First of all, I was born and raised in Japan.
My nationality is of course Japan and I live in Japan.
I play on North American servers because it is interesting to feel the cultural differences.
I'm going to write today's diary while munching a hot dog.
I heard that an American female singer said she is Japanese. I, and the Japanese people around me, are not offended by such a thing. In fact, I'm glad to hear her say that. I just called my friend and asked her about it and she agreed with me.
Is it wrong of her to use Japanese culture to make money?
When I saw Harajuku girl, I felt the image of Americanized Japanese culture. But I didn't feel any ill will from her. Rather, she took elements of Japanese culture that she liked. That's the image I got from her. So I'm okay with it. I'm rather grateful to her, because she is spreading Japanese culture. What about Tokyo Drift? The actor Takashi is not even Japanese. Well, if you think about it that way, he's set up to be ridiculously loyal to Japan. And what about Kill Bill? Is it safe to say that Star Wars no longer has a kendo element? Anyway, I don't think we should find an easy target to attack and concentrate criticism.
It's not that the Japanese don't get angry no matter what is done to them.
There is one example where the Japanese were outraged.
It was when Kim Kardashian created a line of corrective underwear named kimono. She tried to trademark the word kimono. If she trademarked the name of a traditional Japanese costume, Japanese kimono makers would have to pay her every time they sold kimono to someone. Many Japanese felt like she was stealing our culture. Of course, many kimono makers were outraged by her actions, and the city of Kyoto, where many kimono makers are located, wrote this letter to her. Yes, the government sent her an angry letter.
"If you do not understand kimono, please come to Kyoto.
We will show you all about Japanese culture, including the kimono!"
I have an American friend.
He told me that she doesn't understand why the Japanese are angry with her because she does really stupid things and she is rich but lives in a cave. I don't care or know what the Kardashian family's house is made of or who they are, but anyway, by Japanese ethics, her actions at that time constituted cultural theft.
This time around.
It is obvious to everyone that she is not Japanese.
Then her statement this time must be from her heart.
He was disappointed when he saw a cold toilet seat after using a legendary Japanese toilet once, he loves the dining table kotatsu, and he even started eating tofu with a smile after he knew there was a tofu dish made with meat, which he disliked at first. After being exposed to the bathing culture that the Japanese are so passionate about, he began taking a bath every day. What about my friend who belongs to the U.S. Navy who says that bathing with yuzu-scented bath salts feels good and relaxing?
He loves his bed dryer.
We don't have them in the US, he said.
In about three hours, the bed will be warm and fluffy and the mites will be gone.
"Who wants a bed that's cold and damp from night sweats from the day before? Of course I want a soft and fluffy bed!!!"
He is eating a lot of Japanese rice and home-cooked Japanese food while saying these things.
He is a military man, so he has to go to many places in Japan. So he sometimes asks me for advice on hotels. His request is, "I'm looking for a room with a separate bathtub and toilet, but I need your help. Oh, and I don't have any money, so I need a cheap hotel."
He is definitely American, but sometimes he seems Japanese.
He's slowly becoming acclimated to the Japanese culture and lifestyle.
I can't deny his behavior, and can you guys call him a cultural plagiarist?
I don't mean to be defensive of him, but I will add this.
He said he hadn't bathed in a bathtub since he was a small boy.
He described tofu as something tasteless and chewy.
He said he was going to complain about the legendary toilet, which was rumored to have a very high AIM, after he used it.
He had never experienced a kotatsu, which he said was definitely something the U.S. needed, but that if it became widespread, the obesity rate would be high, as he bit into a Japanese ice cream for dessert after eating a Japanese hot pot dish.
The woman who was criticized for her remarks lives in the United States.
But maybe she is familiar with the Japanese style of life and culture to the extent that she can experience it in the US. If that is the case, I don't think there is any need to be upset with her. As a Japanese, I can tell you that American teriyaki is not Japanese teriyaki, and teppan-yaki is not cultural theft, although I would like to ask what happened to Japanese teppan-yaki on the way across the Pacific. Japanese ramen is originally a Chinese noodle dish. Japanese kanji came from China. Even Shinto is a mixture of Buddhist elements that came from India via China. Culture is not something to be stolen, it is something that transcends national borders. However, as a Japanese, I will never allow Japanese traditional culture to be trademarked or criticized just because of its image.
Are some people angry at her because Japanese culture is easy to make money?
Then I have a thought as a Japanese creator. We need to update Japanese culture while preserving its traditions.
Speaking of culture, there was another event that many Japanese were angry about.
When Ghost of Tsushima was released, Japanese gamers were angry at Japanese game makers. You guys are not going to shut up when an American game maker has done it so perfectly! Yoshi-p was frustrated by this, and said on the community broadcast that he felt like he had been beaten.
There are many people in the U.S. who don't like it when famous people love Japanese culture, and they may be angry. Where there is controversy, there are interests.
One thing I have wondered about.
What would have happened if she was not white?
I believe Ghost of Tsushima is not made by Japanese but American developer. Many said if you play Ghost of Tsushima it is better played in English voiced (which is considered the original voice) over Japanese one. Japan has a stereotype culture. Those who does not know much about japan, usually when they think about Japan usually are the anime and cute stuff. As far as I know. I am often mistaken as Japanese as well in foreign countries despite I am not Japanese .
Just like when movie Mulan released, which is made by the American. Many Chinese people don’t like it and the actress who played Mulan. Many says the main actress cannot act and have stoic face.
That game was produced by Sucker Punch Productions in the US. I have it and I just played it with English voice. I felt nothing but discomfort. Their recreation of Japan is so high that it confused my brain in a good way. Why is it in English when it's about the Mongols invading Tsushima?
I was mistaken for a Chinese once, I think.
And many people in America seemed to think I looked like a high school or college student, and I was curious if I was being flattered or just looking childish.
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hmm i think the western people cannot differentiate between chinese, japanese, and korean . And many people also think "Asia" means the 3 countries I mentioned. When there is more Asian such as Hongkong, taiwan, india, indonesia, malaysia, phillipines, singapore, vietnam, brunei, thailand, and many more.. Japanese is Chinese decent so is no wonder people mistaken you as Chinese. While Korean from what I heard from my grandma is JP + CH . I think!
I met a Japanese woman that lives in Canada once. She told me she hates sushi in North America!! She said sushi in North America has too much sauce not like in Japan where it is complete raw no extra sauce or mayo hahahah!!