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05/26/2017

diary May 26th 2017 - neighbor's lawn

when you talk with people in the Philippines, sometimes they refer to the color of skin of Japanese people. please don't misunderstand it is a topic of racial difference or racism. what they want to say is ... average skin color of Japanese are a little bit paler (whitish) than the dark sun tanned skin color of philippino people, and it seems to be attractive and a bit envious to them. To me, it is a matter of difference between 50 steps and 100 steps though ...  may be it is an example of  "the lawn of neighbor looks greener than the lawn of one's back yard ", I guess.  so, I hit upon a joke like this " oh really ?  the skin color of Japanese are attractive for you people ?  thanks it's an effect of neutrogena though ... "
however, I refrained from that joke, cuz I wasn't sure whether that joke makes sense "

フィリピンの人達と話をしていると、日本人の肌の色の話題になることがある。誤解しないでいただきたいが、人種の違いやレイシズムの話ではない。日本人の肌はフィリピンの人達の肌に比べると、やや白い、その肌の白さがフィリピンの皆さんにはある意味、うらやましいらしい。僕にとっては、50歩・100歩の違いのような気もするが、隣の芝生は青く見えるということだろうか。  冗談で返そうかと思った、こんな風に。「え? 日本人の肌が魅力的なんですか? ありがとうございます。 でも、これはニュートロジーナのおかげなんですけどね」  この手のジョークが通じるか?ちょっと不安だったので、あえて止めといた(笑)

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