A kiss is just a kiss?

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I don’t know.  I’m a bit confused right now.  You all know this iconic sculpture, don’t you?  Up until now, I had always assumed that there was only one of them.  But now I find out that there are many of them outside of France.  There is even one on permanent display in a Tokyo museum, which is currently being exhibited in Kyoto until the 20th of this month.  (Incidentally, kissing – unlike nudity – is so taboo in Japan that when the sculpture was first shown in Tokyo in 1930, the heads were covered up but not the bodies!  Japanese people don’t kiss in public, it’s regarded as obscene.) 

I’m wondering whether to go and see it in Kyoto or not.  I mean, if it’s not the real deal, then why should I bother?  On the other hand, if I don’t go, then I may regret it later on.  I certainly am not planning to go and visit Tokyo – or France, or anywhere else – any time soon.  I’m too busy.

Anyway, why on earth would there be so many different versions of one sculpture around?  It’s stupid.  I don’t know who to trust anymore.

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2 comments on “A kiss is just a kiss?

  1. Karen says:

    I don’t think it’s such a bad idea. The original must weigh a trillion pounds and be hard to transport. At least with a copy, more people are able to see the masterpiece. No kissing, eh? Aren’t cultural differences just amazing?

  2. Miko says:

    That’s right, no kissing and no hugging either. Sometimes you’ll see a young couple doing it in the station – how people stare at them! What’s really strange is that pornographic magazines, sometimes kiddy porn which is widely available, is read quite openly here especially on trains. I don’t think it should be allowed.

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