Sunday, January 15, 2006

There is an idea called
"外国人タレント" in Japanese
broadcast industry.
Basically they are foreigners
who come up on the TV
and say funny stuff.
Recently, the hottest
外国人タレント is Bobby
Orogon who fought against
Akebono, the former famous
Sumo wrestler.
I think the idea of
外国人タレント is very strange.
I think this kind of thing
only exists in Japan, because perhaps in other countries,
this could be very rude.

When I was in junior high, I had to go to the united
states because of my father's buisiness stuff. I came back
3 years ago, and I was surprized of the numbers of foreigners in Tokyo.
By the way, I'm not saying that it's a bad thing.
However, when I left Japan 7 years ago, I rarely saw s
foregner even in the cities like Shibuya and Ikebukuro.
Now, you see a non-Japanese person everywhere.
Also, this is not about diversity but I was shocked about
so many Japanese people aredyeing their hair. Because in the past,
only "yankee" had a blond hair.

I wanna talk a little about my highschool.
My highschool was a bit unique from usual highschools
in Japan. In my Highschool, we accept many exchange students
from all over the world. In my class, there was a Korean, Chinese,
Thawanese, and a guy from Sweden. What surprized me was that
they all speak Japanese very well. I can't imagine how long they took
to study to be able to speak like that. That's something that I can't imitate.

I went to Roppongi last week. Roppongi is well known for the ethnic diversity in Tokyo. There I went to Hardrock Cafe, and there were lots of foreigners. I was a bit surprized. I did not know that there are so many people from outside Japan living in Tokyo. I rarely get to see foreigners in my home town. Moreover, I have never seen a foreign person around the university.
I think Tokyo is becoming more and more into
an international city, and that is a good thing.

I have a Korean friend called Kim Rayong.
He now lives in the United States, he used live in Tokyo for 4 years.
I have also few Korean friends other than Kim, but what I thought about
them was, that most of them are very proud of their country.
I mean, I don't think so many Japanese have somekind of emotion of pride
of our country. Korea is a very near country, yet how they think is
pretty much different from what we think.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

We saw an animation movie in the class. It looked like an cute cartoon for small kids, but its concpet seemed to be very serious. There are two groups, spheres and cubes, and they start to fight against each other. First, the cubes are the minorities and get harrased by the spheres. After that, they have a big war. Then at the end, a new types of creatures were created. This is the story of the animation.
What's this cartoon trying to say? I think one thing is that if there are two groups that really do not know about eachother, they can easily antagonize.