read your article "Save
Japanese culture - It is slowly being
destroyed by Hollywood".
Let me first say that I was born in America and I have
visited Japan although I hope to some day.
I read this article and just wanted to say that I agree
with this completely! The
history and traditions are amazing and I think it
would be very sad to allow it to continue to be
influenced by the West.
I have lived in America for 40 years now and can say
from experience we have very little
sense of family here, no sense of community or even
basics like taking the time to help someone out unless
it somehow benefits them. Sure we talk about these
things and tell the rest of the world about how great
our freedom is but in reality, this country seems to be
more about greed, power and egotism. To me,
Japan seems to be the ideal country and it is the
rest of the world that would benefit by adopting some of
I recently read an article about how some American women
from Harvard University were offended when they went to
Japan and had to
serve green tea. Being from America they were
complaining about how wrong and demeaning it was to them
and how the
Japanese way of life should be more like America.
The reality is that people like that should not be
Japan if they cannot accept the culture because they
are just more of a bad influence. When you really get
past the 'flash and neon' of America and really look at
it's people, it's not so good. Most people don't even
see this because when first encountering America they
are too distracted by name-brand shopping and
Hollywood style settings.
||A teacher of mine once told
me, the easiest way to
learn about any country or culture is to
simply look at the children, ages 4 to early
20's. It is because children emulate everything
they see and have not yet learned to hide the
bad things from public view. If you look at
American children you will see very
spoiled children that yell and scream when
they don't get what they want.
make friends and their friends instantly become more
important to them than family. They steal from each
other, do drugs,
break laws.... it is the same in all aspects of life
here, it is just hidden better by the adults. There is
very little honor here.