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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Yeah, that's about right



Always a pleasure to see Japan hasn't gotten any more sane since I last visited. Clearly K-Pop is history and Kawaiicore now represents the high point in pop music evolution. I love the morning calisthenic lyrics.

While doing our best
We will surpass our seniors, elders, and everyone else.

It's genuinely hard to look away. And just in case you thought it was a one-off, well, not so much. It's practically nuclear fusion. I'll admit it, I would absolutely go and see Babymetal in concert. The Kami band is epic and the musical genius of the superficially ridiculous concept is that the high-pitched voices cut right through the heavy guitars.

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Anonymous Sparx401 July 15, 2015 8:21 PM  

Reaction. That is all.

Anonymous REG July 15, 2015 8:22 PM  

So, the Millennials have arrived. So Sorry, the Japanese have so much trouble already.

Blogger Cataline Sergius July 15, 2015 8:22 PM  

I'm suddenly in the mood for a sea urchin roe and wasabi Kit Kat.

Blogger The Original Hermit July 15, 2015 8:32 PM  

I can't even properly describe my reaction to this. It has the potential to pass up Gay Bar by Electric 6 as my all time favorite music video.

Anonymous Alexander July 15, 2015 8:35 PM  

You know, it doesn't really take that much to take "While doing out best, we will surpass our seniors, elders, and everyone else. From ridiculous asian-pop trend to eastasian co-prosperity sphere Mk. II.

And yes, I'm well aware of the demographic trends aside, but there's still twice as many Japanese now as there were last time the left the home waters. And trends can change.

Blogger Cail Corishev July 15, 2015 8:50 PM  

Somehow, when the Japanese do this stuff, it seems almost normal. "Love me from top to bottom"? Why thank you, don't mind if I do.

Not sure it tops "Safety Dance" for sheer exuberant weirdness, though. I didn't see anyone spanking a midget in this one.

Anonymous Viidad July 15, 2015 8:58 PM  

One of my best friends expatriated to Japan and loves it... married a J-girl, has adorable mixed children and manages to model clothing for subway posters...

...but the stories he's posted online. Man, weird place. Probably still one of the best places to live in the world.

Blogger Salt July 15, 2015 8:59 PM  

"Love me from top to bottom"?

If it comes with fried rice, I'm in.

Anonymous WillBest July 15, 2015 9:04 PM  

Wow. Just. Wow. I can't even begin to unpack all the cultural appropriation going on in that video. It probably needs its own college seminar.

Anonymous VFM 293 July 15, 2015 9:11 PM  

hahaha.... damn. Dude doesn't skip leg day haha. Well, maybe he's getting some, or both.

Anonymous Starets July 15, 2015 9:22 PM  

'You know, it doesn't really take that much to take "While doing out best, we will surpass our seniors, elders, and everyone else. From ridiculous asian-pop trend to eastasian co-prosperity sphere Mk. II.'

Hello Kitty Kamikaze Kommandos?!?

Blogger Robert What? July 15, 2015 9:25 PM  

The tall girl in the middle is cute. Could probably use some facial hair removal treatments tho.

Blogger Joshua Dyal July 15, 2015 9:25 PM  

Ain't got nothing on Chick Chick by Wang Rang Rollin. The Chinese put on a good challenge to Japanese weirdness in their pop music videos.

Blogger JCclimber July 15, 2015 9:26 PM  

pulling that one out the next time one of my Japanese friends comments on some weird thing in America.....

Which happens about once or twice a month

OpenID crazdmadman July 15, 2015 9:28 PM  

The Babymetal is better...Should look up some of their live shows.

Plus you wont get put on any watch lists for looking up Babymetal,

Ladybaby on the other hand...well the black haired one is a 14 yr old who has been doing "modeling" for a couple of years...

Anonymous zen0 July 15, 2015 9:28 PM  

Lady Baby = Twisted Sister + Jap school girls

Baby Metal = bubble gum metal.

