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We have had a hot summer in Japan. The government is unusually driving an energy-saving men's mode campaign called "Cool business". For many years Japanese men have been wearing a white shirt with cuffs and a strip of necktie as their office uniform. Our great grand fathers mimicked their business partners. Even today, the suits or jackets are called "SEBIRO (Cevil road)" in Japanese.
Since the culture is an empirical rule, it develops slowly often stimulated by some outer world civilization. This process is very interesting under close examination.
Many of the well-known dishes with tomatoes, potatoes or red peppers can't be so old and traditional. The tobacco culture suddenly made its exit. By the way the communist regimes loved the word culture. Most of Japanese culture is originated from China and Korea but the long time in Japan made it well ripened and very refined.
As a modern Japanese culture I would like to nominate the hot water bath. I don't find any other countries in the world where the hot water baths are so commonly installed and they are really functional and do not leak. Perhaps could the toilet seat with the bottom shower be a coming new civilization from Japan?
We have had a quite number of western civilizations trying to be a part of Japanese culture. Xmas spree and the suntan parlors couldn't get in. The big chocolate sales campaign at St. Valentine's Day is working hard. Somehow these have strong smell of the commercialism. Shall Coca-Cola and Mac-burger follow the fate of tobacco?
Some Japanese are enthusiastic about building gigantic complex. Some Japanese are crazy about buying terribly expensive handbags. Both of them are so similar to believe these useless wastes as the top western civilization.
We Japanese have had many misleading information such as spoon and fork for eating spaghetti and the uniform for school children. These are rather cute misunderstandings. But we shouldn't be cheated. The naive people are sure about world peace or racial equality but there are so many nations keeping a double standard. We must be aware we know so little about our neighbor countries, for example China, Korea, Philippine and Siberia. I would like to visit local communities in USA where the world history goes after the Testament.
Do we have and live in one and same world? Are we ignorant or ill informed or misled?