My daughter got a play set from her grandparents this Christmas. The set itself had about half the things pictured on the box, a typical technique for getting customers to buy more and more stuff that is shown. But what drew my attention was the family dolls pictured on the box. Lika is the main character of this family and is the Japanese equivalent of Barbie. In the picture there is a mother, grand mother, a sister, younger toddler type kids and look at the father! Basically they just cut back a regular girl doll and called it papa. It’s either encouraging that I can read that in Japanese, or upsetting that this character is the father of the family.
Even in Japan men are men. Funny they had to cost cut him in the case of Lika chan’s!