public service announcement from someone who lives in Japan:
the Avril Lavigne video is stupid and weaboo but it isn’t really racist
it was on the news here today and people just laughed, Japan isn’t over here pissed off
this has been a service announcement, you can stop speaking for the whole country now thanks
I honestly wondered when someone from Japan was gonna talk about this.
Is this The Avril video in question?
As a Japanese who was born and raised in Japan, I can’t found any racism on it, and I’m glad to see 白岳しろ in this video. The Sake from Kumamoto Pref, the city I live.
However, using the term “weaboo” feels like a kinda racism, I always feel tired that sort of term, like “animu”.
" 2014 Japan"
Cap: Hey, Children! We Avengers are coming to Japan from America!
" In America, Avengers is very popular hero team, but Japanese children barely know it…"
Cap: What the hell don’t they know about us…?
"This Manga is telling an epic story; how do they become popular characters in Japan"
Hunger Game is unpopular in Japan mostly because of Battle Royale.
Q:I'm an English teacher working in Japan and when I asked some of students what they thought about GZ, they said they hated the stuff that happened with Paz. When I asked why they hated it, the response given was something I did not expect. They felt they were victims of "寝取られ" (Kinda means cuckold) and that the "used goods" deserved what she got. I'm still kinda amazed at the dichotomy of reactions between the two cultures. Also your daily Spelunky and BoI streams have been a great joy.
This really doesn’t say anything beyond what it literally states if we take the anonymous poster to be who they claim to be: a handful of random people out in Japan apparently didn’t have a problem with the scenes in question. Considering the state of feminist dialogue in Japan, this doesn’t come to me as a particularly big surprise and that lack of feminism as an ubiquitous topic in mainstream Japanese sociopolitical discussions is probably what the original poster was trying to point out, but to extrapolate that sort of reaction as one belonging to an entire culture is unrealistic and robs this sort of discussion the nuance that it so desperately needs. Based on the reblogs and whatnot I’m seeing here, it saddens me to see people just seemingly throwing their hands up in their air and declaring “WELP, JAPAN! YOU DID IT AGAIN!” as though everyone there is, of course, part of an intellectual hivemind and would inherently agree with those students and that they, implicitly, are inherently more advanced and enlightened thinkers philosophically by virtue of not living there. If that’s not true for any routinely stereotyped Western country where almost certainly those sorts of generalized responses are coming from, you can bet your ass Japan is in that same boat, too.
I don’t have the time or energy to translate the material, but I will say this: there is such a thing as feminist movements in Japan —I’ve written about them myself on here before, in fact!— and there are totally people over there who are not at all comfortable with how Paz is portrayed in the game. Quickly looking up in Japanese on Google terms such as “メタルギア5 パス 強姦" or "メタルギア5 パス レイプ" and restricting search results to be for postings after Ground Zero’s release will give you a variety of blog posts and forum threads debating the merits and overall necessity of those scenes. For quick reference, here and here are two forum threads that recently ran on 2chan about this subject. There’s some healthy debating on the matter, but more importantly, there’s no universal consensus on the matter and the people who are really uncomfortable about it make themselves heard. Furthermore, Kojima even mentions in Japanese in an interview with a Belgian fansite that “everyone” on the development was opposed to the idea of producing those scenes, a sentiment I’ve confirmed with my own interpretation of the source video’s Japanese responses. Obviously he managed to convince people to push through with it eventually, but when I look at all of this, I don’t particularly see “Japan” as a population of people universally agreeing or disagreeing about the justification of those scenes. I see what you see everywhere else: some people horrified, some people nonchalant, and a lot of people somewhere in-between.
Am I particularly surprised to see people jump on that bandwagon and just go “lol japan, you so crazy”? No, definitely not. It profoundly disappoints me that more thought isn’t put into how and why some trends are what they are or why certain line of thoughts can seem to be widely accepted over there, but to say that I’m used to seeing that sort of dismissiveness is perhaps underselling how routinely I see it. I realize that anybody reading this who doesn’t speak Japanese is going to have to take me at my word about there being actual debates on those scenes, but since people are already willing to do that with the original poster, I feel I’m entitled to interject with what I have to say on the matter as well. To be certain, from what I can see overseas, it doesn’t seem like it’s as contentious of a topic inside Japanese discussion circles as it is outside of them, but there’s a huge difference between a topic being more rarely discussed and there being actual widespread consensus on a matter. You have to read between the lines in these matters, especially with Japanese language and culture where so much is left deliberately unexpressed when the assumption is already present that the people talking are all up to speed on the basics of any given topic.
Just my two cents on the matter as a Japanese translator and feminist myself.
