unexpected insight to japanese culture
I'm reading the WaPo opinion section, specifically David Ignatius' comments on the potential for the apparent failure of Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's reforms to spark the defeat of the dominant Liberal Democratic Party and ultimately lead to the real thing. Pretty dry stuff, really, but midway through I got a glimpse into how different Japanese culture can be. In describing the initial popularity of Koizumi--whom he describes as "flamboyant" and "lion-maned"--Ignatius wrote:
Japanese schoolgirls rushed to buy posters of his lean, leonine face--the same schoolgirls who this week were swooning over British soccer idol David Beckham.
Wow...I can't imagine American schoolgirls replacing their posters of N'Sync or whomever with any politician.