Apparently, Japan wants to “spend the whole year with Putin”. That’s putin it about.
Published by the Russian tabloid magazine Zvezdi I Soveti (Stars and Advice), the pictures are accompanied by a series of quotes from Putin addressing his love for cats, the importance of bread and Russia’s military power.
If you are in Japan, head down to your local Loft store. As a result of government restrictions, they are the only shop authorized to sell the calendar in the country. By the start of the year, Loft had already sold almost 350,000 of the calendars!
“We expected some interest from our customers, but didn’t expect it to become this popular,” Loft spokeswoman Koyumi Yokokawa told The Japan Times. “Sometimes you can hear customers, in particular women, saying (Putin) looks good or stylish.”
Apparently, Putin is an ideal form of foreign masculinity in Japan and his fans couldn’t resist seeing his prowess in judo, fishing, hockey, parachuting, flying in a fighter jet, wearing sunglasses, and standing in front of trees.
How useful is this calendar? Well, Vladimir Putin’s birthday, October 7, is the only official holiday listed in the entire calendar so it’s very useful if your 2017 resolution is to send the Russian premier a card.
Siobhan O’Shea is a freelance writer. She writes about pretty much everything but especially likes to bring readers’ attention to new tech, marketing, human behavior, and other oddities.