Life Size Living Dolls
So, your friend sets you up on a blind date. He describes the girl you’re meeting as a bishōjōgurumi. You look the bits and pieces of kanji up in your ever-handy Japanese electronic dictionary. Woo hoo! “Beautiful…Woman…Doll”! Dude, I totally owe you!
And when she shows up to meet you, you discover he was not lying. She’s the ideal date! Bishōjōgurumi don’t usually talk when they’re in costume (although they’re quite adept at communicating through gestures) so your date will have a cheerful and accepting expression no matter how badly you mangle your intransitive verbs or misuse the honorific form, with no schoolmarmish interrupting to ask if what you really meant to say was, “I am toilet now.”
These pages are from the outrageous Japanese nail art magazine NailMax, and feature custom-designed talons for the “Beautiful Girl Doll” characters.
Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, published by Penguin/Intermix.