General Observations

Softbank Cellphone Ad With Cameron Diaz

Softbank Cellphone Ad With Cameron Diaz

Hollywood is EVERYWHERE!

One thing that I’ve found to be very interesting is the fact that no matter where you go, you cannot escape American Hollywood stars.  In every corner, in every store, there’s a least a dozen ads with some American pop culture icon on it (As you can see on the pictures of ads that I put up).  How is this interesting?  I think this is interesting because I never see Japanese pop culture icons in American ads in the states or on TV.  Here, it’s everywhere.  If you think that coming to Japan will help you escape all of that, you’ve been badly mistaken.  I find it very disappointing that Japan doesn’t use their own icons to advertise and sell their products, relying on and believing that American ones would do a much better job at that.  Whether this marketing strategy is profitable or not, I really wouldn’t mind if I didn’t see a single Hollywood star during the duration of my study here in Japan.

Tommy Lee Jones- Cigarettes Ad on a Vending Machine

Tommy Lee Jones- Boss Coffee Ad on a Vending Machine

Angelina Jolie on a Shiseido Ad

Angelina Jolie on a Shiseido Ad

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Yukata Fitting
 
First Dance of the Day

First Dance of the Day

I had a great opportunity over the weekend to learn how to wear a Yukata.  It was really fun and interesting.  Apart from that, we also had the honor of watching six traditional Japanese dances and participating in four area base dances that are very popular to do at festivals and ceremonies.  As I was watching the dances and taking part in it, I realized how different it is from my own culture.  I am Hmong- from the United States of America.  Are you confused?  No, I am not Mongolian.  I am not Chinese.  I definitely am not Japanese or Korean either.  I am Hmong.  In my culture, the only dances performed are those by youngsters during our only holiday- the new year.  Other than that, I would never ever see people dancing together or elders doing dances for show and fun.  I mean the times have changed a lot since we have assimilated so much to American/western culture, but the more things change, the more they also stay the same.  My parents would never ever dance at a party, dance in a show, or just in general, DANCE!  I had so much appreciation for the 50+ years old sweet ladies who performed these dances for us. 

2nd Dance

2nd Dance

 

3rd Dance

3rd Dance

This made me think about what I have just learned in class.  There are many things that all cultures share in common, yet they do it/have it in different ways.    All cultures have traditional clothes, but they are all different in the way they look, how they are worn, and why the patterns on the clothes are they way they are, what the meaning behind the clothes are, and what occasions they are worn at.  Yukatas are summer kimonos worn by girls.  In my culture, our traditional clothes are only worn for New Year’s celebration. I used to complain about how different Japan is from what I know as normal, but the more I think about it, the more I realize how similar we are as well.

My Family and Traditional Clothes

My Family and Traditional ClothesMe in Yukata

 

Whole Group

Whole Group

Me in Yukata

Me in Yukata

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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