The Japanese love their store mascots. If I remember correctly, this one was for a kid's store called Chocolate Mama.
Of course, who doesn't know who this is? It was a bit weird though seeing the Colonel in a kimono holding a watermelon.
This must be Strawberry Shortcake or some version of Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.
I suppose when you have a figure like theirs you can pretty much wear anything you want.
They also love to dye their hair. Usually, it's the copper color they go for. Hey, you in the middle. Stand up straight. Slouching isn't cool. Oh, and dude, if ya wanna work cattle out in Montana you're gonna havta go lift a few weights...kay?
Buck called my attention to the cheerleader in the pink shoes. Hummm....I wonder why?
Oh, and we finally get to this guy. This was weird. He steps out of a taxi with his wife. Each are holding identical babies which we, at first, thought were twins. Both parents were dressed in black and white as were the twins. I started commenting about how cute they were until I noticed they were fake. Wha?
Then Buck says "Oh my gawd! Those are sympathy babies. I read about them somewhere. In Japan, when parents lose their kids to SIDS or something, they have these fake babies to carry around to help them grieve."
There were other Japanese sitting around us who were pointing at them and laughing. They weren't buying it. In fact, many who walked by the father gave him a strange look. Obviously, this was something new they're trying out.
I found it to be completely sad. I suppose on one level, it might help a parent get over their loss, but I think it could also send them further into a psychosis. And are people supposed to approach the couple and express their sympathy? I dunno. It's not workin for me.
I'm sorry to end today's post on such a strange note, but I had to show this to you. I thought it was very odd.