Tuesday, December 30


The Empire's New Groove

Via Slashdot, an interesting Washington Post article: Japan's Empire of Cool. It's not very deep, admittedly; instead it skims the surface of the growing popularity of many aspects of Japanese culture in the U.S. and elsewhere. Worth a read.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 06:38 AM | Comments (4) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (Suck)
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1 Pfft. Japanese pop culture isn't hot because of any "cool" factor. As far as I can tell, the Japanese are the biggest, wackiest, densest agglomeration of dorks on the face of this or any other planet. That's why we love 'em. Cool is for mayflies; the dork is forever.

Posted by: Mitch H. at Tuesday, December 30 2003 05:42 PM (tVSJJ)

2 The people who produce anime (for example) may very well be dorks. But the anime itself - now that is cool.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, December 30 2003 07:23 PM (jtW2s)

3 The end of that piece had me itching for the day Den Beste gets around to watching Evangelion beginning to end. Critics say that Japan is merely a cultural prism, absorbing influences from abroad and reflecting them back, albeit altered to Japanese taste. But many say that it is precisely the attraction. "Japanese culture absorbs things, but then puts a different interpretation to it," said Naoki Takizawa, a top designer for the fashion house of Issey Miyake. "Some people may say that we don't correctly understand the history of what has come from overseas. But we attach a different creativeness to things . . . our own sense of beauty." If there's any one prime case of the Japanese absorbing outside influences (Judeo-Christian mythology) and mixing them with their own quirks (giant freaking robots), that is it.

Posted by: Luke Spamwalker at Tuesday, December 30 2003 09:50 PM (MdGaG)

4 Wow, deep thoughts from the movie "Mr. Baseball". Japan takes from all cultures, embraces them and makes them her own. I had to google "Superflat" + art. Got some interesting links to exhibits and what the movement is about.

Posted by: Ted at Wednesday, December 31 2003 10:27 AM (blNMI)

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