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Tue, Jul. 20th, 2004 09:45 am
Superlegitimacy: passion and ecstasy of a Tokyo train driver

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(Anonymous)
Mon, Jul. 19th, 2004 10:47 pm (UTC)
Japan Otaku

Perhaps I'm an otaku, but I think the most otaku-like thing
I do these days is look at the Momus blog perhaps
a little too often for it to be considered rational behaviour.
Why? For all the insights about Japanese culture and one
hundred other things. This is my favourite magazine, though
it is a secret pleasure, which is why I prefer relative
anonymity.

The reply about Japanese workers being "re-purposed" as
theme park workers reminded me of Baudrillard's hilarious
essay on Disneyfication:

http://www.uta.edu/english/apt/collab/texts/disneyworld.html

If you've got 10 minutes. Stop and read this. It could be your
daily laugh. You can almost smell the French cigarettes and
dark roast coffee in this essay.

Cultures everywhere appear strange and ritualistic if you
take a step backwards.

Having spent the better part of a decade here in Japan the
rest of the world is beginning to look exotic to me.


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