The Other Side of Lost in Translation


Are Japanese perverts? #2

Now the new stereo type about Japanese is "Kinky."
Probably those "Hentai" videos(adult anime) have conributed to that,
something like a girl is raped by an incredible monster.
However, I also remember seeing lots of bootleg copies of
Japanese S&M porn films at New York porn shops in '80s.

During '60s and '70s, Japanese major film studios lost their audiences
to TV and Hollywood films so much that they were threaten to be bankrupt.
One of them called Nikkatsu decided to make a drastic change to survive
that they allowed their young directors to do anything
as long as they put several sex scenes in their low badget films.
At that time and still now, Japan has the strict law
not to show any genitals on any media.
therefore those Nikkatsu films were soft core porns,
or even less than today's standard of soft core.
However, young directors tried so hard to be creative
about how to provocative sexually and artistically.
Those films were called "Nikkatsu Roman Poruno(Romantic Porn)"
and one of their specialties was S&M.

At that time, I was a kid in a rural area of Japan,
but still I saw lots of posters of them with bare boobs of women
on my way to school every day
which could never happen in the U.S., I guess.
And those films were so controversial that TV asked
their actress to be on the talk shows very often.
However, until recently I had never seen them.

I bought a DVD box set called
"Masaru Konuma: Debauched Desires" a while ago,
and it contains four films of one of the most famous
Nikkatsu Roman Poruno directors, Masaru Konuma.
And one of the film "Wife to be sacrificed" caught my attention.
It is a very very disturbing film, very S&M,
lots of humiliations and even some suggesting elements of
child sex abuse without showing actual scenes.
Yet this is a beautifully photographed film
and made me think about this kind of human sexual behaviors.

In Japan, generally speaking, the awareness of
any kinds of social or political issues are very low,
including feminism.
Therefore nobody protests about the films contains lots of scenes
of abusing, tormenting, torturing and raping women
shown in the neighborhood theatres,
which is unthinkable in the U.S.
However, I do not think that means the rate of raping women
is much higher in Japan.
Probably the reality is the opposite
though I cannot say I am sure because rape victimes
tend not to report about incidents especially in Japan
to avoid further humiliations.

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Something you cannot talk about on media

I wrote a long entry about my experience
about writing of American Jewish community
for the monthly articles I was writing till last year.

Unfortunately it was not allowed to be published
by the legal team of that publisher
because it contained some criticism
about Jewish community's media influence and its unfairness.

I tried to write about it here,
but I deleted it
because of the same reason any other journalists dare not write about it.
It is a dirty little secret of this industry.
Sorry, I am a chicken.

I know there is very very small possibility that
I get lots of negative feed backs for this.
Nobody is reading this blog anyway,
and I already do not have a job.
So what am I gonna lose?

Yet, I still could not do it.
I am a chicken.

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Are Japanese perverts #1

"Ame Nochi P Shimasho (Let's do P after the rain!)"
by Ike Ike Girls

NO, you do not read like Ike of Ike and Tina Turner.
It is more like Ekay Ekay Girls.
"Ike Ike" was the popular term in the early '90s,
which means literary "Go Go"
and could be a noun or an adjective describing
girls who loved to play around with dresses of revealing body lines.

"Ame Nochi P Shimasho"

I am so wet because of rain
But I cannot sleep because of you
You are the kind of guy who does not move quickly
In your arm, I have to sigh again
Girl's mind depends on weather
That kind of kiss just does not do me
Let's do P after the rain
Let's do it passionately
If it turns out to be a fine weather
Please love me more like sending to paradice
Let's do P after the rain
Let's do it until we lose control
Hold me like a burning flame

Because I love him more than before
I wanna feel it like crazy more than before
After I get a very nice tan
Though it might be painful
I want you to hold me tighter
The uncertain rainy cloud started to move
I just can't wait, I am about to explode
Let's do P after the rain
It's about a time to do it
With my burning skin, I am swayed to paradice
Let's do P after the rain
Let's do more & more
Hold me till I melt away

Let's do P after the rain
Let's do it PPPPPPPP
If it turns out to be a fine weather
Love me more like sending me to paradice
Let's do P after the rain
Let's do it till we lose control
Hold me like a burning flame

This P means of course, SEX,
and tha rain is the metaphor of, hmmmm, not sure.
But It is totally a sex song.
They are pretty girls but what a hell are they wearing?
Those bottoms looks like diapers, don't they?
And at that time, so many girls like them on TV.

