The recent U.S. election has already had, and will continue to have effects all over the world. But one sector that no one expected has had one of the biggest effects of them all: sales of rubber Donald Trump masks in Japan.
Ogawa Studios, the creator of the popular Trump mask, is one of the most popular manufacturers of rubber masks in Japan. They have everything from politicians to monsters to celebrities all available to wear via their special brand of not-quite-right-and-therefore-creepy rubber masks.
But ever since Donald Trump’s recent victory in the U.S. election, sales of his mask have skyrocketed. Ogawa Studios sold out of the masks within a day, and has since put further sales on hold for fear that they wouldn’t be able to fulfill incoming orders.
The masks will be back up soon, with Ogawa Studio planning on producing more than ever before, but what caused the rush on people buying them? This is Japan, after all – what do Japanese people want with hundreds of masks of Donald Trump?
Japanese netizens offered up some of their theories:
“These masks are perfect for end of the year parties with co-workers, or to give as a Christmas gift.” “Maybe Japan is getting ready for its own Trump-like revolution?” “I mean, if you’re going to buy a mask of somebody, then you want it to be someone important. And right now there’s no one more important in the world.”
All valid points, though I hope the end of the year party preparation one is correct. Like most parties with coworkers in Japan, end of the year parties held in late November to late December are more or less just an excuse to get drunk.
Source: Nikkan Sports News via Hachima Kiko
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