Nerdy Revelries

This is the diary of a very nerdy girl. She is an English major hoping to become a writer, a fan of Sailor Moon and Harvest Moon who philosophizes a lot. Kino no Tabi and the novels of Vladimir Nabokov are her joy. These things and whatever else may catch her nerdy, eclectic interest shall be the subject of this blog. She sometimes likes to speak in third person.

Run by the owner of the equally geeky Sailor Moon Tumblr, Jungle Garden Senshi.

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white women of hollywood, reducing japan and japanese culture to cupcakes, sexy ”costumes” and submissive sex-kittens since god knows when

white people, this is why nobody trusts you

yeah, so white women fetishize, objectify, and commodify woc as well and treat us like props.

this is why we don’t trust you. 

In response to your logic, please find attached a picture of Hyuna Kim “fetishizing” and “commodifying” american culture. Yes I know she’s Korean, but J-pop and K-pop are relatively close in style, so don’t be pernickety. This use of other cultures isn’t a one way thing; as far as I know, American culture isn’t only basketball shirts and sunglasses.

Also, your Katy Perry picture is a poor example of the message you’re trying to convey. She, as well as her backing dancers, is in traditional Japanese dress, and there is not a cupcake or submissive sex kitten in sight.

And to add to that, what makes me really angry is that you are complaining about white women being racist and culturally stereotyping women of colour, and your response is what? “This is why nobody trusts you” - racism. Talk about hypocritical, you’re making sweeping statements about the Caucasian population as untrustworthy because a few dumb commercialised bitches in America made some music videos. Get off your high horse, just because you feel victimised by something doesn’t give you the right to do the same to others.

I didn’t want to get involved in this debate, I made a post yesterday and deleted it because I really can’t be bothered to deal with the inevitable backlash, but really this is getting stupid I’ve seen so many posts about it since then and it’s getting on my nerves.

"Yeah she’s Korean, but Korea and Japan are basically the same, right guys??" ….

Katy Perry and her dancers were NOT in “traditional dress”, jesus christ.

They were in sexed up kimonos with thigh-high slits in the sides, and face paint. Her “kimono” (which actually looks more like a cheongsam..) has a chest window! It’s a very poor, sexualised interpretation of geisha.
The fact that anyone would think that is how geisha actually dress shows how influential this type of representation can be. Here’s a photo of a geisha so you can see the difference.

Actually, you see appropriation without understanding in Japanese culture, too. Just look up B-gal and Amekaji. That said, I’m not trying to make the point that “they do it, too, so that gives us free reign.” However, I do think this is an interesting and complicated issue. The idea of “appropriation” has always confused me just a little. Since communication between different cultures began, we’ve been borrowing from each other. Back in the Edwardian era, Orientalism became very trendy and women started wearing “kimono.” While they were called kimono, they were actually very different from what someone Japanese would consider a kimono because they had been adapted to fit Western sensibilities. Likewise, some Japanese prints made during the time period known as the Victorian era in the West show Japanese women dressed in Western fashions altered to fit Japanese sensibilities by using fabric with Japanese patterns on it. The sailor fuku which have become so ubiquitous with Japan also have their origin in Western Victorian era fashion, as it was extremely common for children to wear sailor suits (boys especially, though a skirted version worn by girls started gaining popularity around 1880.)

I guess I’ve never understood when exactly an appropriation becomes something that is frowned upon. I’m white, so does that mean that I shouldn’t ever wear a yukata? Or that the toned down version of decora I sometimes wear is offensive or disrespectful? Is there a way for someone who isn’t Japanese to wear Japanese fashion and have it be respectful or is it all considered appropriation? Furthermore, fashion, by its very nature, evolves. I’d even go so far as to say that the point of fashion is to make a look your own. There’s no real point in following all the trends if you aren’t comfortable in what you’re wearing. And Katy Perry is far from the only person who has modified the kimono to her tastes. There is a style of Lolita called Wa Lolita that mixes aesthetics of Lolita fashion with traditional Japanese clothes and accessories. The main component of Wa Lolita is a modified kimono or yukata that has been given a more “Western style” skirt that can accommodate a petticoat. Is this appropriate because it originated in Japan?  So, what if the person who is modifying or taking inspiration from a Japanese style happens to be Japanese, but is living outside of Japan? Or if the person doing so is Japanese American? My point is that I’m really confused by what makes something an appropriation and inappropriate. Is it solely decided by the race/nationality of the person doing so or are there additional factors that play a role?

I apologize if anything I’ve said comes across as insensitive. I honestly want to know because right now I feel very ignorant about the whole subject. This isn’t an attempt to argue, but a request for clarification. I’m fascinated by Japanese culture and fashion and I want to make sure that I’m not going about my interest in a way that’s disrespectful. Is there ever a point where imitation can be seen as the sincerest form of flattery? More than ever, the world is a global community and I don’t think that being xenophobic in our tastes is necessarily the right way to go about things either. If someone could explain where the boundary is and why it’s there and not somewhere else, I’d be extremely grateful. 

If Henry ever appeared on a crime solving show (and he was one of the good guys and not a very likable serial killer), he'd totally be the highly inappropriate forensics specialist. "Nyahaha, the CAWS of death is..."
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no but seriously let’s make this an au

look i’ve already got ideas:

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Look guys, I started a thing.

But this is not the end of the story - -For their sacrifice was not in vain. Today there are lifeboats for all, unceasing radio vigil and, in the North Atlantic, the International Ice Patrol guards the sea lanes, making them safe for all peoples of the world.
Closing text to the film “A Night to Remember” (via everythingrmstitanic)

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Titanic arriving in New York


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There was peace, and the world had an even tenor to it’s way. It seems to me that the disaster about to occur was the event that not only made the world rub it’s eyes and awake, but woke it with a start. To my mind the world of today awoke April 15, 1912.
Jack Thayer, Titanic Survivor (via everythingrmstitanic)

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Part of me wants to stay in my pajamas and do nothing today. The other part wants to see if I can pull off decora and take some selfies.

Seriously people, stop asking me questions like I can answer them. I lost my voice. If you need to know something, phrase it in a way that I can answer with a nod or a shake of the head or pull up Facebook chat or something. Sheesh.


Please allow 3-5 working days.

Makoto’s phone is still nicer than mine.