In Chinese music there is a concept of the Phoenix in notation, where things are cyclical, but in a rising circle, like a tornado, or double helix of DNA.

I see this in historical cycles, which is why progressives think there is progression, and conservatives think there are cycles.

Instead, there is the Phoenix.

That is why there is nothing new under the sun.

Blogger DaveofSpades July 15, 2015 9:35 PM  

I saw Baby a Metal at Rock on the Range. The band behind the chicks is amazing. The bassist plays a six string. The girls are spoiled little brats who wouldn't come out on the *covered* stage while we all stood out in the rain.

Blogger bearspaw July 15, 2015 9:35 PM  

So that's where that Austrian Eurosong winner landed...

Anonymous zen0 sobchak July 15, 2015 9:40 PM  

13. Joshua Dyal July 15, 2015 9:25 PM

Ain't got nothing on Chick Chick by Wang Rang Rollin. The Chinese put on a good challenge to Japanese weirdness in their pop music videos.


Ok dude. That $%#%ed me up pretty good. Your on the list, buddy.

Blogger Joshua Sinistar July 15, 2015 9:42 PM  

Japan is not comprehensible to Gai-Jin such as yourself. The far East is not inscrutable, it is merely too different for you to understand. Their culture is ancient but they revel in adopting new foreign fads. It seems contradictory to you, but its not. I grew up in South Korea, and the Far East is a far different place from European Lands like Europe proper America and Australia. They have a fatalistic view of life where suffering is not a tragedy to overcome, but merely a daily facet of life. Pain is not something that one avoids but endures. There is no escaping the deadly seriousness that the Orient places on everything, but when they party they party like no tomorrow. In the West these fads are a sign of decadence and a failure to face life's responsibilities. However, to people like the Japanese of the Ancient Lands of Nippon, it is merely an amusement to soothe the harsh world of hard work and ancestral responsibility that everyone has to absorb and acknowledge from birth. Their low birth rates show they are not immune to poisons injected from the outside like Feminism and womens' rights, but the sheer insanity by which they alleviate the drudgery and boredom of the World shows that their spirit has hardly been crushed.

Blogger Matt July 15, 2015 9:46 PM  

The guy looks likw aphex twin

Anonymous Viidad July 15, 2015 9:49 PM  

@Matt

YES

Think he's moonlighting?

Anonymous zen0 July 15, 2015 9:55 PM  

20. Joshua Sinistar July 15, 2015 9:42 PM

Japan is not comprehensible to Gai-Jin such as yourself.


Oh, please. Their culture is an obvious construct that involves no room for pioneering.
I will repeat that. No ROOM for pioneering. Reducing, adapting, synthesizing, conforming, yes.

The Chinese think the japs are nuts, and may be on to something.

Anonymous Blume July 15, 2015 10:12 PM  

Kamen Maid was all I could think of when I saw this.

Blogger maniacprovost July 15, 2015 10:14 PM  

Finally, Vox's inexplicable musical tastes begin to make sense.

Anonymous BGS July 15, 2015 10:23 PM  

Bruce Jenner wishes he could pull off a dress as well as that guy.

Anonymous Pinzon July 15, 2015 10:25 PM  

Meet Ladybeard, a cross-dressing singer and professional wrestler from Australia who has been performing in Japan since 2013. In an interview last year, Ladybeard told Tokyo Desu that he calls his style of music "kawaiicore."

"I sing heavy metal covers of J-pop songs, combining my love for kawaii pop with my love of heavy metal. And I try to look as pretty as possible whilst doing so," Ladybeard said.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/07/06/ladybaby-nippon-manju_n_7740572.html

Anonymous Heaviside July 15, 2015 10:37 PM  

>You know, it doesn't really take that much to take "While doing out best, we will surpass our seniors, elders, and everyone else. From ridiculous asian-pop trend to eastasian co-prosperity sphere Mk. II.

The Co-Prosperity Sphere never stopped existing.

Blogger Cecil Henry July 15, 2015 10:38 PM  

ITs healthier than Madonna and Miley Cyrus.

