The Pros and Cons of “Yaeba” Teeth

May 11, 2009

I’ve received an email from a girl asking me to post my opinions on “yaeba” (as did every other Japan blogger, evidently!) This is when a girl has an extra tooth growing out of her gum, otherwise known as the “snaggletooth,” and it’s considered very cute in Japan. The lady in question has written an English blog entry about it here.

I can take or leave the yaeba teeth. I think the bikini-clad girls in this yaeba slide-show I’ve been directed to are attractive in spite of rather than because of their chompers, but I certainly wouldn’t tell any of them to piss off to the dentist if they asked me on date.

Nice… er… teeth!

I’m not a body fascist or anything, and I think such quirks can add character to a face. Thomas Hardy wrote in “Tess of the D’urbervilles” something like “it was the touch of the imperfect upon the perfect that gave Tess her beauty,” regarding a mole on her face, and this thinking can be applied to Yaeba teeth. And, perhaps, when you discover an incredibly sexy girl has a snaggletooth, she instantly seems more attainable, unlike an airbrushed magazine model.

As a Brit, I’m less sensitive to dodgy dentistry than North Americans.
And, to be honest, I’m more concerned with other areas of the body! You don’t need to look at the mantlepiece when you’re stoking the fire. Ahem.
Mind you, one of those vampire fangs could do some serious damage in the trouser department. (Come on, I quoted Thomas Hardy, so I’ve earned the right to a dick joke!)

Final thought: Having a girlfriend with “yaeba” teeth would be useful when you can’t find the tin opener.


Japanese Beer Ad Girls

December 16, 2007

Japanese bars have posters of women in swim-wear drinking huge tankards of beer on the beach, thus combining three of my favourite things. These pictures, which advertise beers such as Asahi and Kirin, are very easy on the eye, so I thought I’d post a few on my blog for you to enjoy. You can see them below.
Young, attractive women are probably not the biggest target market for these breweries’ ads, but posters featuring lecherous, nicotine-stained businessmen vomiting into the gutter wouldn’t be to great for sales.