Japan cracking U.S. pop culture hegemony

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Thoughts of Japanese culture typically includes reference of the traditional words such as Kabuki, sumo, samurai, or ninja according to Amelia Newcomb, author of “Japan cracking U.S. pop culture hegemony”. This is not true anymore, in fact, without realizing it, Japanese culture has seeped in under the door an invaded the American culture. Roland Kelts, author of the book Japanamerica, wrote about such ideals: The terms anime, manga, and otaku have become common parlance in the American media, no longer explained or defined in parentheses. Anime conventions are held nearly every weekend somewhere in the U.S. chain and independent book, video, and DVD stores devote ever expanding plots of valuable floor space to products shipped in from Japan. Public and school libraries stock their shelves with anime DVDs and manga Paper backs. (69) Japanese culture has invaded America through anime, movies, television, cuisine, Hello Kitty, and videogames and other aspects. Anime is an important factor in the influence of Japanese culture in America. Dragon Tamer Luna (DTL), a screen name of a person who wrote an article titled Anime: The American influence stated the definition of anime: “Whenever someone hears the word ‘anime’ they immediately think of Japanese animation or in the very least Asian cartoons. Really, though the word ‘anime’ is derived form the word ‘animation’. And the definition of animation is the making of movies by filming a sequence of slightly varying drawings or models so that they appear to move and change when the sequence is shown.” (par. 1) The first cartoon that defined anime was Astro Boy or The Mighty Atom, made by Osamu Tezuka was originally shown in the 1960s. (DTL, par. 4). Anime has also been described... ... middle of paper ... ...ists, with some even in their original language. This includes the computer-synthesized Vocaloids to people like Utada Hikaru and BoA. Anime, Cosplay, movies and Video games all show the invasion of Japanese culture in America. Japanese as a language has been becoming more popular. The number of those studying the language went from 127,000 in 1997 to about three million in 2006. (Kelts 179). Characters like Pikachu, Hello Kitty and those from other anime have graced our presence in public advertising, and children from all over are able to recognize these faces. Japan is a lot closer to Americans than it was in the past. Many of these ideas add to the idea on what is originally American or what is originally Japanese. American culture is rapidly changing into what other countries show us. Japanese culture has truly seeped in under the door and invaded America.

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