TRAVEL: The changing face of Japanese women
MISTAKEN identities happen often on the streets of Japan where the younger generation of women role-play with incredible detail.
Toursgallery director Ken Osetroff said keen travel photographers were often confused by what was real and what was imaginary.
Pale skin, delicate face painting and intricate outfits add to the extraordinary sight of the young women as they vie to out-do each other.
"Photographers find an endless supply of colourful subjects in Japan," Mr Osetroff said.
In Kyoto, women pay to dress up like Geisha, including make-up and elaborate hairstyles.
"Around the streets of Ninenzaka Slope visitors often mistake a well made-up local lady playing dress up, for a genuine Geisha," Mr Osetroff added.
In gardens and parks, tourists see brides trying to upstage each other with their elaborate wedding gowns.
In Harajuku, young girls try to be more outrageous than their friends by wearing costumes from comic book characters, gothic style and even French maid outfits.
At Yosakoi festivals throughout Japan, hundreds of dance teams compete against each other for best costume design.
The Toursgallery team recommended their escorted tours which travel to Japan in April, May and October.