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Faces of the year


Nanako Oyama, an employee of Kyugetsu, a Japanese traditional doll company, arranges "hagoita" battledores at the company's showroom in Tokyo. The wooden racquets are adorned with images based on persons of the year. The racquets from left in the bottom show Britain's Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, holding the Prince of Cambridge, former IOC President Jacques Rogge with the name of the city of Tokyo elected to host the 2020 Summer Olympics and Japan Series winning baseball team Rakuten Eagles ace Masahiro Tanaka with manager Senichi Hoshino.

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The one of Kate is rubbish, really. Did they even look at a photo of the woman beforehand? And what on earth does Prince JGA mean?

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I was trying to work out what link the Olympics had with George Bush. Crumbs..what utter tat.

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Is that Peter Lorre at the back, far right?

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for a nation that has such great artists these really are applingly bad likenesses.

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Actually only the Japanese caricatures look like who they are suppose to be, I guess drawing Western caricature is more difficult

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I wish these photographers would use standard lenses - the poor girl's head is distorted.

As for the battledores - Kate and William look like extras from Eastenders or Coronation Street... thuggish broken noses and ruddy complexion. The others look more flattering, though.

Wish Nanako Oyama was more centrally placed, though... that's really bugging me, the way her head is being stretched up to the corner...

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William looks like an angry aubergine.

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Jimizo - I thought he looked like Wayne Rooney.

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I just hope they don't hire this artist at the royal mint in the future. I wouldn't like the idea of looking at that on a tenner.

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picasso wannabe

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Now we know where that infamous European art restorer finally found a job..

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