Japan's Latest Weird Trend: The Face Down Pose?

Todd-Spence by Todd-Spence on Jan. 15, 2014

- TODD SPENCE (twitter)

Japan is a trendsetter, there is no doubt, but this one goes beyond fashion or entertainment.

It's called the "Face Down Pose", or as site Kotaku has coined it, the "Hair Smile".  The trend shows Japanese women posing, only showing the top of their heads, usually hiding or covering the face with their hands or phones.  It looks like men are doing the pose too but it doesn't quite work since they're not wearing a Steel Magnolias wig and kitchen knives as finger nails.  Even the Japanese media doesn't know what to make of the Face Down Pose. 

Maybe they're just smelling their fingers?

I don't get it either, but to each their own.  I just got a mustache finger tattoo only last month, so I'm already way behind.

Here are some other examples of the Face Down Pose.  I hope you guys don't mind the smell of hairspray. Is this

Japan's version of The Phantom Zone.  Kneel before Rod.

I'd be embarassed by my aunt's living room too.

In Japan, the kids play "Heads Up, Fingers Up".

A quick prayer before dinner, everyone.

Steel Magnolias fan club meets every Tuesday night.

Countdown Live doesn't mean you should actually count...down.

Everyone comes to Japan to admire its first brick street.

Japan has the sexiest bridge trolls.

Who knows if this will catch on in America, as strange as it is.  We are the country who coined the knock-out game so anything goes over here too.  For me personally, I'm going to get it going now so people will finally think I'm cool.