For what it worth. But this leaves me nonplussed like nothing else.

Anonymous The other robot July 15, 2015 10:41 PM  

Great Moments in Greek Professionalism

Blogger GK Chesterton July 15, 2015 10:54 PM  

What's fascinating with Japanese culture is the little bits of American culture reflected back in such weird ways.

Blogger Sad Puppy July 15, 2015 11:26 PM  

This was fun. The guy is reminding me of the love child of Caitlyn Jenner and whoever that voice guy was from those 90's thrash metal bands.

Anonymous Donn #0114 July 15, 2015 11:30 PM  

Who was it who said 'we either nuked them too much or not enough?' I used too think 'too much' now I'm kind of leaning towards 'we should have never forced them to open their ports in the first place'.

I've seen the Kurisawa movies and 'Shogun', those japanese had dignity at least. And ninjas. Now they have this and used panty vending machines. Another thing how do you know the panties are really used?

I need something to do because I just finished Somewhither.

Anonymous Alexander July 15, 2015 11:30 PM  

The thing about the Japanese that I find amusing is how for all the alien weirdness of Japan, I see lots of base-similarities to Brits. If we one day discover that there was some proto-Englenese tribe and God thought 'hey, let's split them up and put them on the periphery of two different cultural groups and see what happens', I wouldn't be the least surprised.

Anonymous Donn #0114 July 15, 2015 11:33 PM  

Cecil, do you mean healthier in the 'fewer VDs and less random granny nudity' or 'mental health' sense. I have to agree either way.

Anonymous Donn #0114 July 15, 2015 11:35 PM  

Alexander - that would be a kick ass alternate history novel if you can pull it off.

Blogger Jack Ward July 15, 2015 11:49 PM  

Donn 33:
What ever you think of Tom Cruise, and I try not to most of the time, his movie The Last Samurai was pretty darn good and at least, seemed, to embody the essences of Bushido. And, it was quite entertaining. Did it explain the Japanese; not completely.

Anonymous Donn #0114 July 16, 2015 12:05 AM  

The last samurai was a fun movie. beautifully shot in New Zealand if I remember correctly. Fantasy japan is way better than modern japan.

Anonymous praetorian July 16, 2015 12:22 AM  

WAT?

Chick Chick by Wang Rang Rollin

¿⊥∀∀∀∀∀∀∀∀M

Anonymous Susan July 16, 2015 12:32 AM  

Regarding Japanese quirkiness, it is now trendy for couples getting married to have an alpaca or two at their wedding. I guess they think that the spitting is cute or lucky or something. The earlier comment about some pseudo British elements in their society actually explains a lot.

Anonymous Pax Romana July 16, 2015 12:41 AM  

Jack Ward,
I loved that movie. However, every time I see it, I think, "Wait, why couldn't they just use guerrilla tactics to win the war?!?" But...I suppose that would not be Bushido. One of my favorite Cruise flicks.

Also, I burned about 5000 calories watching this video and still have no idea what Vox has done to me.

OpenID johnthefaster July 16, 2015 12:41 AM  

@Susan

What's shocking is that there are still weddings taking place in Japan.

It seems as society declines for marriage and family to matter less and less, the weddings get more and more extravagant.

Blogger Pseudotsuga July 16, 2015 12:47 AM  

I wonder what the attraction is?
Are there nuances in the music, the lyrics, or the performance that I'm just not picking up on?
Or is it (as I suspect) just the shock of the new, the ever-perpetual fountainhead of Pop music?
The Japanese are truly an astounding mix of East with a Western sugar coating.

Blogger HickoryHammer #0211 July 16, 2015 12:47 AM  

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Blogger Mindstorm July 16, 2015 12:48 AM  

To purge Ladybaby from my head, I'm going to play Katamari Damacy with some Nintendocore as the accompaniment.

