Santa's gift and the Japanese poop obsession
The following is a quote from an article that appeared last Wednesday in Christian Today:
The Church of England has expressed its disappointment with the Royal Mail over this year's Christmas stamps, which are noticeably void of Christian references and opt instead for festive fun features. Baby Jesus, the Virgin Mary and the three wise men have been ditched for the Royal Mail's 2006 Christmas stamp collection in favour of festive images of Santa Claus, snowmen, reindeer and a Christmas tree surrounded by presents...
The Royal Mail's 40th collection of festive stamps, which went on sale Tuesday, was designed by Japanese digital illustrator Tatsuro Kiuchi.
And on one web forum I frequent, a poster named Mulboyne made this point: "Less religious detractors wonder why Santa appears to be taking a dump down the chimney in one of the stamps."
Given that the Japanese are not fervently religious, it makes sense that a Japanese designer would focus on Santa. I, for one, and glad to see a potential poop theme in the Xmas stamp collection. By directing the collective public's attention toward more jovial themes like Santa and pooping, I think the UK could take the lead in easing religious tension throughout the country, and perhaps throughout the world. Maybe the newly elected Democratic Congress and Senate could take a page from Tasturo Kiuchi and get brown with their legislation.
And on a related note, Dave will get from me a sheet of cutesy pastel poop stickers from Japan for Christmas.
Dave says: I queried Mr. Hubbard as to the nature of these stickers. He replied:
There tend to be a whole range of Unchi-kun (Little Mr. Poop) and related products in Japan. I have found that the official Unchi-kun series is produced by an Osaka food-maker called Tomoe Bussan. I cannot, however, locate a website for them. I will try to scan the poop stickers for you, but in the meantime, enjoy the following Japanese scatogastronomy.
Follow-up: Mr. Hubbard was indeed able to scan those stickers.