Why Radish Girl, You Ask?

My cohort Apple Half and I visited the "Little Boy: The Arts of Japan's Exploding Subculture" show at Japan Society last weekend--and it was AMAZING! Though the show closed on the 24th, everyone should check out the catalouge... I'd never really thought about the atomic bomb and how it truly affected things. It was amazing to see artists my age dealing with something so horrendous that pre-dated their lives by so many years. It was a sad show with a sense of humor...if that makes sense.

But who is Radish Girl?

Well, it refers to one of the anime clips there, called Daikon IV. It begins with "highlights" from Daikon III, in which a little girl battles a variety of formidable foes to carry a mug of liquid to its final destination--a daikon radish growing in a field. She pours said magical potion onto the radish, and alas--it turns into a giant spaceship! We then jumped to Daikon IV, in which the little girl has grown up, and now fights for justice dressed as a Playboy bunny, and kicks the butt of the likes of Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, and countless others...

As we stood there watching, Apple Half named me Radish Girl.

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