Blogger Pseudotsuga July 16, 2015 12:56 AM  

#41: "However, every time I see [Cruise's The Last Samurai], I think, "Wait, why couldn't they just use guerrilla tactics to win the war?!?" But...I suppose that would not be Bushido. One of my favorite Cruise flicks."
That last battle makes me glad they all die, because they are clearly idiots with death wishes.
Charge the guns? No, baka...how did you ever live long enough to be samurai if you do stupid stuff like that? You use a distracting advance in the center to draw fire, then charge the guns from the flanks with your cavalry and cut down the gunners and their infantry support.
There's Bushido, and then there's mass stupidity.

Anonymous kfg July 16, 2015 1:49 AM  

Alexander: The similarities between the British and the Japanese have been noted for long enough that there is a branch of ethnology which attempts to explain it by their geographical similarities.

Both small island nations, somewhat, but not entirely, isolated off the coast of a great continental culture. Hence a parallel cultural evolution.

Blogger Mike Farnsworth July 16, 2015 1:51 AM  

I lived in Japan for a year when I was younger (near Nagoya), and I tried to soak in as much of the culture as I could. But...

What the heck is this? :)

Anonymous Dream Weaver July 16, 2015 2:01 AM  

I dig the Japanese. They persevere no matter what, wars, recessions, tsunamis. They protect their culture and their borders. Plus it's refreshing to see an intelligent group of highly innovative people smart enough to be secular and not to believe in the bollocks that is organized religion, be it Christianity, Islam or anything else.

Blogger ScuzzaMan July 16, 2015 2:34 AM  

Kfg:

I once wrote a short story along similar lines, basically comparing Britain and New Zealand. It was my entry in a local short story coompetition so the only point of it was to lampoon the local political correctness shibboleths. But it fun to write, even tho I was shocked not to win ...

Blogger SirThermite (VFM #0025) July 16, 2015 2:39 AM  

@Dream Weaver

"I dig the Japanese. They persevere no matter what"

For a moment I read that as "they perverse." But that would be unfair, Despite the stereotypical fascination with schoolgirls and sexy comic books, at least they still have the sense not to commit social seppuka by recognizing so-called "gay marriage," despite how (as you claim) they do not "believe in the bollocks that is organized religion, be it Christianity, Islam or anything else." Evidently their cultural history of Shintoism and ancestor-worship gives them clear enough eyesight to understand Natural Law and the legitimacy of relationships that have more than a 0% chance of procreating....imagine that.

Anonymous Boogeyman (VFM #240) July 16, 2015 2:56 AM  

When did Scalzi get into metal ... and get so manly?

Blogger bob k. mando July 16, 2015 2:56 AM  

8. Salt July 15, 2015 8:59 PM
If it comes with fried rice, I'm in.



i think you mean, "flied lice."



19. zen0 sobchak July 15, 2015 9:40 PM
Ok dude. That $%#%ed me up pretty good. Your on the list, buddy.


c'mon dude. at least that was fairly cis-normative hetero friendly.

what you DON'T want to look up is Muscle Roller Special.

no sir, you certainly do not.

Blogger rho July 16, 2015 3:00 AM  

Plus it's refreshing to see an intelligent group of highly innovative people smart enough to be secular and not to believe in the bollocks that is organized religion, be it Christianity, Islam or anything else.

They believe in witchcraft, if the rhino horn powder stereotype is true.

Re: the original video, the music is interesting but not good. I'm also not enthused by a Slayer/Petula Clark collaboration. Though, to be honest, at least Petula can sing.

Blogger bob k. mando July 16, 2015 3:37 AM  

not that Muscle Roller Special should be confused with Rolling Bomber Special:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vD6gTrvuG0M

Blogger Shimshon July 16, 2015 3:54 AM  

When I was in college, back in the 1980s, waaaay before Japanese anime became mainstream, I had a friend who was a huge fan of it (he even had a dual-mode VHS/Beta VCR to trade tapes with friends) and all things Japanese. He loved explaining all the sexual references and innuendo in what looked like simple children's shows. The shows were thick with them. It was funny, but in a sick sort of way. He later spent a year abroad there as a student and came back less of a fan of the culture. It is a really strange culture with a lot of perversion, but in some ways I can see the attraction.

