Undertoad Thursday Apr 14 04:20 PM
4/14/2005: Japanese women throw wigs
Bitman Thursday Apr 14 05:33 PM
I think I'm turning Japanese.
Happy Monkey Thursday Apr 14 05:33 PM
It looks like a screenshot from "Godzilla vs the Flying Tribbles".
capnhowdy Thursday Apr 14 06:17 PM
These women are pissed because their country only produces one hair color, while we have so many.
xoxoxoBruce Thursday Apr 14 09:29 PM
Only their haidresser knows for sure.....and he's not interested in sideways or any ways.
Izanagi Thursday Apr 14 09:46 PM
This was for a new type of hair dye, usually when Japanese (or any black haired Asian) dyes their hair it never really looks quite right, often streaky or blotchy and if you want red it's never quite red enough. The one colour that does seem to work is blond, bimbo blond, bleach blond etc.
This new dye promises that the Japanese will no longer be stuck with just blond, but will in fact have a whole new line of (good) colours to choose from.
I think the dye is from Europe because there has been a commercial running on Japanese television for the last couple of month in which dark haired European women do the same thing.
If there was any mention of rejecting western stereotypes of beauty, the promotional company certainly weren't pushing the idea of going back to their natural black colour.
It is a strange duality here, where many Japanese want to be western but at the same time often hate the west, it is hard to explain but if you come here it is something you notice pretty quickly.
However I too would really like them to stay Japanese, black hair can extremely beautiful, but when you realize how Japanese are controlled when they are young (especially the women), you can kind of see why so many of them colour their hair soon after getting out of high school, I think it is one of the small ways they rebel in a very repressive/conformist society.
This girl was forced to change her NATURALLY reddish hair (yes some Asians don't have pure black hair).
(Same story different article)
So you can imagine that being forced to conform so closely to everyone around them that once they get a chance to express themselves even in a small way they often jump at it.
Sorry this post is soooo long, it is just that I have seen that picture in the western media several times this week, always stating that it was promoting Asian beauty when in fact it was just promoting a "better" brand of hair colour. This was the first chance I had to respond so you guys got both barrels, so to speak.
xoxoxoBruce Thursday Apr 14 10:09 PM
Aside- I noticed at your first link, this story.
Pearcie (AUS) Thursday Apr 14 10:39 PM
Thanks for the info Izanagi, before I read your post I was somewhat confused. You cleared up quite a few things for me.
BigV Thursday Apr 14 11:45 PM
Trilby Friday Apr 15 07:50 AM
I just wish they were rejecting Western notions of beauty. I wish the West would reject them, too.
Catwoman Friday Apr 15 09:36 AM
The Vapors did a song called Turning Japanese. Actually I've seen a few Japanses women with dyed blond hair, and they look quite good. Always very stylish. There will always be impossible notions of beauty, western or otherwise. How else would Proctor and Gamble keep shifting all that stock?
axlrosen Friday Apr 15 11:05 AM
I'm getting a slightly different mental picture: an Ed Wood film, with the wigs flapping around on visible wires...
Saknussem Friday Apr 15 11:25 AM
I just saw a commercial last night for Ivory soap in which about 300-500 women of all different ethnicities were wearing blonde wigs and in a fit of brunetteness, threw them into the air. Something about changing the concepts of conventional beauty. /shrug I always thought beauty was beauty regardless of convention.
chrisinhouston Friday Apr 15 11:25 AM
Over the years I've worked with a lot of fashion models for print ads and it is really quite amazing how many of them go to Japan for projects on a regular basis. I've been told by many that western models are in high demand for ads in Japanese media. They also told me that they virtually work around the clock, photo shoots at 2am are not uncommon. Perhaps it is the Japanese work ethic or perhaps getting studio time is as hard as a tee time at the golf course.
warch Friday Apr 15 11:54 AM
I was reminded of some old song line:
jaguar Friday Apr 15 12:16 PM
BigV Friday Apr 15 12:25 PM
it's the light...
capnhowdy Friday Apr 15 09:14 PM
I saw that ad also, but couldn't remember the sponser...........
I was wondering if anyone here lived on my planet.
xoxoxoBruce Friday Apr 15 09:48 PM
BigV Friday Apr 15 10:45 PM
bwahahaah!!! *snort* hehehee...