Tuesday, May 20, 2008


AMBASSADORIAL HIGHLIGHTS


Recently, Japan as an anciently cultured nation has been taking firm steps forward onto the world stage, having named Doraemon its anime ambassador; now they've gone even further, and are teetering above the orchestra pit.

The monoexpressive Hello Kitty, who got her start on a plastic coin purse back in 1974 and brought the blissfully Hello-Kittyless world to a screeching halt, will soon be named the nation's newest Tourism Ambassador, presumably so as to demonstrate to all the world whatever it is about Japan that is cutely monotonous.

As a result (in case you want to head for the wilderness a bit early), HK will be even more ubiquitous than the everywhere we once knew, though why beholding this emotionless countenance would inspire anyone to visit Japan is beyond my Kitty-weakened powers of understanding (HK has a kryptonite-like effect on certain areas of perception).

But there is a plus here: unlike the other noisemakers representing Japan (Ishihara et al.), HK is mouthless. An ambassador who can't say a single word has gotta be a plus.

Wonder if a life-sized Hello Kitty with biometric scanner nose will scan tourists' faces and take their full set of fingerprints at the airport...

3 comments:

Gina said...

We recently visited Japan without giving attention to HK and it was perfectly alright. People have different reasons why they go and see a country. HK is none of them up to now. But wait until they have got the equivalent of Disneyland.

Bob Brady said...

It's not coming, it's already here, and getting closer... Believe...

Gina said...

If Puro Land is their Sukhavati, pureland, then they deserve it (law of karma).

PS What a beautiful wedding picture!