japan: faces stamp

we saved the bulk of our shopping days for the last couple days of our trip. one of the fun things we came across was this faces stamp that was released about a year ago. and i think it may have won some awards or something.

it's basically a silicon cylinder with a face at the end. and the face is easily manipulated by squishing the tube however you want. i figure the main application for such a stamp would be for grading school papers. but the way the original face is cut out, it's easier to make funny/angry/sad faces than happy ones. i bet this would be a mean teacher's dream.