Friday, January 04, 2008

Japan Times reporter does not unnerstan' Japan

Kaori Shoji, a reporter with a seemingly Japanese name, does not seem to understand Japan, let alone the mysterious Orient:

It took a long time for me to recover from the blast of bullsh*t Orientalism that was "Memoirs of a Geisha." There were the usual symptoms: nausea, shaky hands and an attack of shudders every time I passed by the Oriental Bazaar on Tokyo's Omotesando avenue, among others...

..."Silk" is drenched with the kind of East Asian imagery that we in East Asia only experience in NHK dramas that you watch alongside grandparents... and a deep down, hopeful belief that these things still exist over here.

Full article here. Don't know how she felt about the classic "Last Samurai."

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