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How Kawaii Japanese Girls Have Taken Photos for the Last 300 Years

We must admit, many staple selfie poses we see today are pretty much inspired by the photo poses popularized by the Japanese. From the iconic peace sign to the eccentric duck-face, self-photography enthusiasts have borrowed the poses from Japanese teen girls, the pioneers of the kawaii gestures, when posing for photos.  

As global trend-setters of what is considered to be cute, it is fitting that a J-pop idol group composed of young Japanese girls give us all a short lesson in the iconic girl photo poses.

Members of the Tokyo Performance Doll individually show us the changing trends via an ad for DoCoMo and Snow app. The somewhat educational ad is reportedly a part of a commercial campaign to encourage the use of the various face effects by the Snow phone app, according to RocketNews24.

The highly energetic ad kicked it off with the most recent poses: the “Finger-Heart Style” from last year and the “Toothache” in 2015.

The idols illustrated the evolution of the poses, showing the slightly more provocative poses of the 1900s and the 2000s  and then the more demure styles of the previous centuries.

Who missed the “Duck-Face Style” which arrived to welcome the new millennium?

It became more fun-natured toward the late 90s with the “Showa Idol Style” and the wide-armed “Shibuya-Gal Style” pose.

From the “Bad-Girl Style” to the “Finger-mouthing Style” the transition highlights a change in character.

The ad even went all the way back to 1684 with the  “Looking Back Beauty Style” pose.

Check out the group’s video below:


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