"Stand UP" by T-Backs

T-Back is a thong.
Japanese call a thong "T-back"
because it look like T
when you look at someone wearing it from behind.
And this clip is from the show on morning hour.
Can you immagine to see something like this on "Good Morning Ameica"?

Jikan Desuyo (1970-1973)

It is an interesting fact that
even when I was a young kid in early '70s, we could see
woman's bare boobs on a prime time TV show in Japan.
That show was called "Jikan desyo(It's time)" and
it was about a family who ran a Sento
(Japanese style public bath house)
and almost everytime, they showed boobs in a female undressing room.
My mother complained about that but she did not change the channel
because she knew everybody enjoying the show.
Something like this simply cannot happen in U.S. even in this day.
But in Japan, showing genitals in any media
is still strictly, well probably not so much, prohibited by law.

I still remember my teacher said not to watch
Sally Field's "Flying Nun" because it was on the air
after 10:00PM in the area I lived
So I did not watch it as a model kid.
But still I could watch this bare boob show
and teachers did not say anything about it.

And one other thing I remember is that
every summer there was a TV special that
many young stars gathered and did swimming competitions.
And the during the show, every time without a fail,
some girl's bikini top fell down accidentally,
well that's what they said, bare boobs were exposed
and always they were caught by a TV camera clearly.
Those were prime time shows with many celebrities
who were adored by kids.

To be continues

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How Japanese see Koreans #2

In early '70s, there was a sudden outbreak of..,
well, outbreak of the popularity of Chinese singers in JapanLand.
First, a very sexy & soulful Tiwanese singer called Ou Yang Fei Fei,
then, a cute young idol singer from Hong Kong called Agnes Chan.
As both of them became very popular,
subsequently Japanese record companies and agencies sent
lots of scoutmen to Taiwan and Hong Kong
to hail new cuties and beauties.

It was not only singers, in '70s there was a young Chinese-Japanese actress called Bunjak Hung was also popular.

Then, in '79, this song by Judy Ongg became a phenomenal hit.
She was born in Taiwan, moved to Japan when she was two,
and already a child star during '60s.

In mid '80 Teresa Teng became a super star,
not only in Japan but also all over Asia,
though she originally came to Japan in '73 from Taiwan,
and had a few hits during '70.
Then she was deported in '79 as she used a fake passport
and could not get in Japan till '84.
But after that, just hit after hit after hit.

Japanese considered these Chienes entertainers as exotic beauties.
And the interesting thing was that
no Korean entertainer could acomplish a success like these
as a Korean till a recent time.
Since late '70s
a few Korean Enka(traditional style Japanese popular ballds) singers
had achieved some sucess in Japan.
However, still at that time, I could hardly imagine
the day would come that Japanse young kids idolize
young Korean pop stars like they do now.

Though even in '70s, there were some successful
Korean-Japanese entertainters.
But they had to use Japanese names and hide their identities
like Jewish entertainters do in U.S.
Interestingly enough Japanese had prejudices
toward both Chinese and Koreans,
then how come only Chinese were accepted but Koreans were not?
Well, Chinese were Novelties for Japanese
as not many of them lived in Japan.
On the other hand, Korean-Japanese could be threats for Japanese
as a significant number of them were living in Japan.
The same logic can work in U.S. as well.
"One Black family in a White neighborhood is a novelty
but two of them are the begining of a Ghetto."

Yes, in a way, Chinese entertainers were accepted as they are.
However, think about it, they were all females
because womens were/are less threatening for the majority.

Here is a very popular Korean-Japanese singer, Akiko Wada.
She has been singing since early '70s
and considered a Japanese Soul singer
though she did not reveal her identity till a recent time.

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