Intermission - La vie en rose

Trip Start Jul 30, 2008
Trip End May 02, 2009

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Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Friday, November 28, 2008

Honestly, I never really thought about it - pink - the color, that is. But, after arriving in Asia and touring around Japan, you couldn't help think about it. Pink, pink, pink! It's everywhere! I sometimes wondered, in my own amusement and without insult, if Japan should change the red dot in its flag to - that's right! - pink!

However, Japan is not alone. I remember finding pink in Miami and Trinidad & Tobago too. And, after Japan, the pink trend continued as I arrived in and traveled around Taiwan, as I languished in Okinawa, as I made my way around Australia, and then as I visited awesome New Zealand. Pink is everywhere! From man-made items to incredible natural beauty, "pink" is definitely this planet's color of choice! (Let's just forget about green or blue, shall we??).

Pink is everywhere in architecture. From the lifeguard station hut, the sidewalks, and the Clay Hostel in Miami Beach, to the pink house (they actually call it "The Red House") in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, even those exterior designers love pink!

I could not forget the hysterical Happy Hand Bath Day station in Shinjuku, Tokyo, where you lined up to dip your hands in a pink soapy solution, and walk away with a free pink face cloth. And, not forgetting either all the pink bath products they were selling!

And, what about all those pink stores - the Condomania in Tokyo, and the Condom Lovers store in Hainan, Taiwan. Since when do they make pink condoms...or do they??!! Hmmm...Would that be bubble-gum flavored, or are they trying to keep the all-natural-color aspect??!! I can only wonder! Additionally, there is the Pink Nails and Beauty parlor - no, I did not go in - in Kingscross, Sydney; and the Pinkalilly's Parties place in Dunedin, NZ, which is home to all-things pink. Enough to make you gag (unless you like pink, of course), but otherwise good for a laugh! The best was the full pink bathroom in the men's dorms at the Youth Hostel in Kobe, Japan - full-on pink, complete with the pink air freshener and pink toilet paper. Naturally, that all went perfectly with my pretty pink butt, but helllooooooooo, someone please, please, please tell the owners that men do not like pink!

Despite some architectural miscolorings, the only logical pink building I found was the flower shop in Cottesloe (Perth), Australia. Now, does that not make sense??!! Pink flowers!? Me thinks so.

Next, we move to all the silly man-made pink things we find, especially the jumbo ones in Japan. From Nippon, the Tokyo Tower's pink mascot, to the pink elephant, to the pink watering can (I have the same one, but green, thanks!), to pink backpacks, and the millions of pink trinkets. The most hysterical moment came when, after having finished the tour of the castle at Himenji, Japan, Frederick and I were discussing the over usage of "pink" again, and how funny it would be to find a pair of rose-colored glasses. As if the pink gods heard us, not less that five minutes later, as we were walking back to the train station, Frederick found a pair of children's pink sunglasses lying on top of a hedge. Go friggin figure!

Naturally, the world would not be complete without all that pink clothing! From pink scarves, jackets, pink hats, gloves, socks, etc. to the completely pink lady in Taiwan - pink shirt, pants and shoes - I never laughed so hard in my life! Folks, try to wear another color - men especially!

And, then, folks, it's on to the pink food, which mainly came in the form of chocolate! I still wonder in awe at what "pink" is supposed to taste like! Yoiks!

Without a doubt, the best pink things in the world, other than body parts, is the pink beauty we find in nature. From roses, cherry blossoms and scores of other flowers, to sunrises and sunsets, to beaches with pink sand (Bermuda and Barbados), to pink creatures, such as pigs, flamingos (Bonaire and Curacao), fishes, and undersea coral, this kind of pink is what I look for!

Pink is truly everywhere, and thus I conclude folks that we hereby live on the Planet Pink !
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