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RT published this video item, entitled “Two-faced | Japanese shop sells masks of real people’s faces” – below is their description.
How would you feel about letting strangers wear your face in public? ’Cause there’s a shop in Tokyo that can make that happen for you.
Kamenya Omoto pays 40,000 yen (roughly $383) to 3D-scan people’s faces and turn them into hyper-realistic masks. The shop then sells the face masks for 98,000 yen (about $938) – a minor financial outlay when you think of all the banks you could rob.
Incredibly, the company has been inundated with people wanting to sell the use of their face, so Shuhei Okawara, the shop’s owner, can afford to be picky. He won’t buy the face of anyone under 20 years old, for starters. Face owners will receive royalties if a mask sporting their visage starts flying off the shelves, but they’re not allowed to disclose their identities.
There’s probably a reason this gap in the market has remained unfilled for so long…RT YouTube Channel
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In This Story: Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan’s busy capital, mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples. The opulent Meiji Shinto Shrine is known for its towering gate and surrounding woods. The Imperial Palace sits amid large public gardens.