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They're Not the Only Aspects Of Japanese Culture! by Mintaka-TK They're Not the Only Aspects Of Japanese Culture! by Mintaka-TK
Suggested by MiniDiren-chan, so technically not a request.

Weeaboos seem to think that everyone in Japan obsessively reads manga and watches anime, and only enjoy the more otaku-oreinted aspects of their culture such as J-pop (including Vocaloid), gaming and national internet culture (e.g. NicoNico and 2channel.) If only weebs would look past the superficial aspects they pick up from anime, because Japan is a lot more than its comics and cartoons:
  • Japan has a rich history stretching back to prehistoric times. Though most weebs tend to only recall samurai and ninjas, Japan only rose as a world power once the country abandoned isolationism and the samurai/ninja effectively disappeared into history, and Japan itself Westernised politically, educationally and economically.
  • Japan has multiple works of highly regarded literature, both from previous eras and modern times. (And no, I'm not talking about light novels! I'm thinking of stuff like The Tale of Genji and anything by Haruki Murakami.)
  • Japan does have live-action shows outside of Super Sentai/Kamen Rider/other tokusatsu shows and J-dramas.
  • Japan does have unique subcultures have been brought to attention worldwide, though many of them are typically reactions against mainstream Japanese society so they might even be looked down upon for not fitting in (and yes, they have caught the attention of weebs. Lolita fashion, mainly, but also Harajuku-style.)
  • Japanese music is much more than J-pop, J-rock and Vocaloid. There are plenty of bands from the 60s and 70s that don't get much attention outside Japan nowadays. (However, the lack of weebs surrounding groups such as Yellow Magic Orchestra quite relieves me. :phew:)

I dunno, as someone who's been deep into Japanese culture for years, it just really bugs me when weeaboos try to paint themselves as Japanese culture experts while only describing misinformation picked up from anime and manga. Of course, I'm certainly not claiming to be an expert on it myself, since what I've previously said could be wrong and corrected by someone else. Just don't take anime and manga as an entire representation of Japan, 'kay?

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darkrai9000 Featured By Owner 15 hours ago
It's also got interesting mythology. Im more of a hard core Greek mythology fan but I gotta admit I've never seen a stranger mythology than the one in Japan 
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Otaku-Seraph Featured By Owner Edited 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would like to go sometime. It seems beautiful (from what I've seen), and from what I hear, they actually have SEASONS there! (I live in a place where it's either really hot, or really fucking cold. :()
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BeautifulLaceMoon Featured By Owner Edited Jun 20, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU!! I just got into anime last month. I do like it okay, but tbh I CAN'T STAND STUPID WEEBS. NOR CAN I STAND PEOPLE WHO HATE JAPAN BECAUSE OF THE WEEBS. I loved Japan for basically my whole life; I knew about anime/manga and liked the style, but there is sO MUCH MORE. Japan's whole culture/language is so much more incredibly complex and interesting than animanga.

Again, thank you very much.
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Stripe-The-Badger Featured By Owner May 31, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
There's so much mythology and culture. There's more to Japan than weeaboos, just as there's more to the forest than wolves.
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Fullmetal0Thunder Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017  Professional Filmographer
I've always loved sumi-é aside from anime and the Japanese language. I also like the landscapes and mature nature of Ohu. Too many people overlook this kind of stuff  
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Stripe-The-Badger Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I know! The overall feeling and atmosphere is very appealing to me.
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Rainbow-Space-Cat Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, there's sushi and cosplay too! :D

don't attack me I'm totally kidding :')
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Troops21 Featured By Owner May 5, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Japan has telephone boxes as aquariums.
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Articuno32 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
When I did LOTE (Languages Other Than English), we did Japanese, and we learned quite a bit about Japanese culture. They have their own sports and a lot of other things. I agree with this stamp on so many levels.
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DJtheWubs Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
THANK YOU
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IrishWolf2468 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
I do love anime and manga, really, it's great and always seems to take such bizarre ideas and makes it amazing and interesting, an art form if you do
But Japanese history and mythology (mythology especially!) are so damn interesting, I wish weebs would pay more attention to anything japan related outside of manga and anime
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Brookie15 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2017  Student General Artist
Don't get me wrong, anime and manga is great and all, but's it's not everything Japan has. It's gotten pretty far in it's technological achievements, and it's history is pretty interesting to read about. o3o
Plus their folkore is pretty sweet. When the Deviation/Art/Upload is Just Right (icon) 
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TotesAngel Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do think of that when japan is said, but I o know there's more to the culture.
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starauthor Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Japan has really rich creepy legends and stories.
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DJtheWubs Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
the slitfaced woman is a great example
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starauthor Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That legend is hard core.
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DJtheWubs Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
hell yes
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starauthor Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Insane Chester Laughing 
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LaundrySoapman25 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017
Like its similarities to Chinese culture.

