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Can we talk about breasts? Specifically, the large kind, which in the United States are affectionately (or not) called “knockers” or “hooters.” In Japan, the slang is more clinical : kyonyu (giant breasts), honyu (rich breasts), and even bakunyu (explosive breasts). These words are clinical because nyu means milk, which makes these breasts sound as if they’re attached to Holsteins.

Anyone who rides the subway gets a faceful of big breasts every day in the advertisements for magazines and comics. The most common image is of a very young woman in a bikini bending over toward the camera in order to emphasize the pendulous nature of her breasts, a posture that makes the comparison to udders unavoidable.

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