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Why is Japan so obsessed with France. Japan even has a disorder that is diagnosed to Japanese people that experience culture shock in France. Which seems to be common. Their maid cafes even stole the French maid outfit. A lot of people don't like anime fans because they supposedly have the wrong idea of Japan. Well it looks like Japan does the same thing.
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Interesting that you bring this up, since I've been playing Akiba's Trip for days now and there are maids in the game......parallel to how there are maids in Akihabara who serve you at various restaurants. Not that I know this for a fact, though Akiba's Trip contains real-life references to Akihabara.

I don't know if Japan has an obsession with France, though. In fact, I could've sworn that they were more into Deutsche. A lot of anime and games frequently reference Deutsche Sprache; Attack on Titan is a most recent example of that.
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Check out
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_syndrome
Basically, it's a mental condition brought on by Paris not being as great as they thought it would be.
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why is the anime community so obsessed with Japan.

Pretty sure the same reasons apply. They find the culture interesting.
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Blaqlite wrote:

Check out
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_syndrome
Basically, it's a mental condition brought on by Paris not being as great as they thought it would be.


Just like how American otaku go to Japan and are shocked by the same thing.

So, how is this is a Japanese thing? Sounds like culture shock, albeit maybe a different version of it. Everybody can go through culture shock.
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So now i know why Pokemon made the Kalos Region O_O

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There are various cultures presented in anime.

Chinese ppl wear Chinese garments (cardcaptors)
Australians have blue eyes/blonde hair and says g'day mate (free!)

I don't think they're obsessed, they're just trying to identify the culture in the anime, keep in mind the intended audience for anime is Japanese people; it was never for us who are more culturally aware.
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The Jevvs in France and (Western Europe in general) are still very racist against the Japanese because they sided with the German's in World War 2. Even If the Jevvs don't openly persecute the Japanese, Japanese people can still sense the Jews latent hostility. The Jevvs deep seeded malevolence against the Japanese may sometimes manifest itself in the form of "micro-aggressions" which in turn causes the Japanese to react with their own feelings of negativity. Hope this helps.
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I notice that with my Japanese friends. A lot of them seem to love French things like the food, language, art, etc. A friend of mine from Gifu wants me to teach her French and she even went to stay in France for a few months with her other Japanese friends. I find it odd. On the other hand, most Americans I meet in general seem to like Japanese stuff more than France. I don't get that either. I've hung out with Japanese people for most of my college life and I still don't understand what exactly makes their culture any more fascinating than another one. I guess the grass is always greener on the other side depending who you ask.

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Timeout, I almost feel that this conversation is based on the fact that Japan --> obsessed with Maid outfits because of France... but I don't really get it because I am fairly certain other countries do the same thing (wear maid outfits, follow etiquette, build similar architecture). I am not sure just because Japanese culture has alot more interesting cafes and some utilize outfits from foreign areas does it indicate and obsession.
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Japan is very much into fashion... all eras..

And they take it to the streets.

In the west, you only see the fashion (from different era) that designers play homage towards, getting reincarnated on the streets on a moderate level.

If any of that makes sense... lol.



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Japan needs Rick Steves. He'll set' em straight.

Plus I've been to France and spent time in Paris. Yeah, they can be dicks to tourists.
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4Corvus wrote:

Japan needs Rick Steves. He'll set' em straight.

Plus I've been to France and spent time in Paris. Yeah, they can be dicks to tourists.


Mainly to Americans though.
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I notice that with my Japanese friends. A lot of them seem to love French things like the food, language, art, etc. A friend of mine from Gifu wants me to teach her French and she even went to stay in France for a few months with her other Japanese friends. I find it odd. On the other hand, most Americans I meet in general seem to like Japanese stuff more than France. I don't get that either. I've hung out with Japanese people for most of my college life and I still don't understand what exactly makes their culture any more fascinating than another one. I guess the grass is always greener on the other side depending who you ask.



I dunno for the Japanese, but for the Americans it could be lack of culture in comparison with other Western nations in the EU for example?

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themediumdipper wrote:

I notice that with my Japanese friends. A lot of them seem to love French things like the food, language, art, etc. A friend of mine from Gifu wants me to teach her French and she even went to stay in France for a few months with her other Japanese friends. I find it odd. On the other hand, most Americans I meet in general seem to like Japanese stuff more than France. I don't get that either. I've hung out with Japanese people for most of my college life and I still don't understand what exactly makes their culture any more fascinating than another one. I guess the grass is always greener on the other side depending who you ask.



As an American, I would much prefer vising Japan than France. Not trying to be a weeb or anything, it's just that I find Japan to be far more exotic and fascinating place compared to France. And not just Japan, I'd like to see China ,South Korea, Vietnam, India, and UAE over France. France is great and all, but it is a Western nation, there are cultural similarities that exist between the U.S. and Europe as a whole. A country like Japan on the other hand, is a completely exotic and alien culture in comparison to the U.S. and thus I find it much more fascinating place than France.
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