Scandinavia and the World


Oh, get a room you two!

America is super popular in Japan, and Japan is super popular in America, though most everyday people in either country don't know this.

I talked to a Japanese woman who told me that when she went to USA everything felt so familiar because they watched so many American movies in Japan and she almost felt at home, but when she went to Europe she had no idea what to do with herself.

8th October 2012
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25 days ago #9333494        

sister japan reminds me of a friend of mine from japan, she acts like a sugar hyped 5 year old when she gets excited, much to the annoyance of one of her friends (though even she admits she can't help but laugh at her)

25 days ago #9333372        

When I was living in Japan, I felt like it was practically defined by a need for escapism. It is a country that, culturally, still adheres to conformity as a useful tool for social stability (it's still one of the safest countries on the planet, so it's not like it's not paying off). You can see some of the cracks nowadays, but as long as there's a "vent" it seems like it will still work. That "vent" just happens to be fiction/media from the US, which has a culture that is in many ways just about the opposite of Japan's.

The sheer size of the US rewards cultural complacency at a local level while breeding a sense of individuality. The general sense is "if you don't like what you know so far, you can go elsewhere", but this is a country where a 4 hour drive in any direction will often just get you somewhere with (for a simple example) a different sports team and the same kind of beer and hamburgers. Mass media's not much help, since everyone is clearly watching similar things, and that (I think) accounts for why we look to an "exotic opposite" to have a cultural exchange with.

So basically, the "opposite" is a new frontier for someone who's all too familiar with their current situation, even if the specific causes are so different.


21 M
1 month ago #9328294        

The accuracy, it buuuurrrrnnnnzzzzz

1 month ago #9327732        

Pretty accurate...


1 month ago #9326949        



16 F
2 months ago #9322001        

did u guys know, that in america they have japanese words on clothes and in Japan they have clothes that has american words on them, for example "cream" or "new"

3 months ago #9303634        

...Well, now I know you're hetero...


17 M
3 months ago #9301985        

@ShylokVakarian Yes! Yes! That has to happen ASAP!

4 months ago #9287177        

I knew. Sister America and Sister Japan should just have lesbian sex already.


22 F
4 months ago #9275034        

Sister Japan <3 I have been to Japan twice and are going back next year. Her personality in this comic is the best :D

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