Blogger VFM bot #188 July 16, 2015 4:07 AM  

I like the part where it advises how to gain "money, popularity, and power." What else could one want?

Blogger VFM bot #188 July 16, 2015 4:15 AM  

I like the part where it advises how to gain "money, popularity, and power." What else could one want?

Blogger JCclimber July 16, 2015 4:17 AM  

my wife keeps asking what she should bring back from japan next week.
I'm thinking manju now.....

And Wasabi Kit Kats, of course. Nothing beats Wasabi Kit Kats.

Blogger D. Lane (#0067) July 16, 2015 4:18 AM  

Well, that's one way to start the morning. Gonna have to go and ponder this.

Anonymous Phil - Chicago July 16, 2015 4:58 AM  

Damn you Vox - I cannot look away. These videos are rockin.... I think. lol

Blogger pdwalker July 16, 2015 5:18 AM  

No matter how weird you think the Japanese are, they go right on ahead and surprise you yet again.

One of the interesting things is, you can do the strangest of things in that country and people take it in stride.

(One of my Japanese friends is a senior bank manager at a large Japanese bank in Tokyo. We plan to dress up in our judo gi's, stride casually into his office and "attack" him during a business meeting - I think we'll get away with it)

Blogger YIH July 16, 2015 6:37 AM  

Always a pleasure to see Japan hasn't gotten any more sane since I last visited.
Clearly K-Pop is history.
One can only hope. K (and J)-Pop music literally makes my skin crawl. American pop simply makes me roll my eyes.

Blogger Cataline Sergius July 16, 2015 7:04 AM  

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Blogger Cataline Sergius July 16, 2015 7:05 AM  

Japan's culture is easier to understand if you remember that there was a strong selective pressure that was in place during Tokugawa Shogunate towards OCD as a genetic trait.

Anonymous Aeoli Pera July 16, 2015 7:16 AM  

"Finally," he said, "a chance to use my music production degree and maid outfit to make something truly sublime."

Blogger Joshua Dyal July 16, 2015 7:42 AM  

WAT?

Chick Chick by Wang Rang Rollin

¿⊥∀∀∀∀∀∀∀∀M


At least I'll give the Chinese this: they seem to have had the zeitgeist sense to have been embarrassed by Chick Chick.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza July 16, 2015 8:05 AM  

I still miss Satora.

Ohlala, fashionthinspired today seeing more men screaming with a genuine protest to mount (doesn't matter what they wear) I'm interested.

This might rival High and Mighty Color, Avril Lavinge's 'hello kitty' video complete with cupcake outfits smashed with 織部里沙(LiSA) 渡邊翔 (渡辺 翔) or Crossing Fields.

Blogger JP July 16, 2015 8:07 AM  

I enjoyed that video way more than I care to admit.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza July 16, 2015 8:20 AM  

J-pop and K-pop has beauty, heart and more stregnth than given credit for.

Blogger Nate July 16, 2015 8:21 AM  

We either nuked Japan to much... or not enough.

Blogger njartist July 16, 2015 8:42 AM  

Of all things written and shown in this blog, this was truly evil; for it lead me to watch this stuff.

Evil, truly evil.

Blogger James Higham July 16, 2015 9:43 AM  

One place I have no desire to visit.

Blogger Gunnar von Cowtown July 16, 2015 9:49 AM  

@ Cail Corishev
Not sure it tops "Safety Dance" for sheer exuberant weirdness, though. I didn't see anyone spanking a midget in this one.

Thanks for triggering my selective compulsive disorder, brah. Having forgotten all about the medieval/ren-faire vibe, I just watched "Safety Dance" a couple of times on YouTube. Now I'm convinced that George "Rape Rape" Martin stole the idea for Game of Thrones from that video. Think about it... Men Without Hats are The Lannisters. Much like Jamie, Cersei and Tyrion they're a tall, fair haired, decent looking couple with an ambiguous relationship ("Are they a couple? Are they siblings? Do they just work together?") ...and a dwarf.

