Tiny Girl Eats Tokyo

April 22, 2008 at 4:07 pm 1 comment

Japan has an unhealthy obsession with food.

That was my friend’s assessment of our favorite country after visiting for the first time. It didn’t help that she spent most of her trip cooped up in a Tokyo hotel room, afraid of getting ‘lost in translation’ once outside. So she watched a lot of TV - food shows mostly because they were easiest to understand. One was a cooking competition with cute boys in white aprons. Another featured foods of different regions.

The show that sent her jaw to the ground featured a skinny, young woman with bleached blond hair who could eat any amount of food placed before her. Gluttony Girl, as some call her, weighs no more than 90 pounds but could finish off a vat of curry rice twice her size. And unlike Kobayashi, her Coney dog-eating compatriot whose focus was intense, this girl smiles and giggles as she spoons it all down.

In Japan they call her Gal So-ne, the latter being her last name, and “gal” describing the blond locks, glittery eyes, and Lee Press-On’s she sports. Most gals don’t eat more than a wafer for lunch. Gal So-ne will eat a wafer….and 5,000 more.

So of course, being a remarkable young lady, she’s climbed the ranks of quasi-celebrity, appearing on daily variety shows and hosting her own specials where she travels the world, consuming enough to feed all of Africa. And as a celebrity of sorts she gets to also a release an album, regardless of whether or not she can sing. In this one she also dances, though hopefully not after a big meal:

Many people wonder how a girl of chopstick girth can consume so much food. (To be exact, she’s 5’3” and 92 lbs.) So a team of doctors decided to put her in back of an X-ray screen as she ate. They found that her stomach had rubber band flexibility, increasing over 10 times its original size. And as to how she can stay so thin, they noticed her body temperature increased by 35°F as she ate, particularly around the spine. Truthfully, I think she just spews it up when no ones looking.

As for my friend, she’s still traumatized. She’s had her own personal battles with food in the past. And so while the consumers may be fun, she prefers rooting for the losers on American TV.

Himawari

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  • 1. Tiina  |  May 19, 2008 at 4:02 am

    Ugh. Really don’t like her.
    She seems really ignorant type of girl.
    Lovely blog~!
    I think that she is bulimic secretly too!

    Reply

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