Tseuke-Yaeba of TYB48 and Minami Minegishi of AKB48

If you know both the references in the title, you are more culturally attuned than I. The first, tseuke-yaeba, refers to the practice known as snaggletoothing, like the band TYB48 and their pointy smiles:

The girls of TYB48
The girls of TYB48

Americans regularly fork over $5,000 to fix a crooked smile with braces. But in Japan, women are spending about $400 for just the opposite. On the other side of the planet, imperfect teeth are becoming a thing of beauty.
Japan’s beauty trend, dubbed “tseuke-yaeba,” has reached a fever pitch, with young women paying hundreds for snaggleteeth.
The procedure first made headlines in 2011, but it has grown in popularity since then, even spawning a Japanese pop girl group whose members sport the snaggletooth look. The girl group, TYB48 or “Tseuke-Yaeba 48,” was created by the Taro Masuoka—the very same dentist who pioneered the procedure.

As for Minami Minegishi, she is the singer of the girl group AKB48. And the pop star shaved her head for staying at her boyfriend’s house overnight:

Minami Minegishi (right) of Japanese pop group AKB48
Minami Minegishi (right) of Japanese pop group AKB48

The real life sorrow of a J-pop fantasy reaches millions.

A Japanese pop starlet recorded a tearful video and shaved her head, a traditional gesture of contrition, to apologize for breaking her band’s cardinal rule: no dating.

“If it is possible, I wish from the bottom of my heart to stay in the band. Everything I did is entirely my fault. I am so sorry,” said Minami Minegishi, 20, during the nearly four minute video that has been seen nearly 6.9 million times.

Her phenomenally successful band AKB48 consists of about 90 girls from their mid-teens to early 20s, who are strongly marketed on their sex appeal. The band’s management forbids the members from dating boys for fear that it might shatter the illusion that their male fans might end up with them one day. . .

 TYB48 and AKB48? Very catchy. . .