Monday, 15 June 2009
These are the hands of one my students. Her nail art cost 13,000 yen (81 pounds and 25 pence at today's rate) and took two hours. It should last about a month although you can see that after two weeks some of the decoration has fallen off her two forefingers. In Japan's patriarchical society women are still viewed primarily as decorative objects and those who take the time to decorate themselves get hired first for OL (Office Lady) jobs. On the other hand (literally) nail art means they can't actually do any real manual work. One student in my English computing class had such long decorated nails (it was summer so they were sky blue with palms trees on every fingernail)that she couldn't work the keyboard and I had to do it for her. Who's the mug?!