I love how some SJWs try to flame people/artists/whatever for using elements of Japanese culture when Japan appropriates the hell out of other cultures.
I feel like at least 70% of Japanese culture is appropriated from other cultures lol. Mostly other asian ones, but a lot of aspects from all over the world too.
Examples off the top of my head:
- Japan celebrates Christmas, and not the small Christan population but as a whole they do. Why?? Just cause.
- Japan, that once had its own traditional style of marriage, now mostly has the whole “bride in white gown” ceremony and etc.
- There’s like a whole subculture of Japanese kids that are inspired by hip-hop and have cornrolls and everything lol.
There’s more, lots more, but that’s all I can think on the spot.
I really don’t get who started the whole DON’T USE OTHER CULTURES AS INSPIRATION ARRRRR thing?? I can understand annoyance when it’s done in ignorant ways but really trying to make all cultures never have criss cross is like trying to halt the progress of it. Part of what makes culture is thousands of years of appropriation. There is no culture that exists without appropriation from whatever other cultures it came into contact with.
Sometimes people are like, “Don’t use Native American-looking prints on your clothes!! You don’t even know what it meeaaans!!” …Neither did a lot of the Native Americans that made them. Native Americans copied each others textile designs all the fucking time lol.
Just stop with the silliness and ignorance pls.
All of this. Culture can’t exist in a bubble, not when people from different cultures live among each other, anyways.
If you want to truely conserve culture, you need to take your culture and move to a place completely shut off from any other person from another culture.
And even then the culture will change from within. People need to understand that culture is not stagnant. It has changed, does change, and will continue to change. You can try to preserve your traditions and carry them on into the next generation, but that doesn’t save if from changing either. You can’t stop culture from progressing.
So it’s really pointless to wave around with CULTURAL APPROPRIATIONNNN and try to hold it over people’s head when they take inspiration from a culture or tradition they do not originally belong to/did not grow up with.