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Wed, Jan. 7th, 2009 03:04 am
Japan's new sakoku?

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(Anonymous)
Wed, Jan. 7th, 2009 09:48 am (UTC)

i'm just coming to the end of a five-ish month long exchange study in Kyoto (coming from a Scottish art college). Certainly it's been difficult, being my first time in Japan (or Asia at all). I wasn't expecting otherwise, so i've taken the time to learn the language and etiquette, etc, in the hope of not appearing too much of a gaijin.
But i wasn't expecting quite so much (perhaps unintentional) cultural insularity here. It's as if the Japanese don't quite know what to do with foreigners - at home the Scots treat visitors with either a great deal of interest and warmth, or else outright intimidation. But in Kyoto, no-one really knows what to do with us.


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qscrisp
qscrisp
Wed, Jan. 7th, 2009 11:22 am (UTC)

That has always been my experience of Japan, even in the nineties when I first went there. That line drawn between Japanese and the rest of humanity seems uncrossable in any way that will be publicly acknowledged in Japanese society, although, if you're lucky, you might be able to cross that line with individuals. Thank god for individuals.


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Jan. 7th, 2009 11:56 am (UTC)

gosh yes. and of course the Japanese individuals who are most interested in crossing that line are the ones who aren't in Japan anymore.


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funazushi
funazushi
funazushi
Wed, Jan. 7th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)

I wouldn't worry about it too much, Kyoto is culturally insular to Japanese people as well.


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