?

Log in

No account? Create an account
click opera
February 2010
 
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wed, Jan. 7th, 2009 03:04 am
Japan's new sakoku?

44CommentReplyFlag


(Anonymous)
Wed, Jan. 7th, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
one impression

well, i'm back from my first trip to japan, so i can only comment on what i noticed there. i was surprised to find a lot of nyc fashions in vogue there, definitely far before such clothing reaches the smaller states in the U.S. they were, however, outrageously priced compared to in manhattan. on new year's day females sporting the traditional clothing were mainly only small children and the presenters on television. in the department store restaurant floors, many of the japanese restaurants were packed but more american or western places were semi-empty. italian fare was still wildly popular. i was disappointed to find most of the japanese top 40 infested with really boring facsimiles of coldplay, nickelback, britney spears, et al. on the ANA flight back i was intrigued to find the new capsule album highlighted as a listening choice on the inflight entertainment system. japan seemed to me as a country not exactly embarrassed by its heritage but instead distracted by the sheer amount of consumer goods from the west. unfortunately i think this will be the case in every country eventually. even the radicals who shot up bombay were wearing bootleg versace. anyhow, one point of view from eight days of trying rapidly to soak up everything.


ReplyThread
imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Jan. 7th, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
Re: one impression

japan seemed to me as a country not exactly embarrassed by its heritage but instead distracted by the sheer amount of consumer goods from the west.

I think you may have a clearer view, as a first-time visitor, than we do; that probably is still the big picture. We're so fixated on incremental changes (ie the fact that Japan used to be massively more like this than it is now) that we fail to see that this is basically still the general situation there.


ReplyThread Parent