Tuesday, April 12, 2011

J is for Japan

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For as long as I can remember, I have had a deep fascination with Japan.  When I go over a list of the best things ever, a surprising number of answers come from that one beautiful, fucked-up island nation.  In no particular order:

Tentacle Porn
Giant robots that are also cities, that are also spaceships
Pantie Vending Machines
This Girl

It's no surprise to me that when it came time to learn a language, I picked theirs. It's not just because of their bad-ass history, or their super entertaining media, it's their people.  Every Japanese person I've ever taken the time to get to know has been crazy friendly and polite.  I'm talking Canadian friendly.  So why didn't I just learn Canadian?  Because I already speak English, and the Canadians who speak French are complete assholes.  That's why they're stuck in Quebec, true Canadians are the only ones that won't slaughter them.  Anyone else on Earth would have killed them out of a sense of social responsibility.  Anyway, this isn't about them, this is about the beautiful Japanese.

They had their earthquake, and I couldn't bring myself to blog for a week.  I was lucky that my loyal New Zealand reader, Melissa had made it through the quake there.  Then this thing with Japan.  I couldn't bring myself to talk about myself for a whole week.  That's like a year in me years.  I had a pretty solid Japanese following before.  I haven't seen a single hit since.  It... bothers me.

Ultimately though, I have absolute faith in them.  They are brilliant, kind, fucked-up, and totally inappropriate.  Just like me.  No wonder I love them so much.

What are some things you love about other cultures?


Melissa said...

I also love Japan, I used to work with some lovely girls that were here to study, they were wonderful,funny and bright. I hope they are ok.

Also thanks to your previous post I have an overwhelming desire to watch The Neverending Story, like, endlessly.. Bastian! Bastian!
My mum used to cry over the horse/quicksand incident everytime. I like to bring that up often.

Adam Jones said...

Then she and I have that in common. I cannot watch Artax sink into the Swamp of Sadness without getting all weepy.

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