Wry Exchange

Ear Picks and Tongue Scrapers
02-19-08, 8:49 pm
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 As Americans, we have a reputation of obsessive hygiene.   We may shower more than some other cultures, but we are behind other cultures.  Do you use a bidet regularly?  Do you have someone clean your ears?  Do you scrape your tongue daily?  Do you wash out your sinuses each morning?
A mimikaki is an ear pick.  From the website: Japanese traditionally clean the wax from the insides of their ears with a small bamboo hook or scoop, called a “mimikaki” — and there’s actually a category of “mimi-kaki fetish,” men who love to have their girlfriends or wives clean their ears. Now you can clean your ears in true Japanese style, with this set of two really cool traditional Japanese mimi-kaki cleaners. One of the cleaners is smaller than the other and has a little wooden “Daruma” figure on it; the end of the longer cleaner has a soft, plush end for gently caressing your ear.  I have seen these with ‘Hello Kitty’ motifs, or made of horn or metal.
  Neti Pot-from the website: The Neti PotTM naturally cleanses, refreshes, and protects the nasal passages, one of our body’s first lines of defense against illness. The goal of nasal irrigation is to clear out excess mucus and particulates and moisturize the nasal cavity.
  Tongue scrapers have been used for thousands of years. Tongue cleaners are  designed to clean the bacterial build-up, food debris, fungi, and dead cells from the surface of the tongue. Fungi? gross!
We’ve all seen bidets.  But how many Americans have used one?  (and not for washing your feets, socks, or dog.)  I found ‘how to use a bidet’ for you to read.


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