The above is a video I watched among many others to try and understand Japanese culture. I thought instead of watching and consuming I needed a comparison, I was getting too lost in my own bubble of what I thought was foreign. I needed a change in perspective, from an outside viewpoint similar to my own that I could watch and relate in order to evaluate my own conclusions. I often felt that my own biases were coming into play and I was the only one finding Japanese culture to be vastly different from my own. How do I know that Japanese people come to Australia and consider our customs and practices to be odd and different?
As I continue to research I will be posting these small epiphanies and experiences of things I found similar, different and new.
Above is a shot from a city and it seems incredibly congested and complicated compared to Wollongong, however, this is not too far from what Sydney streets look like.
As well as this shot. The ocean views and people enjoying themselves fishing is something I can very much relate to.
General settings Japan has set up are quite similar and still confuses my understanding as to how their entertainment can be so varied. I must continue to research more than just environmental aesthetics. He mentions ‘culture shock’ and this is indeed happening. I believe I stuck in the frustration stage as described here.
With more viewings of televised shows, I think I may be able to merge into the next two stages.