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Hmm....the pantsu shots?

No, I kid- to an extent...
If we're talking culture.......how about the culture festival?

I'm too sure if it's a cultural theme, but the rich girls almost always reveal a good portion of their foreheads and have that annoying laugh that seems like a bad imitation of a British royal's laugh.


And they always laugh into the back of their hand.


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Europe got rid of the Sword, replaced it with the gun, then forgot about the sword


Gun formations allowing continuous fire were pioneered by the Japanese.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Nagashino

Tactics that were still being used by the British against American revolutionaries two centuries later, to give one salient example.
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TripleBakaKimidori wrote:

Hmm....the pantsu shots?

No, I kid- to an extent...
If we're talking culture.......how about the culture festival?

I'm too sure if it's a cultural theme, but the rich girls almost always reveal a good portion of their foreheads and have that annoying laugh that seems like a bad imitation of a British royal's laugh.


I frequently see Tabit-something- festival, where they put paper wishes on a tree.

Social behaviour can be considered a cultural theme, like bowing to someone when saying goodbye--I noticed this a lot in Japanese anime.
But I'm not sure what characters laugh with their forehead revealed... I think that one might be an exaggeration or parody of the rich? rather than a cultural thing.



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That said, I'll say Japanese culture is among the least influenced of all cultures, at least as of the current day.
Japan was an isolationist country with no profitable resources. They want to be left alone, and you have nothing to do there. Europe fought and fought for China, Africa, Inida, the Americas....but Japan's a small island that produces Fish. They buy shit from China and stay by themselves, wooop dee-doo.

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If we're talking about which cultures are least influenced by Western cultures... I would probably say the Middle Eastern cultures are the least influenced. Or if you really want to get technical--small individual tribes in Africa who still live in huts and hunt wild animals for survival.

Most countries of the world are already influenced by Western culture, this is evident in fashion style and the presence of Western architecture all over the place.
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Oda Nobunaga

Read somewhere he was the catalyst for uniting Japan as one country, one of his offpsrings or successors obviously fulfilled that goal for him.

Many animes referenced this historical figure, the recent ones being "Nobunaga the fool", "Nobunagun" and "The Ambitions of Oda Nobuna".

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If we're talking about which cultures are least influenced by Western cultures... I would probably say the Middle Eastern cultures are the least influenced. Or if you really want to get technical--small individual tribes in Africa who still live in huts and hunt wild animals for survival.

Most countries of the world are already influenced by Western culture, this is evident in fashion style and the presence of Western architecture all over the place.


Hmmm, I would say the Middle Eastern cultures are both a part of, and heavily influenced by the Western culture. Hell, a lot of Western Culture is a part of that whole Middle East-West type of area.

I'm not sure what I was thinking back when I made my comment however. Japan has been heavily influenced by Germany and the West, as Oda Nobunaga would exemplify.


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Oda Nobunaga

Read somewhere he was the catalyst for uniting Japan as one country, one of his offpsrings or successors obviously fulfilled that goal for him.
Many animes referenced this historical figure, the recent ones being "Nobunaga the fool", "Nobunagun" and "The Ambitions of Oda Nobuna".


After watching the first episode of Nobunagun, I took the time to look the guy up. Not only is Nobunagun unique, it's actually attempting to be historically accurate with their Nobunaga! He's not some crazy Mecha-using crazy guy, or a pair of boobies. He's an eccentric guy who did weird shit, like all eccentrics.

The man loved western culture, had a career of military victory, was a Gun-otaku, and spent his free time building cool shit. How can you not like this guy?

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GayAsianBoy wrote:

Oda Nobunaga

Read somewhere he was the catalyst for uniting Japan as one country, one of his offpsrings or successors obviously fulfilled that goal for him.
Many animes referenced this historical figure, the recent ones being "Nobunaga the fool", "Nobunagun" and "The Ambitions of Oda Nobuna".


After watching the first episode of Nobunagun, I took the time to look the guy up. Not only is Nobunagun unique, it's actually attempting to be historically accurate with their Nobunaga! He's not some crazy Mecha-using crazy guy, or a pair of boobies. He's an eccentric guy who did weird shit, like all eccentrics.

The man loved western culture, had a career of military victory, was a Gun-otaku, and spent his free time building cool shit. How can you not like this guy?



Actually, in "Nobunaga the Fool", the Nobunaga character is also presented as being fascinated with Western technology... "the mecha" that he's using.

Never said I didn't like him, just saying he's part of a recurring cultural theme used in anime. He's culturally significant is what I'm trying to say.


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I didn't mean to accuse you of not liking him.

It was more a general "How could anybody not like a historical figure like that?"

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uncletim wrote:

the Sailor uniforms go back to the mid 20's when militarism really started to take hold in japan


actually it goes back before Taisho an into Meiji era.

Basically after Oliver Perry waved his p.. FLAG about, and forced Japan to Kowtow to America (and the other European powers did something similar)

Japan decided it was going to out-great power the great powers and imported experts from all over the western world to help them build railways, modernize their army and even dictate fashion.

They got the Von Trap family style school uniforms you see in Evangelion from the Germans for example and the School Bells from the English and made it all their own.

If you watch period anime or read period manga. you can see this dichotomy in their society where Kimonos and Hakuma and geta remain import in the home and at festivals but the streets are filled with people in suits and crinolined skirts like the western fashion of the day. Police Military uniforms shift from the Conical helmets and breast plates (or Shinsengumi robes) to uniforms not unlike the French or the Americans (Who got them from the French: from the revolution through Napoleon, right up until Germany kicked the 2nd Republic's ass, France was the army to emulate)


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