Admittedly the idea of instant photographs being hits is kinda funny/terrible but I do like the novelty of it. Especially if there's a signature on it.
Enter my first cheki autograph ever. I had my friend Ryan over at This Card Is Cool pick it up for me on Yahoo Auction for less than I thought it'd go for.
The girl is 21 year old fashion model, 近藤・瑛茉・ジャズミン(Kondo Emma Jasmine) who just goes by Emma Jasmine. Miss Jasmine is half Japanese and half Australian, and she's been involved with the entertainment industry since her youth but started modeling in her teens. Now her career has started to really take off as she's started appearing on more magazine covers and has even made television appearances.
I actually also asked Ryan to get this magazine with her on the cover last year too. This is the September 12th edition of a monthly magazine called "Young Magazine" filled with Japanese comics (manga's), but the covers (and back) are always of a bikini-clad model. Japan takes "sex sells" to the very edge of the line it can go without crossing it (by their standards).
The first few pages of the book are a few glamour shots of the cover girl followed by lots of comics. I've skimmed through most of the comics and I thought they were kinda meh (note, the only manga/anime I've ever really enjoyed were the Yu-Gi-Oh! animes/mangas). But if you look at the last page, you'll see a promotion for something on the lower left hand corner.
Yup, the cheki I got was a special promotional item from this very magazine. You'd just write in a postcard with some personal info and if you're lucky, you'd win this free instant photograph with an autograph and inscription.
Apparently these were limited to 10 copies and the seller must've been one of the lucky few.
The cheki came with this letter written by the company that runs Young Magazine to congratulate the lucky winner.
|Back of the cheki|
Because Japan still does through the mail promotions (depending on the venue), I can only imagine how much tougher it is for people who're fans of anything popular to try and be a super collector of anything. Still, I'm glad to finally own a unique piece of autographed memorabilia.
The other day I went to a Japanese supermarket and saw Ms. Jasmine on the cover of a Japanese fashion magazine (with more clothes, although the cover was a closeup of her face) so I'd say she's well on her way to making a name for herself as a top model in Japan.
Anyway, now I can finally say I have blogged about an autograph of a famous female person. It's taken far too long for me to accomplish this milestone, but hopefully there'll be more to come.
So yeah, thanks a ton to Ryan for all of the help, I'll prepare another mountain of stuff I don't need to dump onto you.
As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).