Why are there plenty of young Japanese kids with fairly light bright brown hair but few older people?

According to a letter in the Japan Times, kids with naturally brown hair are treated like they are as rebellious as those that dye their hair that way, and might even be forced to dye it black to look more natural/standard. That could be a factor, as could hair naturally becoming darker as you become older, in the same way as I started blond and cute and then to my horror turned ginger as a teenager…

 

Any other theories?

Why are most Japanese guys not particularly interested in building up their muscles?

There isn’t a particularly positive image of built up guys. Rather than be impressed, people are likely to be intimidated. This is somewhat true with the opposite sex, but even more so in business- very unacceptable in Japan where the privelidge of intimidating people is strictly based on seniority!

 There may also be a social class thing going on. In a similar way to what is happening with suntans, the Japanese are at the transition point between burly meaning a manual worker (therefore poor) and burly meaning plenty of time and money for a gym and nutrition drinks (therefore rich)

Why did the WWII Japanese caricature always have bucked teeth?

This is an odd one, because although Japanese teeth are just as bad as British teeth, bucked teeth doesn’t particularly stand out as a problem. I’m sure someone could write/ has written a whole PhD thesis on this, but here are my theories: That classic Eastern racist anti-hero Fu Man Chu was always portrayed with bucked teeth long before Japan became the biggest yellow peril, so it could have been transferred straight from the Chinese as the Japanese became the biggest threat both in California and in the Pacific. Alternatively, it could have started as a caricature of one particular person that then spread. The whole fact that teeth was such a factor could be due to the caricature coming from America, home of the good teeth obsession.

Why did Japanese women blacken their teeth and why did they stop doing it?

Showing your white teeth was thought to be like showing the white of your bones. The blackening liquid was also thought to preserve the teeth. The practice was outlawed in the Meiji era in order to not offend foreign visitors or more generally to gain their acceptance as a Westernized and therefore equal nation.

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