At the beginning of this new year there was a bit of a brew ha ha as people got all worked up about a comedian on an annual special coming out in Blackface. The theme was cop shows and movies, thus one of the leads wanted to be Axel Foley, which could only be done in full make up. Take a gander:
It set people off. I have had this conversation with Japanese people before and they just don’t get it overall. Most people see it as emulation or imitation as a form of flattery and any explanation to the contrary is received with confused looks. Not sharing or understanding that history makes the issue difficult to understand.
Here is an interesting side note. There is this famous person in Japan who is primarily famous for being really tanned, which Japanese people often refer to as “black”. That was enough for him to get his own chip line:
See that white blotch? Those are his teeth. They’ve clearly darkened him up with make up, but they are’t trying to imply that he is mimicking a black person. Does this fall into the same category? I honestly have no idea. When they do a white frosted or yogurt covered chip we can explore my outrage.
What defines a young person? Well, the age of majority, which can also affect when you can become emperor. Also, some young people have been dished on for their poor work effort, but then get arrested when they really put some elbow grease in. The world is unfair.
NNJ 10: Underage crime
Trains are a big part of living in Japan, so there is, of course, going to be a dark side to it as well.
NNJ 9: Trains
Gambling in Japan is a surprisingly old, yet soon to be a brand new thing.
NNJ 8: Gambling
Japan is a country that is frustratingly strict on following rules. From NHK to beer machines, it’s something you should know about before you come here.
NNJ 7: NHK
Look, if everyone around you has some strange disease where the top part of their head is turning red, please, do your best to keep them away from you.
Brought to you by people who are aware that your fever isn’t normal, you zombie freak.
No more plastic surgery before / after pictures in Japan, just like beer gulping before it.
Also, the most famous plastic surgeon in the country isn’t someone I’d want taking a knife to me.
NNJ 6: Plastic Surgery
It’s Christmas in Japan and the Pepsi Corporation wants to celebrate by giving you a present. A new flavor.
The bottle just says “Christmas Cola” and the contents are white. What does Christmas taste like?
Cream soda mixed with cake batter. Honestly, not pleasant. This comes from someone who thinks Pepsi tastes good.