People bite their nails when they’re nervous. But in Japan, young fashionistas do manicure to make them want to bite theirs.
A walk down Tokyo’s busy streets would show that sushi nail art is the latest trend among fashion-conscious youngsters. And the variety of sushi food representations is simply dizzying.
It used to be that ladies take extra care to make their manicures even in coat application and uniform in color. But now the more varied the colors and designs the better.
Tweets of manicures and nail art designed like the items on the conveyor belt of a sushi bar have gained popularity on Japanese social media, with some posts being retweeted over 10,000 times in a few days, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Japan Real Time.
One of the most recent images online shows tuna on the thumb, shrimp on the index finger, salmon roe on the middle finger, salmon on the ring finger and egg roll on the pinky. That’s a full meal. One might be tempted to dip her fingers in a plate of wasabi and soy sauce.
Some of the sushi nails are three-dimensional, and examples include octopus, squid and sea urchin.
The newspaper says the combination of Japan’s traditional cuisine and nail art is the latest example of the Japanese youngsters’ obsession with everything “kawaii” or “cute”.
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