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Why Japanese can have our original pop culture


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At the first
I am Japanese.
I have been growing up for more than 25 years with only Japanese education.
So, I can say I completely understand Japanese logic, custome and emotion.

And I started to communicate with people from other countries(mainly USA and China) just 3 years ago.
Then, my understanding for forigners may be little poor.

OK, as I'm getting know other cultures. A big questions pop up me.
It is ...................


Why Japanese is so different from other countries?


And it became discussion why Japanese have our own pop cultre like itasha or gothic lolita that sometimes attractive foregners very much.
Dragon ball anime car 2
gothic & lolita bible vol.38


Actually the comment in youtube about itasha impressed me very much.

"Japan is other planet, not other country"


Today, I would like to write current discussion down just for my memory.
I also note it this consideration is growing up topic inside of me.


Then, let's start.

The Japanese characteristics I have found so far that could be root cause is mainly two in below.

1. Japanese does not use English normaly
2. Japanese does not like discussion


Then, I'm gonna detail.

About 1. Japanese does not use English normaly

There are some people who can speak/write English in Japan. But the number is much less than other country. For example, in China, many people with coullage graduate degree can speak English. But in Japan, some important people like CEO may cannot speak English. In the case of that, they use English for only work.
So in the case of their hobby, almost nobody use English for search.
Therefore, we have tiny room to add other culture to our culture, especially it is for Otaku.
I think it raise our originallity.


About 2. Japanese does not like discussion
Japanese don't like discussion.
Actually, we don't like to get negative comment from others.
So, we try to be same with others and prevent discussion that could be opportunity to get negative comment. I think this is generally caused current "Yutori" education.
But it also come from our logic characteristic of "the negative comment is to whom, not to whose thought". Then, we feel like the person like enemy.
And this is also because our characteristics that good at "feel" other's feeling can cover this lack of communication.
For example, we think "My word may hurt his feeling " just by glance down with out any words.
Then, Japanese is not good at expressing us by word.
But it does not mean we don't have exhibitionistic.
We also have feeling hope to be different from others.

Then, some people thought "is there any way to show my originality without word".
For sure, it must be cool especially for people who have same interest(Otaku).
At then, itasha would be break thorough.


This is my opinion for now. How do you think?

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There are so many postoponed, stoppe event due to earthquake and tsunami
Japnese itasha Event 2011
Last update; Apr-9th

I want to write the upcoming itasha event in Japan.
I will make some report of them as much as possible.


Feb/11(Fri)  Itai road event! (Shinjuku HOLIDAY)
  Golden week in May Ita road pre event idol live
Feb/11-13(F,S,S) Osaka Auto messe 2011(Intex Osaka) 
  Dress & Chuning motor show
Feb/12(Sat) Pain kite fligt in Shimizu Shizuoka, the 2nd
  (Lighthouse beach front hotel Miho Miho Shimizu Ward, Shizuoka City Park)
  Ita kite event by volunteer
  痛凧あげ
Feb/13(Sun) Aichi pop culture festa ""pop cal"
  Morikoropaku Aichi) Itasha Cosplay Exhibit
Feb/13(Sun) Itasha Japan 2011 (OSAKA ATC)
  Itasha exhibit/Cosplay 100 itasha entry
Feb/13(Sun) Himetama Ashikaga tama-chan virthday party at Kadota shrine
Feb/20(Sun) Chara Cos On Time
  (Shizuoka City Shimizu Marine Terminal
  Cosplay, Camaro Exhibition

Feb/20(Sun) Keion! Live(Saitama Super Arena)

Feb/27(Sun) Tsukai ROAD (Saitama circuit 634)
  Film "Tsukai Road"(release is Dec) anniversary event、100 itasha
  Tsukai ROAD pictures report  UP!!



Mar/5(Sat) 6th team itasha racing group driving
  (Supotsuairando Maishima Osaka) travel Gymkhana Association、40 itasha
Mar/5-6(S,S) Nagoya auto trend 2011
  (Port Messe Nagoya) Super meeting held concurrently
Mar/9(Wed) Miku Hatsune live party 2011 "Miku pa"(Zepp Tokyo)
Mar/20(Sun) Ita-G festa 2011 spring (Tokyo odaiba)
  Itasha, cosplay exhibit 1050 itasha
  Postopone
Mar/20(Sun) Niigata itasha fes 01  
  Niigata City Industrial Promotion Center, a / 2)Itasha, cosplay exhibit
  stop
Mar/20(Sun) 7th nipponbashi street festa (Osaka nipponbashi) cosplay
  stop
Mar/26-27(S,S) Anime contents expo (Makuhari Messe) Itasha?  stop
Mar/27(日) Putit Sugoi 68 Itasha AUTOSALON(Okayama dome)
  150 Itasha, cosplay exhibit Committee fanzine on sale
Mar/27(Sun) FUJISPEEDWAY Motor Sports Dream2011(Fuji Speedway Gotenba)  stop
Mar/E Itasha graphics vol.10 publish