Blogger hank.jim July 16, 2015 10:17 AM  

Japan is reacting to their own repressive school system, work environment, and family structure. It seems like going cute is safer and more accepting than going rebellious like in the USA. Rebellion is harmful, but cute is harmless. Falls in line with making all violent imagery more cartoon like with their anime. Maybe harmless up to a point. The school girl characters is slightly crossing a borderline. They do have weird sexual preferences and practices that are devoid of western morality concepts. We are getting there too.

Blogger Sad Puppy July 16, 2015 10:33 AM  

The safety dance mention reminded me of the hilarious Burger King Safety Dance mashup
https://youtu.be/MKT3dXaijXg
Much like the Confederate flag, I haven't seen the king around lately. What happened to this guy? I remember him taking mortars from Ronald McDonald and Wendy's Grannies a long time back :)

Back on topic, the video is entertaining. That's really the main thing.

Anonymous Geoff July 16, 2015 11:31 AM  

Jack Ward, agreed on The Last Samurai. I never understood why that movie didn't receive more recognition. It was fantastic. And probably Tom Cruise's best work.

Anonymous Alexander, #10 July 16, 2015 11:32 AM  

K-Pop is glorious. It is unashamedly nationalistic and enthusiastically and deliberately pushes all the buttons that if hit by an Anglo-Saxon would have every feminist in the western hemisphere waddling for the fainting couches.

All wrapped up in a candy shell of the most absurd eastern interpretation of western pop.

Anonymous Porky July 16, 2015 11:57 AM  

Now you know why Einstein invented that bomb.

Blogger Joshua Dyal July 16, 2015 12:24 PM  

Thanks for triggering my selective compulsive disorder, brah. Having forgotten all about the medieval/ren-faire vibe, I just watched "Safety Dance" a couple of times on YouTube. Now I'm convinced that George "Rape Rape" Martin stole the idea for Game of Thrones from that video. Think about it... Men Without Hats are The Lannisters. Much like Jamie, Cersei and Tyrion they're a tall, fair haired, decent looking couple with an ambiguous relationship ("Are they a couple? Are they siblings? Do they just work together?") ...and a dwarf.

Maybe this will ease the craziness a bit.

Blogger Gunnar von Cowtown July 16, 2015 12:33 PM  

@Joshua Dyal

Thanks. Much better.

Blogger JCclimber July 16, 2015 12:39 PM  

I go back and forth on the famed Japanese passivity.
It has been pounded into their heads since WW2 to be peaceniks. Culturally they have the herbivores, their boys are not that manly, Kpop and Jpop are certainly and anime are certainly an outgrowth of something wrong in their society.

On the other hand, their nationalist sentiment is still strong, they still hold considerable power financially and politically. Their armed forces are no joke, as evidenced by how our US troops evaluated those 500 or so soldiers that were stationed in Iraq for a time. In fact, their Self Defense Forces take the usual Japanese seriousness to an amount that would be familiar to a 1930s observer.

But my inlaws have made it clear that a career in the SDF is not considered an honorable profession or high status. They certainly are not modern day Samurai in reputation in their own society.

But.....that core is still there. They may not have the fanatical devotion anymore to a God-emperor. But they are still nationalist. Just observe their "diversity" and immigration policies. I would be considered a highly desirable immigrant there, but even I would have difficulty getting citizenship.

All it takes would be a series of sharp economic jolts. Strip away the luxuries. Put those islands into genuine crisis, and watch that Kawaii culture head into the trash heap of history, and China, Korea, Japan, the Phillipines, Vietnam, and Taiwan start getting down to business about oil and natural gas.

Blogger Dan in Tx July 16, 2015 12:57 PM  

I don't care what anybody says, Japanese girls are some of the cutest on the planet.

Period.

