This weeks cover photo is on Japan; a topic that I have covered frequently on this site and in the real world. I’m sure my friends have got pretty tired of my random quips about this distant country but I can’t help myself – I find Japan utterly fascinating and cannot wait to visit.
It’s a shame that most of the stories that are covered in the west focus on Japan’s clichés but I suppose that’s the case for many nations around the world. You don’t see many stories of hope coming out of Libya in the mainstream press. Likewise even the most minor story regarding violence in America seems to shoot to the top of the news channels. Case in point – the latest news that I’ve seen to come out of Japan regard the couple below. The Chinese billionaire in the mask has paid the Japanese porn star on the right £5 million pounds in order to be his exclusive ‘assistant’. She has agreed to a fifteen year contract with him.
If you’re looking for something more highbrow then you could look at The Guardian’s story about the dwindling size of Japan’s rural population. In a town called Aone, roughly an hours drive from central Tokyo the local school has a total of six children. That’s six in a whole school that once housed over 200. The population of Aone is a reasonable 632 people but, thanks to the pull of Tokyo, the average age is now 62. It’s a pretty interesting read but again it focuses on the clichés of the nation – the dwindling population.
I hope that when I finally get to visit Japan I will uncover something slightly different to what has been seen before. there are many websites studying Japan but it is my hope that on my travels I will find images and stories that paint a slightly different image of the country. That isn’t to say that giant robots, neon, sushi and samurai won’t feature heavily but it would be nice to share with my friends something original about a country I love.