As I wandered along the shopping arcade in Togoshi Ginza, I saw a large face on the side of the road. It had a towering nose. No matter how you look at it, it is not the face of an East Asian. It was placed in front of an Italian restaurant. The face of this doll must have been made in the image of a Westerner with a high nose.
Why are there regional differences in the height of noses in the first place? According to one study, the height of the nose is a result of adaptation to the climate of the region where one lives. The natural environment of each region has a great impact on it. For example, Europeans who live in cold climates have thin and high noses because they have evolved to heat and humidify the cold, dry air.
To prevent cold air from entering the lungs directly, the air is heated and humidified in the nose, and the narrower the nasal cavity, the more efficient it is. The narrower the nasal cavity, the higher the nose. As a result, the noses of people living in colder climates with higher latitudes are narrower and higher.
If this logic is correct, then the noses of people all over the world must be getting shorter and shorter as global warming progresses.
|Jun 2021 STILL LIFE TOKYO|
|FACE NOSE SHOPPING ARCADE TOGOSHI|
June 6, 2021
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