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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)
Tue, Jul. 20th, 2004 09:35 am (UTC)
Train of thought

In the West familarity breeds contempt, in the East familarity breeds contentment. Or so it seems. Maybe if you lived in Japan you would no longer be able to "see Japan" to quote your song. Vocational passion only seems to exist in the professional or artisan classes in the West. The utilitarian is stigmatized, hence the lack of willing hands to do the dirty or drab jobs and hence the culture of bringing in immigrant labour. Japan obviously does not operate this model. By ritualising the repetition (as in your example) it glorifies infrastructure workers and it's society.

Is all of this obsessiveness healthy ? Well maybe to our eyes it seems odd but then we always want to find fault, we always want to explain it away in psychological language. Do the Japanese have psychiatrists ? I'd be interested to know what are the current 'obsessions' in popular culture right now. What are people reading on the train ?

So where does anomie operate in Japanesse society, surely there must be some ? Does it reveal itself in Manga and in the imagination of popular culture ?

Another fabulous entry, Nick. Do you realise that you are fostering a form of compulsive behavior in the people who read and post here ! Reading your musings are habit forming : "Kkkkyyyyyoooooooo!'

Richard g


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