Anonymous Sam the Man July 16, 2015 1:55 PM  

You actually saw some of the Jap character come out during the Fukigima (SP?) crisis.

first the emperor spoke to the people by radio. When is the last time he did that, August 1945?

The Saki ceremony a lot of the firefighters engaged in prior to going up to fight the fire was not that different from the ones the kamikaze engaged in prior to heading out to stop the Americans in 1945.

I recall one of fire chiefs relating afterwards his discussion with his wife his units heading up to fight the fire with the understated method of the Japs.

he said to his wife " We have been ordered to fight the fire at Fukijima, we will do our duty but the outcome may not be advantageous".

In essence he was saying that he might well be going to his death.

her response: "Go and be a savior of Japan"

Straight out of the old pre 1945 culture. Like it or not they have a spirit of self sacrifice that it is hard not to admire. Wish them the best.

I hear the Germans also are kind of perverse, though with either culture I have never heard exactly what the perversity is (sexually). Given the US now had gay boy-scouts, transvestite soldiers, gay marriage and you must publicly affirm this stuff is legit (i.e. bake cakes on demand), I find it hard to believe they are all that much worse.

Blogger Alexander July 16, 2015 2:29 PM  

@47 I get that. And that sense of 'crowded on our island' certainly makes sense regarding similar ideas of personal space and maintaining the polite peace, or loving one's gardening space, and a general distrust of foreigners.

But it does not require the British to fall in love with tea. Or this:

Sam the Man wrote:
he said to his wife " We have been ordered to fight the fire at Fukijima, we will do our duty but the outcome may not be advantageous".

Compare it with this:

His men were outnumbered eight to one, stranded on every side by human waves of Chinese Communist infantry attackers at the height of the Korean war. But when the British brigadier reported the position to his American superior in the United Nations joint command, he did so with classic and -as it turned out - lethal British understatement.

"Things are a bit sticky, sir," Brig Tom Brodie of the Gloucestershire Regiment told General Robert H Soule, intending to convey that they were in extreme difficulty.

Furthermore, compare the historical values of Japan and England, and compare them to pretty much every other 'island culture' on the planet... Geography plays a role, but I don't think it covers enough.

Anonymous Geoff July 16, 2015 2:31 PM  

Sam,

It might have something to do with the German fetish for feces:

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2011/09/europe-201109

Blogger LP 999/Eliza July 16, 2015 3:31 PM  

Sorry for going OT but high and mighty color did a song built upon revolt, rebel and stop the BS; 'here I am' or I am here. fantastic synergistic and harmonic vibes with a call to stand up and be counted, fight, etc., how many times have common bands enjoyed here mentioned the very same sentiment? Many, its generational!

Anyways the group featured here in the video is very in keeping with their cultural inclination, I love the vocals.

Anonymous Donn #0114 July 16, 2015 4:25 PM  

You know what's really creepy? Hello Kitty isn't a cat. She's a person wearing a cat mask. How much weirder can they get?

Anonymous Heaviside July 16, 2015 11:30 PM  

>I hear the Germans also are kind of perverse, though with either culture I have never heard exactly what the perversity is (sexually). Given the US now had gay boy-scouts, transvestite soldiers, gay marriage and you must publicly affirm this stuff is legit (i.e. bake cakes on demand),

Deviant forms of sexuality in the Anglosphere are basically antisocial acts carried out as political statements meant to undermine and subvert traditional morality, but in some cultures the traditional attitudes towards sexuality are less morally polarized and paradoxically less prone to subversion. For instance, Homosexuality is America a very visible and overtly political act, whereas in Korea two men could kiss each other in public and people would just think that they were very good (heterosexual) friends, since like many former Eastern Bloc countries people aren't even aware of the concept of homosexuality. Japan has a reputation for "perversion" because the possession of child pornography wasn't criminalized until last year, and it is still the world's largest producer of child pornography. Traditionally there has never been as much stigma about children being exposed to sex, and it is only due to international pressure that laws against child pornography have been passed.

