A woman who calls herself “Japan’s Rapunzel” said she’s spent 15 years growing out her jaw-dropping locks.
As a boy, the dancer and model Rin Kambe from Tokyo was never allowed to have long hair.
She was on the football girls’ squad, so she had to keep it short.
But she chose to develop her tresses as a “weapon of speech” when Rin turned 20 years of age.
Since then, she hasn’t had a hair cut and her barnet is now brushing through the floor.
Her locks are an impressive 5ft 10in long, which is four-inches longer than her 5ft 6in height.
“Rin revealed: “I grew up with strict parents and when I was a teenager, I was on the soccer team for girls and because of this, I always had a short cut.
When I started to dance seriously at around twenty, I grew my hair and now my hair is floor length.
I started growing my hair because, in my own way, I wanted to shine.
“My hair felt like it was a tool of speech. It has grown naturally and healthily and is a matter of beauty.
I believe that the perseverance to try to do one thing without giving up gave me confidence.
“I don’t think I had the spirit, without giving up before to make the impossible possible.”
Rin feels her hair encapsulates the “beauty of Asia” and receives from strangers plenty of positive reactions.
Some are more critical of her long locks, but she refuses to allow her to be held back by their words.
The dancer said: “I get a lot of reactions to my hair. There are men who love it in the world and there are people who think it’s a monster as well.”
“I think it’s only natural that there are different opinions in the world and if I didn’t believe in myself I would be influenced by the negative opinions.
I’m prepared to embrace the viewpoints of other people Either way, I’m grateful that people are interested in me because I channel it into a power that shines in my own way.
I’m being asked, ‘Is this real hair?’ ‘Because people can’t believe that this long I’ve grown my hair.
“I am very pleased that when people, men and women alike, see my dance show and how I use my hair in my performances, they feel great.”
By consuming iron-rich foods, getting seven hours of sleep a night and remaining busy, the Rapunzel fan keeps her long locks safe.
She explained: “I consume a lot of food that is high in iron and eat a well-balanced diet.”
“I think sleep is really important and every day I have about seven hours. It’s also important to exercise and stretch.”
By wrapping it up, Rin also holds her hair out of the way.
“She added: “If I put my hair up, I can’t change my clothes or do something. I change my outfits several times a day to make it easier for me to tie them together.