Why is the "V" sign seen so often in Japanese photos? It is said to have become a popular pose after the Winter Olympics of 1972, which were held in Sapporo in northern Japan. American figure skater, Janet Lynn fell during her free style performance, but never let down her smile. She ended up with the Bronze medal, but Japanese viewers admired her attitude. Later, she was frequently seen on TV and print media flashing the peace sign (this was during the Vietnam war) and it caught on in popular photography here.
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