sury wrote:Henry,that is an interesting cultural observation. Is that some magazine dated February 11, 2015,
I am not sure what that is. Some sort of big advertisement. The date is November 2, 2015 though. It says Happy Birthday so that is a clue, I guess. I don't know who Momoka Nanase is so I did a quick search. It looks like she is an anime character so this photo is, I suppose, a woman who is her human embodiment? I found this bit of info on the anime character:http://imopara.wikia.com/wiki/Momoka_Nanase
sury wrote:When I was growing up in India, they used to sell a cream (sunscreen - I would think) called
Fair & Lovely since having a fair complexion was very sought after, in India, and I was
chuckling with amusement when I came to US for the first time in 1981 to see Dark & Lovely
(a tanning cream?). Though we may seek things that are out of reach (nay ordinary), the desire
to seek seems to be universal.
Yes, in Japan it is similar to India, I think. Women try to have very fair skin and often wear big hats in the sun or use umbrellas. Also, lots of beauty products that claim to help them make their skin lighter. In the States women often want darker, nicely tanned skin though.
By the way, I just bought plane tickets to go to India for 4 weeks. Late November to late December. First time, but just northern India. In the past I have thought from time to time that I would visit India, but everytime I checked they made it a big hassle to get a tourist visa. While in Japan they told me I could not get a visa here so I would have to send my passport to Los Angeles and it would take time. Usually on the spur of the moment I decide I want to go somewhere. The last time I seriously thought about India was in late 2009 while in Japan and when I discovered how much trouble it was I decided to go to Egypt instead (got the visa at the Cairo airport on arrival). Anyway, I just checked and starting this year I can get an India tourist visa online and then 2-3 days later they email me a document that I print out, present it and my passport at the airport in India on arrival, and then receive the visa. So, finally going!