner. Everything applied to the skin finds its way into the organs of the body. Possible side effects need to be kept in mind.

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Like human MyLittlePony! Keep Tokyo colorful!

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So, is it a permanent dye ? Or something that they rub all over themselves ?

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