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Off to the bank, but first...

I haven't checked Steven Den Beste's anime site in a while (partially because I'm still in the middle of watching the Ai Yori Aoshi boxset and don't need any more shojo anime to lust after) but he got a link from Ed Driscoll for this piece, which is actually more of an extended comment on another post elsewhere which explains why you and I and several thousand other anime fans will never fit in in Japan. Very much worth reading.

For that matter, the rest of Driscoll's post, which features an extended quote from a Mark Steyn essay for The New Criterion about Allan Bloom's The Closing of the American Mind and why the death of any but popular culture in America is serious business (RTWT!), is worth reading as well.

On a related topic, Orrin Judd notes how not all rockers were into filling the world with silly love songs, and provides the lyrics to "Fourth of July" (which I didn't realize was not original to X) as well as "Train In Vain", to mention but two of the depressing playlist.

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materia_indigo
Nov. 6th, 2007 02:25 pm (UTC)
It's part of my culture to be fascinated with somebody else's culture. (This has been true since Russian aristocrats indulged in speaking French with one another.) So, when I'm out there buying Japanese stuff and absorbing their media, I am, in a deep way, practicing my own culture.
wombat_socho
Nov. 6th, 2007 04:56 pm (UTC)
Agreed. You don't suffer under any delusions that you'll ever be anything but gaijin amongst the Master Race, though, and I suspect a lot of otaku believe otherwise - if they just get good enough at the language, somehow they can overcome the cultural barriers and become assimilated. Rotsa ruck there, Anglos.
materia_indigo
Nov. 6th, 2007 08:54 pm (UTC)
No, I've had far too much experience with Scandinavian Lutheran churches to suffer that delusion.

Besides, when you're in Japan it's best to just relax and let yourself be an idiot gaijin. Gape at the architecture. Poke at your food uncertainly with the tip of your chopsticks. Give everyone big, toothy smiles. People will be nicer to you.
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