And the Yakuzas.
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DaBair Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
There's so much to Japanese culture. Weeaboos are missing out when they limit themselves to anime and manga.

Japan also has lots of good food.
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Mrgreen36 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I agree  completely. It's a fascinating part of the world that's so much more then Weeaboo fuel. 
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meikotheshinyturtwig Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Japanese food, games, music and mythology are good to (especially the story's about their gods.) 
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xXPoisonous2000Xx Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Their video games and mythology are awesome.
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whatastic Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Nissan GTR and ninjas
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DarkDevil1984 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
When I think of Japan, I think Anime, Manga, Miku Hatsune and Babymetal but I always know Japan is more than that & not all Japanese are into that. It just sometimes people when they think of a country, they think of something they like. When I think of America I think Superheroes but I always know America more than that I do think other things when I think of America.
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BeautifulLaceMoon Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I love Japan. I don't really love any of those things.
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VincenAngellis Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017
Your feelings echo those of millions worldwide. There isn't a nation or culture that has not been stereo-typed throughout history. Unfortunately many of these groups will never have their hidden attributes sampled by the rest of the world. The reason isn't always due to being stereo-typed though. Most people have a limited amount of resources to spend, so they must limit their exposure to the things they find the most interesting. Sometimes it isn't so much stereo-typing but that most people prefer a specific aspect over many other options.
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rockstarcrossing Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Anime and manga are just like America with comic books and cartoons. They're apart of our culture but we don't ALL read comics and watch cartoons. Jesusfuckingchrist :facepalm:
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peculiarjotaro7 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
A list of things people forget about Japan:

-The history behind it
-Religion
-REALLY COOL-LOOKING CAR MODELS (coughcough Mitsubishi Lancers coughcough)
-Videogame companies
-Friends who live/are from there
-Live-action films
-Books written in Japanese
-THE MUSIC (I love J-pop, J-rock and J-metal)
-Earthquakes, hurricanes and giant tsunami waves
-The food (don't like sushi but I dig Pocky like a nut)
-Heck even the meaning of the flag is way over their heads~!

The rest can be best summed up here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh5LY4…
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Ryuuseinow Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I dunno about the live-action movies part, since most of them look like they filmed out of a low budget porno.
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0ZYMANDlAS Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE the Lancers, especially my child: 0zymandlas.deviantart.com/gall…
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ChickeonQueen Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish more weebs would dive deeper into the history of Japan.

Cool place now, no chill then. ;-D

(and sushi is really good)
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TheDeadlyRosered Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Japanese video game companies (such as Nintendo, Capcom, Konami, etc.) is one thing that comes to mind.
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Lady-Laryssa Featured By Owner Edited Mar 11, 2017
I wholeheartedly agree with this! Sure anime and manga are exciting, but Japan has many more interesting things. Besides, manga is not even the only Japanese art style. :P

"Honne and Tatemae" ("Honne" is true feelings and desires and "Tatemae" is what society expects from you) is one of the parts about Japanese culture that I like. I just think it's admiring how they care about not disturbing others with their actions and thoughts: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honne_an…
And yes, their history has shady shit (like every other country in the world), but there's more to Japanese history than World War II: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh5LY4…

Oh, and their food is delicious (there's a Japanese restaurant in my neighbourhood.)
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pocoki Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
i honestly wanna learn so much more about Japan culture because its so interesting to me but i never know where to start looking cause all thats brought to my face is pocky, anime girls, and ramune soda?? im down with stuff like that but i would like to learn more about actual culture, haha
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toxicanvil243 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist
I love Japan, but for reasons other than anime and manga. I love the myths and folklore, the cuisine (because I'm a sucker for seafood), the video games, and some of the wacky inventions they come up with.
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RetroMangoman Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
I particularly admire how they value working and studying, though that does go a bit too far sometimes...
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Wolverine51 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017
Of course there is.  I can't see how anyone would think otherwise.
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MiniDirenSushi Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's sad that weeaboos only like Japan for that reason.
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KyoyaP90x Featured By Owner Edited Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Not to mention the folklore, mythology and religion. There are so many beautiful tales such as Momotaro and the tale of Hachikou (a dog remarkably known for waiting in some sort of train station for his master for a really long time, shows his undying loyalty, don't you think?), and let's not forget the legend of how the dragon god Ryujin beat up a jellyfish and made it lose its bones (go search up about it, it's a really interesting story, and yes, that is actual folklore, not some sort of anime plot).
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Nanodandrescout Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017
Food, Fighting Robot Cafe, And More.
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