the coquettish princess of tenki
She's the heartthrob of many a Japanese teenager and one English blogger (a friend of mine). Her name is Sae (半井 小絵) and she does the weather on NHK at precisely 7.28pm each evening - not my friend, the heartthrob.
My friend says that what gets him going is the way she bows. He (my friend) says he's never seen anyone bow quite the way Sae does. She kind of goes 45% forward like with a regular bow, then returns her spine to a straight position - but her head lolls back a bit too far, which requires a secondary, smaller head-only bow to compensate and bring the whole body back together again into one single fully functioning unit.
He really likes it, he said. And the way she handles the stick to point out the clouds and sun and other weather-related paraphernalia on her big map.
My friend says that sometimes Sae blows kisses to him through the TV screen.
By chance I had a collection of video recordings of Sae, so I made a short video for my friend. It's only a minute long. The first 40 seconds feature her disseminating weather data, with some carefully chosen music. The last 20 seconds is a bowing compilation so you can see what all the fuss is about....
Running time: 1 minute