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Monday, January 5, 2009

The Epitome of Cuteness: Seiko Matsuda

Growing up 20 years ago as a scrawny teenager, I missed out on a lot of things. Not that I was scrawny, but because of the times that we lived in. You see, we of that generation were an underpriviledged lot. There were no MTV Asia. No Internet. No music downloading. No YouTube. So sad. Very the sad.

But somehow, even then, we knew about the existence of a new kind of music - JPOP. It was strange; bubble gum pop, squeeky clean & super kawaii cuteness. Their music was just full of enthusiasm & life that we couldn't help ourselves but got sucked into the vortex. And one of the super duper pop idol of that era was this girl with the infamous Japanese Dracula fangs.

Yes, do not be fooled by her innocence. Her super kawaii cuteness will make your blood pressure drop drastically, or, it might go up depending on how you take it. Just watch this video & you will agree.

Seiko was just an unknown little girl who won a SONY singing competition. Then they made her into a star. But she was not just any star. She started a whole new trend of acting cute which seemed to last till today. That's why you see a lot of people taking photos like this.

The one finger cuteness pose.

The Double Happiness Fingers pose.

3 Finger also got (photos & idea ripped off from geminigeek)

Acting cute ultimately became a worldwide cultural phenomenon.

They would even do it in the remotest of the Vietnamese villages.

Then as appalling as it was, grownup men started joining in.

And then it got more even more ridiculous.

And then everybody did it.

OMG. Look at that guy at the bottom.

I think you see the point.

But then somehow along the way as I grew up, & as Seiko-chan grew older over the years, we sort of drifted apart.

But recently & coincidentally, I checked YouTube the other night, & there she was, back in action again. Although the super kawaii cuteness is no longer there, I think it has morphed into a kind of elegance. She's still a delight to watch.

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