Sunday, April 11, 2010

Pop Culture Tidbit: Fashion Fads from Japan

In an effort to explain some of the cultural difference between Japan and the United States during a guest lecture this week, I used the following image. Test your PhotoHunt skills to see what’s wrong with it:

If you’re interested in seeing what all the fuss is about, go read this New York Times article. I used the example to illustrate different cultural orientations to appropriateness in public contexts, and as a way to understand approaches to conflict (attack vs. retreat) as culturally bound. I think it worked pretty well. :oD And in case you want another point of reference, here's a fun little video.


  1. Thanks for the link, it was an interesting read.

  2. I spotted this video on Japan last week when a friend sent it to me. At the time, there was an English version as well that has now been taken down but if you speak the language, well worth a look: