The culture that is Japan markets in everything

Uguisu no Fun’s main effect – that being bleaching and exfoliating the skin – is a result of Guanine, a naturally occurring enzyme found in nightingale droppings. Kabuki actors and high-ranking geisha girls have always prized it as the best way to remove their heavy makeup while leaving their high-priced skin smooth and supple.

The link with photos is here and for the pointer I thank Scott Rogers.

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Guanine is not an enzyme...

I looked up the product out of curiosity and found this on potential reasons why it works (although the actual mechanism is not completely known): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uguisu_no_fun#Mechanism_of_facial

Note that the Wikipedia article has no Japanese version. Not sure what to make of that, though it does seem to be a real product.

I assumed that this would be written as うぐいすの糞 (nightingale excrement), but it's actually written as うぐいすの粉 (pronounced the same, but means nightingale powder). I guess this tested better with focus groups.

Ahhh, kanji puns, always so fun to sort out.

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Interesting. Guanine is a component of DNA.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guanine

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