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Modern and Traditional Japanese Culture: The Psychology of Buddhism, Power Rangers, Masked Rider, Manga, Anime and Shinto. 在日イギリス人男性による日本文化論.

Monday, December 03, 2012


Manga Mannequins

Manga Mannequins by timtak
Manga Mannequins, a photo by timtak on Flickr.

Better or more beautiful is a matter of taste but Japanese mannequins are one step beyond. Recent Japanese mannequins demostrate the power of the Japanese creative imagination, and present a new model of beauty, influenced by both Western (big eyes, blonde hair) and Japanese (thin ness, small features), but different from and going beyond both.

Japanese aesthetics have largely rejected blue eyes (or blue contact lenses), large lips (or extensive lipstick), and white faces (although a traditional aesthetic) in favour of a full on appeal to cuteness as seen charactured in these mannequinns and expressed in the faces "characterised" Japanese GALs (ギャル) as shown in my previous blog entry.

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