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February 24, 2011
In studying the ways of j-pop culture,
it becomes clear that there are odd
nouns all over the place, nouns invented I would guess that this is
to cover every quirk of the subject. an oddity of the Japanese
There's a manga titled "Otomen",
which makes it clear that "Otomen" In retrospect, I see that
are straight-guys who really like one of the characters in
doing girly things like sewing, Bleach (the "Quincy")
baking cakes, arranging flowers... was an "Otoman" when he
was introduced, displaying
ninja-level knitting skills.
Nami and Nyoko reviewed a manga
called "Yakitate!! Ja-pan",
where the main character
is a guy who has "Solar-hands":
he's a genius at bread baking.
The reason this matters, I think,
is that in English at least, if
you have a noun for people who
do something that changes the
way you look at it. A verb is
something you might-or-might not Consider the
do, when you have a noun for people case of "queer".
who verb, then deciding whether to
do it is a question of identity.
You're no longer just doing something,
you're making a committment to being And as with the case of
something. "queer", there seems to be
pattern of adopting
"negative" labels and
putting a positive spin on
(May 21, 2010)
I noticed that there was a standard
line of dialog: "You have to tell
her how you feel!" Nothing seems Well... one thing that seems
unusual about saying that, but it's unusual about it is that it
frequency of occurence started to doesn't really work, does it?
seem funny... clearly there's In American life, at any rate,
something going on there about the you learn pretty quickly that
famously "reserved" Japanese culture. you're better off "playing it
cool" more often than not, and
trying to act casual about
Commentary on the disk for the
film "Linda, Linda, Linda",
reveals that there's a *name*
for the act of "declaration of
feelings". Is everything is ritualized
in Japanese culture?
Dangerbaby points out that
there's another line that
comes up frequently:
"I'll do my best!"
She speculates that there's
some connection between that
and the tendency to wave
the flag for a category noun.
They're not half-hearted (cool?)
about anything: if they're going
to be a Fruit, they become one
of the fruitiest fruits you've
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