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Japans Bagel Head Hoax, The trend Made Up by the Media

The Truth about The Japans Bagel Head Hoax, I mean Trend

Japans Bagel Head Hoax? Japans Bagel Head, what’s that? The question most Japanese people were asking themselves once they read about the newest trend sweeping their island nation.

What is The Japanese Bagel Head Trend?

A bagel head is an unusual form of body modification which consists of injecting saline solution under the skin, forming a large swelling on the forehead.

In the second step, the person performing the procedure presses their thumb into the center of the saline solution under the skin.

Which gives the persons forehead the appearance of a bagel. The “bagel” stays on the forehead for 6 – 24 hours before returning to normal.

The True Origin of The Bagel Head

The bagel head procedure was first done in Canada by Jerome Abramovitch in 1999 and was brought to Japan in 2007 by Keroppy Maeda.

Keroppy Maeda only performs the procedure approximately 10 times a year on special occasions such as underground fetish parties.

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Showing off their bagel head body modification with Television Producer La Carmina in the middle.

If the Bagel Head Procedure was being performed in Canada and only on special occasions. how did it get classified as the Japanese Bagel Head Trend?

Lies and Tv Magic!

For the National Geographic series “Taboo”, the producers found a few brave people in Japan willing to try the procedure.

Taboo filmed the process from start to finish on these bagel head virgins. You can watch the bagel head procedure being performed on the Japanese guinea pigs below.


Japanese Bagel Head Hoax got it’s start with this photoshoot.

Media Outlets make Bold Claims About the Bagel Head Hoax/Trend

Using nothing but the above video, media outlets began to spread the narrative of the “Japanese Bagel Head Trend”

The Huffington Post Hoax Headline Describing Bagel Head Injections as Japan’s Biggest Beauty Trend

Shortly after the episode of “Taboo” aired on the National Geographic Channel, the story was picked up by international media outlets, including the Daily Mail, the Huffington post, CNN and mashable.

The Huffington Post Headline calling Bagel Head Injections as Japan's Biggest Beauty Trend

As if the streets of Japan were filled with people walking around with bagels on their forehead.

The daily mail’s hoax headline on “Bagel Head” The Extreme Beauty Trend

Article claiming japanese bagel head trend by daily mail

Watching the video, you clearly see the people featured are new to bagel head body modification. The fact is, the media one hundred percent knew they were spinning a lie to their audience and made the conscious decision to perpetrate this hoax anyway.

The Problem With the Japanese Bagel Head Trend!

The problem was, hardly anyone in Japan had heard of the bagel head procedure. The main reason for this, as was stated earlier, is because it was a Canadian thing, not a Japanese thing. Even in Canada, it’s unlikely anyone would classify it as a trend.

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Bagel head modification

Every story by large media companies tried to “spin” the process as the wacky new Japanese bagel head trend – when in reality, it wasn’t a trend, not even among the most hardcore body modification types.

Apart from being hideous looking There Are Reasons the Japanese Bagel Head Trend is a Hoax and not a “Trend”

Firstly, it is expensive and takes specialized equipment. However, the main reason it’s more of a hox than a trend is most Japanese people don’t even know it exists.

Photoshoot of people involved in the Japanese bagel head Hoax.
Photoshoot of people involved in the Japanese bagel head Hoax..

The story’s spread came as a complete shock to Japanese media outlets, including Excite News where one reporter declared,

“Having never heard of ‘bagel head’ I was as surprised as anyone to see these pictures of young people. A perfectly cute forehead transformed by a grotesque swelling. It looks quite like a space alien. I shudder to think, but according to news sites all over, this is Japan’s latest trend?”

 The overblown coverage has confused many Japanese people – who had not seen or heard of the practice outside of international media. The reason for this is simple. There were people in Japan performing the bagel head procedure, but in very small numbers.

If you research this, you’ll see the same five or six Japanese citizens over and over.

Suggesting the media transformed a small group of open-minded individuals willing to be filmed under going the Bagel Head procedure and transformed it into the Japanese Bagel Head Trend.

From Wikipedia

The bagel head procedure was first done in Canada by Jerome Abramovitch in 1999 and was brought to Japan in 2007 by Keroppy Maeda. Since that time, he performs it approximately 10 times a year at special occasions such as underground fetish parties. The procedure involves the subject taking a 300-400 cc medical-grade saline injection to the mid-forehead over a period of two hours, which is then often given a depression in the center, leading to the “bagel head” name. According to Maeda, “The body absorbs it over time so by the next morning it just goes back to normal”

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Photoshoot of people involved in the Japanese bagel head Hoax.
Photoshoot of people involved in the Japanese bagel head Hoax..

Conclusion

So, as you can see, the media found a rarely performed procedure and escalated it into the Japanese Bagel Head Trend. When in reality, it was mostly done in Canada, when it was done at all.

That’s your media for you, why tell the truth when it’s more fun and attracts more eyeballs to exaggerate or completely fabricate stories.

If you take one thing from this story on the Japanese Bagel Head Trend let it be this. Do not believe anything you read on the internet without verification. Especially about the Japanese Bagel Head Trend that never was.

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This is an updated repost of “Japanese Bagel Head Trend that Never Was!”

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