One of the matters which have been on my mind from a longtime
ago is a 'deep question about nose hair', say a 'mystery of nose
hair', or say a 'wonder of nose hair', or the 'secrets of nose hair'.
The beginning of the question was very much simple, say 'why does
anybody look like a "silly", even though they are a wise
man or a true gentleman, or a beautiful woman or a handsome man,
if one's nose hair comes out of one's nostrils, even 1 mm only?'
But beginning thinking about the reason, the story does not easily
come to an end and falls into a deep place.
To give an example by a face, no one with a little bit funny head
hair, eyebrows or eyelashes never look like a "silly', even mustaches
or beards throw their weight around with no thought. Furthermore a
'charismatic hair-designer' is doing a good business, or eyebrows
are erased and redrawn, or eyelashes are made look longer by adding
false eyelashes, why only nose hair is discriminated?
It is said that the head hair protects the head, however the efficacy
is considerably doubtful, it is also a cook-and-bull story that eyelashes
protect the eyeballs against dust, or as for eyebrows and a beard
we cannot understand at all what their functions are except for their
aesthetic effect, of course.
Although its function that nose hair sticks at protecting the lungs
from dust or dirt coming into them is most unquestionable among noticeable
hair on the face, why nose hair is so much looked down on that 'everybody
laughs at somebody whose nose hair comes out of his or her nostrils,
just by 1 mm'?
Sometimes I am eager to doubt if 'having a prejudice' means nose hair,
in Japanese 'hating somebody like hair' means 'having a prejudice
I have never seen, as far as I remember, 'Mona Lisa with nose hair
coming out of her nostrils' or 'David with nose hair coming out of
his nostrils', while we can see a lot of leading characters with nose
hair coming out of their nostrils in Japanese 'farces' and not a few
examples that "silly", not "happy-go-lucky", characters'
nose hair comes out of their nostrils in not only Japanese but also
overseas 'cartoons". Even in Kabuki in which players' faces are
made up so flamboyantly I have never seen any character who dares
to make their nose hair come out of their nostrils.
Thus hate or disdain for an affair 'nose hair coming out of one's
nostrils', say 'hate against nose hair', or say [disdain against nose
hair', seems a common phenomenon or attitude at every corner in the
world, not only in Japan.
As I, who have been working in the world continents except for South
America, feel so, the above conclusion may not be so big a mistake,
The attached illustration is the 'Father of BAKABON', a main character
of the 'Genius BAKABON (Silly Boy)' by that AKATSUKA Fujio.