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Japan's obsession with youth.
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Posted 11/14/12

Syndicaidramon wrote:

I thought dirty panties vending machines was common knowledge.
Anyway, that's really only an elaboration on the subject.
I want to know what exactly it is, and WHY they have this obsession.



They deemed those vending machines illegal just a year ago.
Also, it`s not just the Japanese that have this obsession with youth; you can see that in the U.S. with people dying their hair to hide their grey, going through botox procedures to hide the wrinkles in their face, or in extreme cases, get plastic surgery to fix their bodily imperfections. (Even though plastic surgery is more of a Korean cultural phenomenon than anything, but that`s a discussion for another day).
The only difference between Japan and most Western cultures -- the way I see it, correct me if I`m wrong -- is that the Japanese age with more grace compared to the U.S. -- where they are more subject to abuse and neglect rather than respect.

Now, if you question the fascination with lolicon, then you got me beat right there.
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Posted 11/25/12
Eh, probably not. I have never been in the JET program, but I know several people who were/are in it. None of them currently live here in Japan though.
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Posted 2/23/13
I don't really think Japan has an "obsession with youth"; certainly not to the extent that America does anyhow. If I had to generalize, I'd say that they age a bit more gracefully and that age isn't looked upon as a source of shame and frailty, but rather, one of experience.
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Posted 2/23/13
i don't know if it's so much of an obsession than it is just.. well when you're younger you have more freedoms. most of the careers offered for the adults in japan don't allow them to dress in a certain way, fix their hair in a certain way, require their females come to work in makeup, have no unnatural haircolors (they required i dye my bleached hair back to black cause i'm asian), etc etc etc. and what, your woman is giving birth? eff that shit, go back to work, what do you think you have -- A LIFE? so that is why people think back to their younger days, when their lives were not so determined by something else.
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Posted 2/23/13
Every culture has an obsession with youth. An obsession with immortality and preventing aging, etc.

I know Japan and America has it. But think about it historically - every culture has rich folklore based around eternal youth of sorts. Quite often showing that aging is part of the good of life and trying to retain youth often involves evil acts if you think about it.
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Posted 3/4/13

(they required i dye my bleached hair back to black cause i'm asian)


That's just racist.

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i would say super conservative rather than racist. luckily i didn't have too much of a problem with it, but it was a rude awakening that most companies ask this of asian looking employees. "unnatural" looking hair colors were not allowed. anything lighter than a dark brown had the image of being "wild" or "untrustworthy" or something. pffft iunno, still think it's a bunch of bull. i guess it's similar to the older generation having a thing against kids with tattoos in america.
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Posted 3/14/13
when you're young, you're naive and have dreams and what not. Older people have to work, know reality etc.
It's not really a Japanese thing, its prevalent in all cultures.
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