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Tuesday, May 01, 2012


Nakatsue still Loves Cameroon

Nakatsue still Loves Cameroon by timtak
Nakatsue still Loves Cameroon, a photo by timtak on Flickr.
(From the Asahi Newspaper, 2010)

8 Years after Nakatsue Villiage, Oita Prefecture, hosted the Cameroon football team during the 2002 world cup, the villagers were still supporting the Cameroon team in its match against Japan, in the 2010 South African World Cup competition.

Not only does this prove Yuki's assertion (Yuki,2003) that Japanese do not engage in intergroup comparison, do not enhance their in-groups nor deride out-groups, but also it says something above Japanese hospitality. Anthropologists have argued that guests in rural villages in Japan are kept at a certain distance (Martinez, 1992; Knight, 1995), but at the same time treated with such respect they may even feel like gods (Martinez, 1996).In this case, visitors to this rural village are remembered and venerated even by those who are too young to have met them.

Bibliography created with a few clicks
Knight, J. (2007). Tourist as stranger? Explaining tourism in rural Japan. Social Anthropology, 3(3), 219–234. doi:10.1111/j.1469-8676.1995.tb00304.x
Martinez, D. (1992). Tourism and the ama: the search for a real Japan. In E. Ben-Ari & B. Moeran (Eds.), Unwrapping Japan: Society and Culture in Anthropological Perspective. University of Hawaii Press.
Martinez, D. (1996). The tourist as deity: ancient continuities in Modern Japan.

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