OpenID ymarsakar July 18, 2015 5:21 PM  

Traditionally there has never been as much stigma about children being exposed to sex, and it is only due to international pressure that laws against child pornography have been passed.

To clarify, what they are talking about are adult actors posing as children, where the bodies are constructed using cgi or art.

It's similar to HBO's Martin Rape a thons, being outlawed as being against the law, in a hypothetical situation. The foreign pressure came about due to leaks of Japanese hentai software. The foreign pressure came from American Leftists, same alliance that used American power to get Ukraine to crush some software servers. American power is fearsome, to the point where Japanese web sites reject foreign IPs.

Japan is very hard for Leftists to infiltrate. They tried it before, after WWII, using brainwashed prisoners. The Left needed two secure foundations to convert Japanese society, in the same fashion that Western society was converted to evil.

1. They needed a common language, in order to use NLP or various other forms of mind control.
2. They needed a victim class or some oppressed class of people in order to build an insurgency out of, while hiding out.

Japan denies them 1 and 2. The otaku community is extremely hostile to authority and hierarchy. Patriotism and love of Japanese culture, would be about the only common bind between the otaku sub culture. Of course their "culture" isn't necessarily the main culture, which makes it even harder to infiltrate and subvert without 1 or 2.

The Soviets were more focused on subverting America, the English speaking world, since that's where a lot of the wealth, power, and influence was at. So Leftist control mechanisms are primarily in the English language.

The resistance to the Leftist alliance in America, began using new terms and capitalizing normal words to distinguish them. SJW is one example. That's a new language, because the one they were using had been corrupted. Learning a separate language is a very good thing to think in, since the Renaissance and before. Two languages allows you to check concrete and theoretical concepts against each other, which makes it much more difficult to mind control people using Authority. A virus may be able to gain root access to a computer's OS, but not if the OS the virus in is a dummy OS that runs inside another OS that specifically creates a virtual box to fool the virus. That's how two languages which people use to think, can be used to check their own mental independence.

OpenID ymarsakar July 18, 2015 5:28 PM  

I hear the Germans also are kind of perverse, though with either culture I have never heard exactly what the perversity is (sexually)

The Germans have forced prostitution, participate somewhat in the sexual slave trade, and use porn to sell off unemployed girls, via sado masochism methods. I could go into more detail, but that's probably unnecessary. Anyone that has the sources, can find this out for themselves. Besides, it might be illegal to link on blogger.

The Germans are also split between the West and the East (Stasi). The Stasi methods of mind control and psychological Zersetzung https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zersetzung may still be in play in that region or Russia. The Stasi weren't ever wiped out, they took their cash and organization and ran for it. Superficially, the Germans are united now. Superficially. But that's like saying the US is still the United States, we are not united.

As for Japanese related stuff, look up the Ministry of Defense. They resurrected it. Why? Cause of Americans being retarded weaklings. The Japanese picked it up pretty early, that America was going to betray all of our allies and stab them in the back. Maybe some Americans told them, or maybe they were smart enough to predict it. My sources come from the Japanese cultural byproducts, translated. Other sources may be difficult to reach, since they would normally translate it through the American Leftist media. The Japanese websites, though, have English versions, probably.

From the floor to the sky, Japanese propaganda from the government and from the sub culture authorities, have been conditioning Japanese youth to face the harshness of war and to strip them of their tendency to rely on American "power" for peace. It has been ongoing for some years by now. It's difficult to see if you don't track what the Japanese are running on their tv s.

A lot of things are "translated" for foreign perception, and ambiguity leaves out a lot of things.

Blogger Chris Ritchie July 23, 2015 5:36 PM  

Japan's culture is easier to understand if you remember that there was a strong selective pressure that was in place during Tokugawa Shogunate towards OCD as a genetic trait.

Is this what was referenced in the Ender's Game series? In the last couple of books, one of the planets was populated with genetically modified humans to be OCD. It was an oriental culture. Interesting.

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