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KitanaUkira:
Hello Everyone!

So I'm a senior in high school and i have to do a senior project.(actually dealerJason aka Ebner is my mentor) For my senior project my essay question is how has japanese culture influenced american society? obviously conventions are some of the biggest things out there, like otakuism and such. I was just hoping to get some input because what better way to research then to ask the fans how it has influenced them? Thanks so much for your input!

-kita-uki

PyronIkari:

--- Quote from: KitanaUkira on March 01, 2010, 09:20:33 AM ---Hello Everyone!

So I'm a senior in high school and i have to do a senior project.(actually dealerJason aka Ebner is my mentor) For my senior project my essay question is how has japanese culture influenced american society? obviously conventions are some of the biggest things out there, like otakuism and such. I was just hoping to get some input because what better way to research then to ask the fans how it has influenced them? Thanks so much for your input!

-kita-uki

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Eh... conventions are still a very small niche part of society.

Japanese culture has been influenced American Society quite a bit since the 80s. So what're you aiming for, just in general or are you looking more recently? Or are you trying to gear specifically towards animation and stuff?

If you go earlier back, a lot of musicians pulled a lot of influence from Japan, and SE Asian. Erasure was known to LOVE Japan and the culture, and it's reflected in a lot of songs they did. There's a very distinct Japanese theme and tone in their songs/lyrics/PVs.

Food is a given, that JP food has pretty much been infused into the US at this point. You could write an entire report on the "California Roll" and different American originated sushi alone.

Animation has started to influence US animation, as a lot of US based cartoons are starting to incorporate JP style techniques in their art. Traditional 2-d animation styles have almost disappeared completely as they're opting for the more stylized and "hip" Asian art stylings.

Movies in both drama and horror are being brought and remade in the US. Stylings and themes are trying to be more incorporated in Hollywood movies.

I can easily expand on any of these, though I'm hardly an authority on any of these things. So really you can only use these forums as an idea, and do actual real research and use more credible sources.

RaddaX2:
i would like to know if there is a relation between "bukakke" and why the majority of american porn i find ends with a money shot to the face.

That and Bape.  Based in japan but worn by alot of top artist in the US.  What's up?

BrightHeart76:
Something to be aware of the Japanese influences that we hardly notice.  As I read your post I was watching a commercial for KGB featuring two guys and a summo wrestler.  That commercial has played often enough that I really don't think, "that's Japanese"  I think "that's annoying, please stop playing it". 

Another is the introduction of creatively edited and dubbed Japanese shows into American television.  Not just anime.  Ninja Warrior, MXC (don't get me started), I Survived A Japanese Game Show etc. 

michiko nakano:
I could go on for daaaaays on the technology that has sprung from Japan... thinkgeek.com has a whole section of merchandise dedicated to Japanese culture. http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/japanfan/

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