WaiWai: Ancient rice festival has reputation smeared by ‘therapeutic’ facial cream claims

This article is reproduced from the discontinued, but much loved Mainichi Waiwai column by Ryann Connell. Read more about this at the bottom of this article.

Note: Full Japanese Translation of this article is available below.

A Fukuoka festival dating back to ancient times is growing increasingly popular with Japan’s adult movie fans because it involves smearing gooey, white liquid all over the faces of participants, according to Cyzo (January).

For better or worse, words like “geisha” and “hara-kiri” have been joined in the global lexicon by “bukkake,” which has adapted a more specific meaning overseas rather that the original Japanese meaning of “to splatter.”

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E-WOTD: Hardscrabble

1 returning little in exchange for great effort : her uncle’s hardscrabble peanut farm.
2 characterized by chronic poverty and hardship : the hardscrabble coal town of Grundy, Virginia.
From SMH: Those who live in the eastern suburbs rarely venture beyond the CBD if they can help it. Those from the northern beaches think they have found nirvana, the North Shore knows it has, and the western suburbs take pride in their mostly hardscrabble existence.