The Japanese Face

Trip Start Sep 08, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Japan  , Mie,
Friday, October 8, 2010

I was thinking today as we sat on the train opposite a middle-aged couple wearing their Scuderia Torro Rosso caps, on their way to a fun day out at the Grand Prix, how the Japanese face has a remarkable capacity for sorrow. As if some profound sadness is etched under its skin and it holds this hollow smile with solemn stoicism. As if it has witnessed something so horrific, so unspeakably traumatic that a fixed, joyless smile is the only possible expression it can wear. And then it passed through my mind that of course the Japanese are the only civilian people on whom the devastation of an atomic bomb has been inflicted.
Is it too fanciful and contrite to suggest a link? It certainly would be to imply that such an appreciation of mortality lies behind so many of them apparently being fans of Kimi Raikonen.

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