This is the suggestion in the Daily Post today:
You wake up one morning to a world without mirrors. How does your life — from your everyday routines to your perception of yourself — change?
I don’t have to imagine this. It happened to me.
I spent a few days in Ofunato, a village on the north-east coast of Japan. I picked wasabi (horseradish) with the people with whom I stayed. It was great fun.
There’s wasn’t a mirror anywhere on the place. None in the bathrooms or the bedrooms.
There was, however, a small shard of a mirror on a shelf next to the sink in the barn. I spotted it after I had been there a few days and I assumed the shard of mirror was there so people could wipe away any mud from the fields if any got on their faces.
It had been a few days since I had seen my face. When I looked, I was shocked. Who the heck was this long-nosed, narrow-faced man staring back at me?
After a few days of talking to Japanese people, my face was strange to me.
I wondered how I looked to the people I was staying with.
I hadn’t seen another Westerner in the time I had been there.
Maybe I looked as strange to them as I had looked to myself.
Turning it around, how did I ‘see’ the Japanese people I was with?
Did I ‘see’ them in a certain way – without looking properly and without seeing – even when they were so different from one another.
Would I be less able to tell two Japanese people apart than another Japanese person would?
Revolving thoughts teaching me to think again.