There's hope for me yet!

Good morning everyone,

It's official. Rainy season has begun. I'm no meteorologist, but I think this year was easy to decide (it has rained for two days straight). The rain should let up later today and be cloudy for the rest of today and tomorrow before starting to rain again on Tuesday. It'll warm up a bit as well-today and tomorrow will be around 24C but it should get up to around 30C by the middle of the week.

106 working women between the ages of 22 and 34 were polled and asked if they’d choose a guy who’s handsome yet dull or one who’s ugly but interesting to be in a romantic relationship with. Specifically, the theoretical non-handsome man was referred to as omoshiroi, a Japanese word that combines aspects of mentally stimulating, humorous, and fun.

Proponents for both options were found. Among those favoring the handsome/boring boyfriend, rationales given included “Even if he’s boring, I can be happy just looking at his face” and “I’m not really looking for a guy who’s ‘interesting,’ because I like quiet men.”

On the other side of the debate was the woman who worried “If it’s not fun being with him, I don’t think I’d be able to permanently commit to a guy.” Reflecting the fact that the question was framed as what type of man the women would want in a continued relationship, many in the interesting/ugly camp spoke about the long-term benefits of an interesting romantic partner. “Being with an omoshiroi guy makes your whole life more cheerful,” declared one respondent.

When the dust settled 62.9 percent of the women had cast their vote for interesting but ugly, which brings to mind an oft-repeated Japanese saying.

Bijin ha mikka de aki busu ha mika de nareru.

The translation is “After three days, you’ll get tired of a beautiful woman, but you’ll get used to an ugly one.” It’s a phrase men often tell one another to remind themselves that looks aren’t everything in choosing a lover, and it looks like many of the women polled would say the same about a handsome man.

There are a lot of mirrors in this country, so I've seen my face a lot...I'm hoping that I'm 'omoshiroii', because only a really, really near-sighted person would put me in the handsome category.

How about you? Which would you prefer?

Have a great day!


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