As native Japanese, I often tired with westerners “lol Japan, you so crazy” kind of attitude. Well, Westerner and Easterner may be even with each other because we Japanese also have some “lol Gaijin” kind of prejudice in Westerner. Thank you.
Movie ratings in Canada are decided provincially, not nationally, but across the board they are almost always more lenient than the United States, and this is doubly true in (no surprise) Quebec. Here are some data on top-grossing rated R movies:
- Passion of the Christ. US: R. ON: 18A. Quebec: 13+
- The Matrix Reloaded. US: R. ON: 14A. Quebec: 13+
- The Hangover. US: R. ON: 14A. Quebec: 13+
- The Hangover II. US: R. ON: 18A. Quebec: 13+
- Beverly Hills Cop. US: R. ON: 14A. Quebec: 13+
- The Exorcist. US: R. ON: 18A. Quebec: 13+
- Ted. US: R. ON: 14A. Quebec: 13+
- Saving Private Ryan. US: R. ON: 14A. Quebec: 13+
- 300. US: R. ON: 18A. Quebec: 13+
- Wedding Crashers. US: R. ON: 14A. Quebec: 13+
I didn’t know The Matrix Reloaded, Beverly Hills Cop, The Exorcist, Saving Private Ryan are R rated movies so far… afaik these movies are non-rated in Japan.
You looked sad so I-
Ahhhh you didn’t have to… But thanks!
…Now I want to get a cupcake.
Cupcakes are necessary.
I apologize if I hurt your feelings, but…why Western people love vivid coloring treats like cerulean-blue cupcakes and rainbow cookies?! I can’t get it…
emangamer reblogged this from you and added:
Oh, I know :( Tamiyo you have the fashion sense of a dad.
Ah, in defense of her fashion sense, it’s not “awful dad style”.
Her “sandal” is Waraji(草鞋), it’s traditional Japanese sandal made from paddy straw. Samurai also worn it. The “socks” is Tabi(足袋), it’s also traditional Japanese socks.
Tabi and Waraji are also good for traveling clothes, and are outfit suitable for her who travels in Planes :)
Let me just pause ooc for a moment.
I’m sorry but it’s really annoying to see this keep happening on my dash. For those who don’t know, Pixiv is considering shutting down access to western users.
Because of edits and reposts onto social media sights, such as Tumblr, Facebook, even Twitter. The problem has been here for the past months and I really just get sad seeing everyone reblog edits and reposts of art that’s UNSOURCED.
I’m sorry if I seem bitchy, but this is a critical issue, because not only would this cut off fandom posters, it cuts off any person in the US from accessing Pixiv.
Pixiv artists are already deleting their works and accounts, more and more artists are deleting everything because of this. I have already made a post about this on my main, and so have two of my friends. You may say we’re throwing a big deal about this, but the thing is- we’re just trying to make sure that us fans and future fans have the art resources.
Things to know:
- ZEROCHAN AND WEHEARTIT ARE NOT SOURCES.
- I REPEAT. ZEROCHAN AND WEHEARTIT ARE NOT SOURCES.
- If you really absolutely don’t know, try the Google Images source thing.
- Or better yet- Saucenao is a better one, as if it’s a Pixiv work, it shows you the original pixiv link, if it’s deleted or not, and the artist.
- If you don’t know the source, DO THOSE STEPS ABOVE, and if they don’t work, state you don’t know it and ask around.
Oh, and biggest thing for the Vocaloid fandom mainly, along with other fandoms:
If you ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO REPOST THEIR WORK, ASK THEM FIRST!It won’t hurt you to be polite, and even if they don’t understand english they probably will understand what you’re saying.
I’m reblogging this because I see this as a huge problem in the kawaii blog areas. Everyone is always changing sources, editing works, ect ect and it REALLLYYYYY pisses me off. If you want to edit artwork, learn to draw and edit your own. You need to source things because, bitch, that’s not yours. Someone put time and effort into that art and you have no right to post it without at least saying who it was done by. I’d seriously punch someone if they did this with my art.
At first, sry for my poor English. It’s not my mother language.
I hate to tell you Western people this, but that is one of the reasons why almost Japanese fanartists hate oversea’s fandom, especially Tumblr.
Frankly, the term “Source your posts” is sounds…hypocritical. Source is just source, not permission. Plus, about list, it seems that you consider that you can edit or repost art which is drawn by not-listed artist. You guys are still considered art thieves regardless source-your-posts or not, listed artist or not.
There is no intention that I blame Westerner by that. Personally, I don’t give a shit about it unless someone doesn’t pretend arts as works of his/her own or making money off of stolen arts.
Well, I admit being tired with Western people repeating such kind of fuss on Tumblr many times. By the way, I heard just now the rumor that Pixiv will shutting down access to Western users…AFAIK I have not heard such a story even in Japanese.