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042214 (11:24PM)
❝I don’t care about losing people who don’t wanna be in my life anymore. I’ve lost people who meant the world to me and I’m still doing just fine.❞
— (via ohchsinad)

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042214 (9:51PM)
While looking through the Crunchyroll comments in regards to Avril Lavigne’s “Hello Kitty” MV, I found this gem of a comment lingering about. Needless to say, I was extremely bothered by it enough to make this post, and I don’t normally take offence to most things. Before I continue, here’s a disclaimer: I do not have anything against Avril as a whole. I’m simply a disappointed “butthurt” Canadian who happened to find this
You can feel ignorance practically seething from the screen the more you read this. “It’s not that bad!” or “It’s kind of funny!” have showed up occasionally, but I think it’s gross. Do people realize that the video only showcases a minuscule fraction of what Japanese culture is about? And  sadly enough, the “cultural representations” shown aren’t new to most foreigners, either. Over the years, many have the impression that “Oh, Japan is truly about the anime, sushi, technology, and outrageously kawaii lifestyle! Goody gosh, I feel so enlightened, and here I thought it was only about the kimonos and their weird accents!” The examples that media has chosen to share have ultimately convinced the average person that these truly reveal Japan’s overall image… please. It was similar to watching another out-of-continent tourist march around Tokyo only desiring to experience the things they do know about the country, and nothing else.
Secondly, implying that all backup dancers in Japan are “emotionless” based off a Kyary Pamyu Pamyu MV definitely shows how much you know about the entertainment industry that takes place over there. Sure, perhaps their policies do work differently from North America’s industry, but it seems silly to assume that all of them are the same. Once again, this is an example to the limited exposure most people (choose to) receive or accept.

"Like how Lolita clothes have a European style to them. Harajuku styled clothes are a real thing, especially the sweet type. xD" 

Ugh. Japanese street fashion has many, many subcultures, Harajuku merely being a district in Tokyo that has gathered youth culture and fashion together. Referring to one particular style the “Harajuku style” is labeling all Japanese subfashions under a single category, implying that the only trends in Japan are either “cosplay”, kimonos”, or “Harajuku”. Lolita happens to be one of these subculture fashions, which was inspired by the fashion during the Victorian and Rococo periods, and it just so happens to have more sub-styles branching from it. The aesthetics and overall design have only influenced the clothing. Nothing else. This style is not bastardizing a culture, nor have I heard of a Japanese person claiming that their clothes represent the overall lifestyle of those European eras, or claim to be dressing as a white person. Now put this in comparison to an adult woman parading the streets in a tutu with sewn-on cupcakes and sweets, claiming it is a “strictly Harajuku Japanese style~kawaii~”. It’s important to learn the origins of where certain styles originated from, giving the clothing an enriched history to them.

"Just because an American does something about Japan, doesn’t mean they’re racist."

This bothered me a lot. Albeit some people’s unawareness to how or why their actions are considered offensive, it definitely does count as racism. It is fine to introduce a new perspective to a foreign country, and to properly educate others on their customs and ways of life. However, it’s unacceptably different when you choose to present the same material as if it was a running gag, having others assume that what you’ve chosen to learn about this country equals absolute truth. It encourages people to believe in incorrect stereotypes, and lowers their expectations, even weakening their interest in experiencing a new place. “Oh, I already knew that. Can we go somewhere else? You know, where all the manga and cute maid girls are?”

"Does everyone think that Japanese folks are racist for using our culture as inspiration? No…"

I’ve never understand the use of the term “American culture”, but that’s a can of worms for another day. Today, there are multitudes of cultures living together within the United States, and although the country may have a variety of opinions towards it, as well as its fair share of problems, American culture should mean striving to live harmoniously together under one nation, to be accepting to those who may be different from us in lifestyle and in appearance. I am aware that the history of this country is stained with violence and prejudice, but it is the current American’s responsibility to better themselves for their fellow man, and to learn from the atrocities of the past so that there will be no repetition of what used to be. With that said, I feel that people should be willing to learn about each other’s cultures properly, because I certain that Japanese people have also made false assumptions on how Americans really are as people, and that in itself says something about the huge misunderstanding between the two countries. Let’s not forget the history they share, which also contributes to the bonfire.
TL;DR - What I’m saying is, taking the time to learn about one another, instead of relying your knowledge off social media, is one way to avoid making you look like a complete asshole “xD”
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eren-jaeger-on-the-dancefloor:

psychoticscream:

You just won’t regret watching this.

Everybody needs to watch it NOW

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