Japan, have a seat. We really need to talk….
I’ve heard about your sending of envoys around the world to promote Japanese culture.
That’s a great idea man, I really think it would be wonderful to get more people around the world turned on to what you’re doing here.
Whoa there, buddy! When I said ‘turned on’ I didn’t mean it like that!
I think you might have figured it out all wrong.
You do realize you’re selling your image as a country of cute whores, right?
Awe man, I didn’t mean to say it so bluntly, but honestly, don’t you think this could end up being a bit of a problem?
When we think of Paris we think of art and food, while America stretches forward with its rugged landscapes, vibrant cities, and individualistic, wacky folks. India gets by on its colonial old world adventure vibe, while Africa depends upon its unique environments and animals.
Those are powerful images.
Meanwhile, you’ve decided to embrace girls in maid uniforms and cosplay outfits.
After all the foreign ministry brainstorming, the best you could do was to think of sending a brigade of whores abroad to talking about dressing up as submissive french maids, school girls, or in animal costumes while chatting about fashion and Japanese comic books?
Don’t be so offended. Although I have my own overly personal hatred for most picture books (my students are surprised when I read big books with no pictures), I’m not so biased to be blinded to the fact that there are some great works of manga out there written by very intelligent people.
Why don’t you just send those people abroad to talk about Japan and what they do, along with other authors, artists and creative people?
No, no, I’m not suggesting we dress up manga writers and artists in school girl uniforms. I’m saying we let the merits of their work speak for themselves and attract people to Japanese culture and sensibility.
Oh, stop it, you really need to get off this “kawaii” kick! That would be as silly as Neil Gaiman in a school girl uniform. You really gotta get off the cosplay vibe!
Don’t you realize that in portraying you women as cute, submissive whores in costumes that you’re completely undercutting the abilities, intelligence, and natural beauty of the women in your country.
You’re selling an image of your women as hot, shallow and superficial sluts with knee socks and short skirts that live to exist like real world barbie dolls
While I realize that you’re womens’ rights records is woefully below that of most Western countries, is this really an image you’d like to perpetuate around the world?
I assure you, it’s already a pretty heavy image around the globe. I don’t really think you need to enhance it with your envoy of barbie sluts. You might actually want to think about downplaying it some.
During my time in America, I remember many an otaku fanatic, woefully wishing for the day they could come to your magical shores and bask in the adoration of overly cute whores who loved them for their intense interest in maid costumes and Dragon Ball.
Thank god, this isn’t actually that country (mostly).
Those type of folks come here by the boatloads already, trawling the streets for their “kawaii” girl, often operating under a completely false presumption of how these women may react to their advances and how they should be treated.
Do you really want to promote this to a whole new level? Do you really want the world thinking that your women are all barbie dolls ready to be played with?
If it’s government sanctioned and an actual government funded endeavour, it just becomes all the more official as a country’s platform.
Is this something your government honestly wants to be known for promoting?
Do you really know what you’re getting into?
Man, we’ve shared some good times together. I don’t want to get mad at you. But seriously, you really need to ponder what you’re aiming for.
Sure, I’ve partaken in some of your wacky snacks and all their ‘kawaii” vibe glory, but at the end of the day, when I want to quantify why you’re my friend and why I keep hanging out with you, it’s not cause of your barbie whores.
So sit back and think for a little bit about a better way. There’s gotta be one.
Best of luck to you, man, I hope we can figure it all out and not strain our friendship anymore…
(Meanwhile, I will someday totally undercut this post (if not already) in a future post where I talk about some beautiful Japanese girl I’m mad about…I’m a hypocrite, sue me)