Friday, December 16, 2011

Will Miss #398 - moai replicas

I'm not sure why, but Japan loves it some moai. If you don't know what they are, they're the Easter Island heads. Like the Statue of Liberty replicas, moai seem to show up in the oddest places for no reason other than people seem to think they are neat. In Kyushu, there are replicas of them. There are fan magazines devoted to them and many novelty items sold with a moai theme. I'm not sure what the basis of this fascination is, but I consider it a hyperactive version of the American interest in Kokopelli.

The images of moai that I see all over Tokyo remind me that all cultures have an affinity with simple, primitive images created by human hands regardless of the origin of those images, and I will miss that.