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Pasa Rosa Faces?

I just finished the excellent 'You Gotta Have Wa' and this particular sentence left me perplexed:

Miniskirted pom-pom girls with pasa rosa faces assist them in their cause.

The presence of italics suggests its either a romanji spelling of some katakana phrase or accented English like basebaru appears in the book. It is only mentioned once, and for the life of me I cannot figure out what a pasa rosa face would even be. Anyone know?

Searching for pasa rosa, pasa rosa face, or パサロサ does not turn up anything useful.
Re: Pasa Rosa Faces?
[ Author: Guest: Jerkface | Posted: Jun 28, 2012 4:41 AM ]

Re: Pasa Rosa Faces?
[ Author: westbaystars | Posted: Jun 28, 2012 3:04 PM | YBS Fan ]

Ah, yes. Sorry about the delay in answering this one. I had read that as "Miniskirted pom-pom girls with rosy cheeked faces...." I fear that I often just fill in unknown words with what I think will fit and make sense. As there are still a lot of Kanji that I don't know, that doesn't always turn out well.

So rather than guessing, I went to the source. Whiting-san was kind enough to reply that I wasn't far off. He says that it comes from Spanish and literally means "faces going or turning pink."

Whiting-san followed up by saying, "Jim Bailey used it long ago in a review about a movie about teenage girls in Japan and it just stuck with me. It seemed to suit Koshien in the summer heat." I agree.

That was an interesting question. Thank you.
Re: Pasa Rosa Faces?
[ Author: Guest: Jerkface | Posted: Oct 26, 2012 12:58 AM ]

Thank you so much for finding out! That certainly makes sense, and he is right that it does fit the atmosphere he is describing. Great!

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