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Fun / foon Tokyo
Thursday, April 15, 2004
Ainu eyes: odd 'science'
Topic: Japanese life
I wonder what is this guy smoking? I'd love to be selling it.
All Amazing Ainu -- The "Indians" of Japan
by John Erskine Banta, General Manager & Director, Radisson Miyako Hotel Tokyo.
Book Press Release: April 14, 2004

....racial mixing has continued to diminish the number of full-blooded Ainu...Ainu-Japanese mixtures are especially conspicuous in the vicinity of Sendai, north of Tokyo. They are noticeable for their abundant hair, and for their eyes. Strangely, the genes that make the Ainu eye are often incompatible with the genes of the Japanese eye, making deformities common. The most common of these deformities is eyes that are too far apart; often to such an extreme that one of the eyes withers away.
But, when the two sets of eye genes work, especially in females, the results are astounding. Their eyes are huge, striking in color, and so hypnotic that people can?t avoid staring at them.
In the 1950s and 60s, a number of mix-blood Ainu-Japanese girls were brought to Tokyo from the Sendai area and put to work as models and as extras in movies. They were very successful as models --- giving rise to the Japanese art and comic preference for drawing young females with huge, luminous eyes -- but they did not fare as well as movie starlets because their eyes distracted so much attention from the Japanese stars.

Posted by trek/taro at 1:39 PM KDT
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Thursday, April 15, 2004 - 8:05 PM KDT

Name: Marked Trail

Bring on the PSYCHO EYES!


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