Wanted: An Enlightened Boyfriend

March 9, 2010 at 3:20 pm Leave a comment

Could a Buddha-like deity be Japan’s flavor-of-the-month?! That’s what Metropolis magazine alluded to in a recent article. For the past year, women have set their hearts and wallets on the demigod Ashura — a young man with a stoic face and six long arms. It’s not because he’d be great at multitasking chores around the house, it’s more about the feeling they get when seeing him. With a slim body, smooth skin and a beautifully benevolent face, a guy like this couldn’t be far from the ideal boyfriend… or so they hope.

Last year, thousands of women flocked to Tokyo National Museum just to see the famous Ashura statue on exhibit. Tickets sold out quickly and the lucky ones waited for hours in line just to get in. A 15,000 stock of mini-replica Ashuras were sold for $33 each.

But really, what's the allure? It's no surprise that many Japanese women prefer their men skinny. Think of all the Johnny’s idols selling out 55,000-seat stadium concerts. More than once, I’ve heard Japanese female friends say they have an image of men being rough and unkempt, so their longing for a guy as silky smooth as they are kind of makes sense.

So if you want girls in Japan to look your way, I suggest shaving your head and tanning your body bronze. Good or bad, you’ll get them shrieking. \(^O^\) (/^O^)/


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