Japan Blog Matsuri – July 2010 Theme

by mo on 07/3/2010

Edit: The Matsuri is done!! Check it out here!

MMmmm, it’s time for a mid-summer matsuri!! Last month, Locohama taught you how to beat the heat or embrace the mushi-atsui with the June Japan Blog Matsuri about “Hot Fun in the Summertime”! Tough shoes to fill, but I’m proud to say that the torch has been passed this way to Mokudekiru!

And this month’s theme is… (drumroll please)…

ちょっと違う (Chotto Chigau)
or…“Not Quite the Same”

A lot of times in English language blog posts, news articles, and even the occasional Japan Blog Matsuri, we focus on what’s totally off-the-wall crazy about Japan – the things that shock and awe, and make you feel like landing in Japan is like space travel to a different planet.

Instead, this month, let’s think about the opposite: things that Japan has taken from Western, or any non-Japanese culture, and made their own. A few examples could be…
     • the time when you happened upon the statue of liberty in Odaiba
     • the time you ordered spaghetti, your comfort food, only to discover the
       mentaiko sprinkled on top
     • finding out you were missing a key part of the holidays, having never heard
       of a Christmas Cake
     • embarrassing yourself in a conversation before realizing “tension” is
       actually a good thing in the land of the rising sun…

I know tons of wacky stories are sure to come out of the woodwork – this is a pretty open-ended topic, so rock that creativity!!

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It’s time to recognize that which makes you go “oh yeah, we have that in my country too!! But wait a second…”

Rules and Guidelines
• Picture!! Include at least one.
• Personal stories only – no research papers about how girls give guys chocolate on Valentines Day in Japan… you are welcome to talk about v-day/white day, but give it that personal touch – make us there, and SHOW us what was “chotto chigau” about the whole experience.
• Your story doesn’t have to be about you actually being IN Japan, but it should, of course, be a Japanese culture/language related experience
• And, as always, follow the Japan Blog Matsuri Rules and Guidelines

Submissions
The deadline is Friday, July 23rd.

Submit by either leaving a comment on this very blog post, or by using the Blog Carnival Widget.

Check out the Japan Blog Matsuri FAQ if you have any general questions about this whole Matsuri thing, or, for specific questions shoot me an email at my gmail account (mokudekiru).

I am SO looking forward to all your submissions about those subtle differences that make you unexpectedly go “huh…” (or 「変・・・」 as the case may be.)

Jya!

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It’s Christmas Cake, DUH.

There are 28 comments in this article:

  1. 3/07/2010locohama says:

    Excelllent matsuri idea moku-chan! Wow this is gonna be a thrill to read I bet.. I’ll be sure to submit something personal and stupendous (-:
    Loco
    sorry,previous comment had the wrong website

  2. 4/07/2010Franzi says:

    Nice matsuri idea! I’m already thinking about what to write and looking forward to reading the entries (-:

  3. 4/07/2010Chris B says:

    Here’s my submission. I hope it meets the criteria cuz I was kinda like WTF?

    http://chris-ballard.blogspot.com/2009/10/offending-japanese-old-people-aka-my.html

  4. 8/07/2010crazyGaijin says:

    Cool topic, here’s my submission! http://www.crazygaijin.com/everything-japanese/kobis-in-a-pickle-hell-have-to-mustard-the-strength-to-ketchup-to-chestnut/

  5. 8/07/2010mo says:

    locohama and Franzi: Looking forward to some quality entries!!

    Chris: Whoa, those are some crazy Halloween shenanigans!! What would you say that Japan took and made their own here? (That would help for my writeup ^^) Maybe that they react to different ‘scary’ decorations than westerners would?

    crazyGaijin: NICE! Perfect for the topic too — Japan has other crazy hot dogs going on too (namely the Osakan ice dog, which I’ve written about on this blog actually)… Thanks for submitting!

  6. 8/07/2010Kevin Lange says:

    I think the best thing Japan has taken from western culture and made their own is toilets. I could write an entire essay detailing this argument, but it’s 7 minutes past midnight here and I need sleep.

  7. 8/07/2010mo says:

    Kevin: I’d love to read your thoughts on トイレ (and come on, who doesn’t love talking/reading about Japanese toilets?!?) You have until the 23rd, so you should definitely take a moment between now and then to write something up :)

  8. 10/07/2010David says:

    I don’t think I’ll have the time to put something together for this matsuri (new job and baby) but I’ll leave a quick two word answer right here:

    Mexican Food

  9. 10/07/2010mo says:

    Haha nice one David :) I never tried mexican food in Japan… other food types were interesting experiences though — not too much a fan of what they do to Chinese or Italian, but have had good Japan-ified Indian and Korean food. Depends on where you go too, of course.

  10. 11/07/2010Chris B says:

    I added another paragraph so I hope it helps :)

  11. 11/07/2010Franzi says:

    Here’s my entry: http://theblogsideoflife.wordpress.com/2010/07/11/a-different-christmas/

    I’m sorry it’s rather short, but I’m leaving for holidays tomorrow so I’m in the middle of preparations…

  12. 16/07/2010McAlpine says:

    OK.

  13. 16/07/2010Ashley says:

    Here’s my submission! This was a really interesting idea for a topic. Thanks for hosting!

    http://www.survivingnjapan.com/2010/07/booking-hotel-just-little-different.html

  14. 19/07/2010mo says:

    Thanks Chris!

    Franzi: I think you have found the defining characteristic of a Christmas cake — strawberries! (It hadn’t hit me until reading your post)

    McAlpine: Looking forward to your post… :)

    Ashley: Great post! I wouldn’t have thought of booking hotels as one of those subtle differences, but you’ve definitely encountered some shenanigans! It’s so fascinating to see what frustrations different people encounter when trying to do everyday things.

  15. 19/07/2010Rene says:

    Here’s my submission~ thanks for hosting such an interesting topic
    http://shoujikishindoi.blogspot.com/2010/07/chotto-chigau.html

  16. 22/07/2010Sandra says:

    Thanks for hosting! This is my first Matsuri entry, just under the wire. :-) http://japandra.blogspot.com/2010/07/trouble-bagel.html

  17. 23/07/2010locohama says:

    Hey Mo, here’s mine: hope i made the cut
    http://www.locoinyokohama.com/2010/07/23/bottom-5-chotto-chigau-things-in-japan/

    Loco

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