Balls of Fury and Delight

September 29, 2010 at 4:57 pm Leave a comment

Now here’s a product that makes me think, “That’s SO Japanese!”

It’s called CAO maru, a stress-relief ball embedded with man’s emotion-filled face. There are four types to jumpstart your day: ‘happy,’ ‘grumpy,’ ‘surprised,’ and ‘exasperated.’

What’s the point? Well, their website attempts to explain: “For the people who have such troubles recently that forgetting a smile, feeling stress, and tending to pass by someone.”

Say what?!

Basically, they’re saying that in this internet age we barely take time to really look at each other and enjoy the warmth of human emotion/expression. Especially in big cities like Tokyo, people spend more time with their eyes to the ground, trying to get past the crowd. And especially in Japan where it’s considered rude to stare directly at someone’s face, people have grown distant from their fellow humankind.

So squish them, pinch them, and mimic their expressions; these little guys are made of polyurethane resin and fit perfectly inside your palm. I keep one similar to them in my car, so every time I run into rush hour traffic I take him out and squeeze into him. Feels so good~!

Himawari

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