A short while ago we published a story by Takao Aoyama, who questioned the global craze for Asian women among a large number of non-Asians. He asked some very fundamental, hard-hitting questions – if they are so cool and pretty, how come the rest of the world is still imitating Britney Spears?
In response to that article, MYNIPPON has received hundreds of emails and we have published selected ones in the past. However, the emails do not seem to stop. This is an issue that has generated strong passions among people of all nations but the overall themes that emerge take two paths – One, Asians (including Japanese) should be proud of their culture, heritage, and physical attributes and not spoil or abandon these since these are part of their uniqueness and two, everyone should be free to live the way the want to and if that means abandoning your roots, it is perfectly acceptable.
Duane, who lives in Japan and studies the culture more closely, does not approve of this behavior. He comments, “It is true that anyone can choose who they want to be with or who they prefer to live their lives with. What bothers me the most is how can you choose one race of men over another without being racist or prejudiced? Most of all, how can you completely turn your back on your own culture and assume that you are welcome into another culture? Just because your skin color is similar, doesn't make you the same. What will you teach your kids? Will you tell your kids that the only good color is white? Now, speaking of hair color, I think the whole thing with Japanese changing their hair color to other than their natural black hair is completely obnoxious. I think Japanese need to find their own unique individuality - be yourself.”Leon Alexander, a Brazilian who lives in the UK, and has a Japanese girlfriend is concerned too about the lack of originality in Japanese fashion and style these days. He thinks that Japanese pop culture sucks and the only good music comes out of the underground groups. He writes, “The trend with some young Japanese girls dying their hair blonde, wearing ridiculously high platform shoes and putting on dark brown makeup that covers their entire face is laughable”. He is however not sure if anything can be done about it by Japan lovers and comments, “If this culture is really dying, then us from outside Japan have no real power to stop it. We can talk about it till we're blue in the face .