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Modern and Traditional Japanese Culture: The Psychology of Buddhism, Power Rangers, Masked Rider, Manga, Anime and Shinto. 在日イギリス人男性による日本文化論.

Sunday, April 08, 2012


Because I, my face, am

Because I, my face, am by timtak
Because I, my face, am, a photo by timtak on Flickr.
This poster advertising a Japanese popular music concert is using the band members faces in place of "I" in the sentence "Because I am." I think that this is how Japanese think of themselves, visually, scrapboookily, as a collection of images rather than as a self narrative, and hence the Japanese gesture for "I"

Pointing at ones nose and identifying with ones self image may appear silly or vain, but no less silly or vain than talking to oneself and identifying with ones self narrative or "I".

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