Double Eyelids: The Japanese Controversial Fad

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The “double-eyelid” or “futae mabuta” in Japan is more than just a fashion trend, after looking at the importance of fashion tribes – you’ve guessed it – the double eyelid holds a deeper meaning too. This is literally a Japanese woman wanting to look aesthetically like another ethnicity, crossing these cultural boundaries can be read as self hatred with the question it raises, which is ‘Why do you want to look like that?’

However, for the other portion of individuals who seek double eyelids, they believe it’s their right to feel comfortable with their own looks and isn’t for the benefit of society. Therefore, if a double-eyelid helps to restore confidence why is it so controversial?

To explain in layman’s terms what a ‘double eyelid’ is, basically you create a visible crease between a person’s eye and their eyebrow. This is a natural feature on most non-Asian eyelids. However, you would never guess this from watching Japanese television or flicking through magazines, as almost every female star appears to possess these wide eyes and they even draw characters with these manmade eyes in their mangas.

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Living in such a contemporary world many women find a double-eyelid to be attractive, fashionable, and modern. After all, if we can make such alterations to our bodies then why not improve it. However, many individuals question this trend because it can be considered a attack on ‘Japanese natural beauty’. Not only this, some people state that the double-eyelid is about rectifying an inferior feature.

Rhiannon Thomas wrote an article in Modern Tokyo Times stating that: ‘Anyone glancing at a magazine aimed at young women in Japan could be forgiven for thinking that the most important asset a woman can possess is the elusive double eyelid.’ Around Tokyo you will find lots of leaflets regarding pleased girls, delighted with their surgery and/or cosmetic tools that gave them the perfect double eyelid.

[How to use double eyelid tape]

Rhiannon Thomas further states: ‘Although double eyelids are coveted throughout East Asia, the trend of ‘correcting’ different eyes via a surgery called blepharoplasty began in Japan. Since the procedure was invented in the 1970s, it has rapidly gained popularity. Although it is not as popular in Japan as it is in South Korea, where the surgery is almost treated as a rite of passage for high school girls, it is now the most common cosmetic procedure performed in Japan. It is most popular with female high school and college students.’

Everyone is entitled to look how they want but if you’d like to try excentuating your eyes without the surgery why not try eyelid glue? You don’t have to buy anything specific. I actually tried putting on fake eyelashes and by mistake glued a double eye and apart from cleaning the sticky residue off it was harmless and safe. Otherwise there is also precut double eyelid tapes which come in different sizes depending on the width of your eyes.

Here is a tutorial on using a popular brand ‘Eyetalk’ personally I wouldn’t stick pointy things near my eyes but knock yourselves out folks:

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  1. Dominic Yusoff says: Reply

    "This is literally a Japanese woman wanting to look aesthetically like another ethnicity, crossing these cultural boundaries can be read as self hatred with the question it raises, which is ‘Why do you want to look like that?"

    Where did you even come up with this nonsense? Self Hatred? Lol. Funny thing is that even with the double eyelids, Japanese women look nothing like Western women and strangely enough they know this as well. The double eyelid was popularized by Japanese celebrities not some desire to look "Western". They want to look like JPOP Ayumi hamasaki not some fat Western girl lol. In my opinion your article is nothing more than cheap eurocentrism aimed again to portray Japan as nothing more than wanting to copy the West. Such claims are of course laughable.

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