You remember I wrote about the controversial mascot for Nara’s Heijo-Kyo anniversary, right? Well Tokyo Mango picked up the same story and posted the photo you can see here. Clearly the little girl is frightened out of her skin at the sight of the antler-inflicted Buddha guy… or is she?
Seeing isn’t believing
It turns out that this picture was “photoshopped”, a word used to describe an image edited (or in this case, faked) with the popular graphics program, Adobe Photoshop. Quite why such an expensive piece of software is so popular its name gets used as a verb, I have no idea, but it seems everyone has a copy… literally. 😉
How do you edit your photos?
I’m stuck with an old version of Paint Shop Pro, which is way cheaper than Photoshop and can do almost as much, but how about you guys? What do you edit your photos with?
The year 2010 marks the 1,300th anniversary of Heijo-kyo, the capital city of Japan for much of the Nara period (710-794), and home to the remains of the Imperial Palace, now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The city of Nara has big plans to celebrate this anniversary, with 12-13 million people expected to attend the events, which will cost an estimated 10 billion yen according to the Yomiuri. It seems the organizing association hopes to raise the money from corporate sponsors.
This is where it gets really interesting. There were 21 proposals made for the anniversary’s mascot and this is the one that was chosen…
The copyright for that image cost 500 million yen, and to make matters worse, everyone hates it! Much like the logo for the 2012 Olympics, this mascot has drawn complaints from all over the place. Already there are over 1,000 comments on this blog, and among other Japanese blogs I found this mascot which some people prefer…
…and these mascots to show disapproval for the chosen one: