The Japanese Face

A while back I came upon this article called The Japanese face and the eye of the beholder. Almost sounds like one of their movies, right?

It talks about how the perception of a particular photographer on the faces of Japan, and how the writer, a friend of this photographer, says it’s both a mix of singular and worldwide influences.

Japan was a very different place not too long ago in history. It had yet to feel the influence of anything outside its tiny island, but now with an influx of Western culture, who can deny that they, too, are looking more “western”?

The thing about such a fact is that, classic or contemporary, I still love the Japanese aesthetic. No matter how much they’ve changed in the last half-century, no matter how much of Western and worldwide culture has been introduced there, they still have a style distinctly their own, from their lifestyles to their looks. Pretty amazing what they can do, right?

(Yes, we’re fangirling an entire nation here.)

The article expresses the yearnings of a world-traveler at heart. It also makes good points about how time and technology also influence our views of the past and the present. I think it’s good to assume that certain eras are transient and can never be recaptured – but, you have to love the times you’re in. I’m thankful for the world and the Japan we have right now!

Fun Japanese Thing: Tuttukibako

We already know that Japan has a mastery of pixel-toys to rival that of Huru-Humis (seriously, why do we even bother); Tomagotchi brought us all joy and possibly made us well up and cry back when. I know I just couldn’t get over it when all eight of mine died simultaneously. Oh, but the innovation never stops!

Tuttukibako (ツッツキバコ) is a small pixel toy from Bandai and Asovision. It’s just big enough to have a screen, and for you to stick your pointer finger into. What do you do after you stick it in? Knowing some Japanese toys, you might be expecting more. No, but in this case, you can interact with the many different stages on-screen!

Whoa! Look what happens to your finger!

Flick somebody!

Cause somebody to vomit, or sneeze, or something like that!

Explore the sea!

Squish an amoeba!

Take that, amoeba!

It’s all possible with just your finger!

I’d like to try one out. I get a kick out of stuff like this, simple as it may be. Maybe they’ll integrate this kind of technology into the next Nintendo DS model?

Edit 4.3.10: And now there’s an English website!



Welcome to Nippon-Ichigo!

As she aspires to be a world-traveler, this blog is one day to host Sen’s exploits in ever-intriguing Japan!

But until the day she hits the streets of Osaka, it hosts her more obscure findings about the place — not-so-common articles, facts, things dug up from the country’s history, lovely toys, not to mention opinions, artwork, and things kinda-sorta related to Japan as well!

That is to say, yes, yet another blog about Japan by someone who has never been there.
I’ll make it interesting, I promise.