The Fading of Japanese Culture
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This paper discusses the fascination long exercised by Japanese culture on the Western mind. However, the writer explains that as Westerners seeking to experience a new and foreign culture continue to travel to Japan, the very unique qualities which make Japan so appealing and interesting are diminishing. This process is not one-sided since the effects of Japanese culture can be seen on the Western front even as the West continues to influence Japan. The paper concludes that globalization in general diminishes the cultural rift which makes Japanese culture so interesting to Westerners.
From the Paper:"As Western travel to Japan has increased, so have the Western footprints been left in the form of Western culture and style. This can be seen simply in the physical appearances of the larger cities. With the exception of the written language on all of the buildings, walking through the metropolis of Tokyo may not be much different from a stroll through downtown Chicago or Paris. The skyscrapers and business buildings one may witness in Japan would have striking similarity to those in American or other Western cities. Also consider the fact that baseball, one of the most American of American cliches, has grown into one of the most popular sports in Japan. In fact, there is even a baseball hall of fame in Tokyo... right next to the Tokyo Dome (The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)."
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- Barnett, Ned. "Japanese a Big Hit for MLB." The News & Observer 16 April 2004. 24 Feb. 2009. < http://www.newsobserver.com/781/story/223869.html>.
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The Fading of Japanese Culture (2010, July 26) Retrieved January 28, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/the-fading-of-japanese-culture-128500/
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