Archive for May, 2007

Crooked Teeth = Cute?

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

In Japan, the "double-tooth" look caused by the front canines overlapping is considered cute in children and young women. The Japanese call it "yaeba" which means "double tooth". Many people wonder why Japanese models (like the one below) are proudly displaying their crooked pearly whites in photos – now you know.

Are Japanese Women Intentionally Pigeon-Toed?

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Ever notice how the vast majority of Japanese women walk with their toes pointed inward? The cause for this isn’t conclusive, but debate about it rages across the Internet. If you don’t believe me, use your favorite search engine and enter the terms “Japanese” “pigeon” and “toed” – see what results you get. Some say [...]

McDonald’s in Japan

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

Recognize the guy in the image below? Notice he’s promoting “Hello Kitty” products in a showcase. Here’s a hint – he’s the famous owner of a popular chain of fast-food restaurants. Think you know the answer? Guess again. His name isn’t “Ronald McDonald”. It’s “Donald McDonald”. That’s right. Our favorite burger-pushing celebrity has a different [...]

Japanese Toilet Technology

Sunday, May 20th, 2007

No Japan-focused blog would be complete without a post about Japan’s toilets. It’s true that you can still find old-style Japanese squat toilets in many places alongside newer Western-style toilets. (If you’re curious, there’s some at Tokyo Disneyland in the restrooms opposite the “Pooh’s Hunny Hunt” attraction.) Certainly, the squat toilets provide the cleanest experience [...]

Smoking Culture: US vs. Japan

Saturday, May 19th, 2007

It’s no secret that the Japanese are heavy smokers. I wonder if anyone has done a study on how this country could have the longest lifespans in the world yet everyone smokes. Recently, things have improved a bit. In certain towns/districts, smoking on the streets is banned. This seems nice and healthy, until you realize [...]

Japanese ATMs Need Their Beauty Sleep?

Saturday, May 19th, 2007

When ATMs first showed up in the US, I thought they were great because you could conduct bank transactions even when the bank was closed. Particularly, this was useful when you needed cash after hours. Oddly enough, here in Japan the ATMs close at night. They also charge service fees that vary depending on the [...]

Japanese Women Getting Curvier: "Bon-Kyu-Bon"

Saturday, May 12th, 2007

This story comes from an article published in the Wall Street Journal. Photos come from other sources on the Internet and are provided as visual aids. I’m not sure if this is really a trend since there are always exceptions to what is considered “typical”. Any of you living in Japan care to offer your [...]