Apr/3(Sun) Mikan tart (Matsuyama City Comprehensive Community Center Exhibition Hall)   Itasha exhibit(15)
Apr/6(Wed) Ita tu 2011   (Shigehara Twin Circuit)Drift, Grip, Drift contest, Itasha dress contest   50 itasha
Apr/B Itasha fes at Akihabara(Akihabara UDX)  Stop
  Itasha exhibit, stage event 100 itasha
Apr/? Hamakita Appraisal group itasha exhibit vl.4 (Hamamatsu city in Sizuoka)  Postopone
  Itasha exhibit, cosplay, racing cource
Apr/? Hatsune graphics 5 Only vocaloido itasha Photo Session, cosplay  Postpone
Apr/10(Sun) Ita-comi Fukuyama Itasha exhibite  NEW!!
Apr/16-17(S,S) Shizuoka auto style 2011 (Twin messe shizuoka)
    Custome car exhibit, itasha graphics booth exhibit  Stop
Apr/17(sun) SAVE JAPAN! support event for east Japan Earthquake
  Akihabara UDX-Parking Itasha exhibit  NEW!!
Apr-24(Sun) Group Driving with only itashas   Kure in Hiroshima Itasha exhibite  NEW!!
Apr/E~GW Manga Summit (TV asahi event space UMU) Itasha exhibit
Apr/30(Sat) Ita moto 2011 Minato-ku bike 7 nagoya-shop Ita Bike only





May/1(Sun) Dream party tokyo spring(Ariake big site)
  Itasha exhibit, cosplay
May/1(Sun)? Outlow-sane 2011 GW (Ariake Passenger Terminal)
  Itasha, cosplay exhibit
May/2-3(M,T) Ita road in FSW (Gotenba city)
  over 1000 Itasha, cosplay, live, cheap delicious Japanese food
May/2-3(M,T) Comic brain in FSW
  Fuji speedway, fun book sele  NEW!!
May/7(Sut) Kyushu itasha conference 6th
  Oita Autopolice  Cosplay, itasha exhibite, group driving  NEW!!
May/14(Sut)  Preta Bari Manga festival  Yubari city
  itasha exhibite  NEW!!
May/14-15(S,S) Moe all festival (Kanagawa Kyodai automobile)
  Itasha exhibite  NEW!!
May/15(Sun) Mobara de itasha3 (Mobara twin circuit)
  Itasha driving, dress contest
May/21(Sat) Chara festa 4 (Shikoku Konpira station)
  Itasha exhibite, coslay  NEW!!
May/22(Sun) Ita G festa 2011 Spring in Odaiba
  1050 itasha exhibite Message for earthquake sacrifice  Changed!!

May/29(Sun) "Ragumi2011" ~And(ry~(Laguna Gamagori)   150 Itasha exhibit, audio
May/29(Sun) Petit great itasha 69 AUTOSALON  NEW!!





Jun/8(Wed) Ita-tsu 2011
  (Shigehara twin circuit)Drift, Grip, Drift contest, Itasha dress contest
Jun/18-19 TOYAKO manga anime festa in Hokkaido   
itasha exhibit





July Moemi 2011?
July Itasha exhibit at Izu(Not confirmed)
Jul/9(Sat)  Yubari Manga festival
  Yubari city, Hokkaido, Hotel Mount resui   Itasha exhibite  NEW!!
Jul/16-17(S,S)  Shizuoka Auto Style 2011(Twin Mess shizuoka)
  Custome car exhibite  Changed!!
Jul/24(Sun)  Big Kyushu Toho festival 4(Fukuoka international center)
  Itasha exhibite, Toho fun made book sale, cosplay  NEW!!
Jul/27(Wed)  Ita-tsu 2011
  (Mobara twin circuit)Drift, Grip, Drift contest, Itasha dress contest
Jul/31(Sun)  Tatebayashi station cosplay & Itasha event
  Gunma Itasha exhibite  NEW!!




Aug/12-13? Outlaw-sane 2011 summer
Aug/12-14(Fri-Sun)  Comic Market80 (Tokyo bigsite)  NEW!!
Aug/21(Sun)  Petit great itasha AUTOSALON(Okayama dome)
  Itasha exhibite  NEW!!




Sep/10(Sun)  Organizing Necessity Illusion(Fujisan Messe)
  Itasha exhibite, Toho fun made book  NEW!!



Oct/5(Wed) Ita-
tsu 2011

  (Mobara twin circuit)Drift, Grip, Drift contest, Itasha dress contest
Oct?  Dream party 2011 Autumn
Oct?  Outlaw sane 2011 Autumn




Nov/5-6(S,S)  Big Kyushu Toho festival 5(Kitakyushu city west Japan exhibition site)
Nov/27(Sun)  Petit great itasha 71 AUTOSALON(Okayama dome)
  Itasha exhibite  NEW!!




Dec/21(Wed) Ita-tsu 2011   (Shigehara twin circuit)Drift, Grip, Drift contest, Itasha dress contest
Dec/E  Outlaw sane 2011 Winterあうとさろーね2011冬



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