August 4, 2005

Tokyo Snapshots, 1.2: Kawaii Gravestones

A gravestone shop I pass on the way from the hotel to the supermarket offers cute gravestones as an alternative to the traditional obelisk variety. I asked, and they're not just for decorating your Japanese garden. Couldn't bring myself to ask if they actually got permission from Sanrio and Disney for these, though. It didn't seem polite.

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They're about 140,000 yen each, and look like they were computer-carved from a smaller doll. The Kitty actually has a bow in contrasting red granite, and an actual hoodie, much like Degas' Dancer has an actual tutu. Yes, I just compared Hello Kitty to Degas.

etc. | posted by greg at August 4, 2005 2:53 AM