Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Moè is the New Face of Japan With These Ambassadors

In a press conference earlier this week, three young women were introduced as the newest "cultural envoys" of Japan.

They were dressed in outfits very unbecoming of a traditional country ambassador: polka-dotted shirts and frilly-updos, Victorian-style dresses, and even one young woman in a schoolgirl outfit, and she doesn't even attend high school any longer!

What's the deal? Japan is now exporting it's greatest natural asset is seems, moè.
According to Tsutomu Nakagawa, the head of the cultural affairs division at the Foreign Ministry, these ambassadors were selected because, "We want people abroad to know these kind of people exist in Japan and to feel close to them."

A Reuters article goes on to explain the outfits are "inspired by the characters in Japan's distinctive 'anime' animated films and 'manga' cartoon books."
Should'a known.

A year ago, it was announced that Doraemon would be the next special ambassador of Japan. Could this all have been a contrived effort of Japan's quasi-otaku Prime Minister, Taro "Rozen" Aso?

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6 Comments:

At Mar 25, 2009, 7:14:00 PM, OpenID appingo said...

It doesn't really make that much sense. I mean, there's other cultural stuff about Japan that I find much more interesting than lolita and moe and stuff...
but eh it may help Japan in the end, who knows ><

 
At Mar 25, 2009, 7:18:00 PM, Blogger Kip said...

I guess until they can actually get anime characters to be ambassadors somehow, this is the best they can do. XD

 
At Mar 26, 2009, 5:38:00 AM, Blogger Kami... said...

Any relation to this?

 
At Mar 26, 2009, 11:29:00 AM, Blogger Kip said...

That appears to be a slighly less ind-depth article about the same people.

I think it may show something of the news value Mainichi assigns this story over others.

 
At Mar 26, 2009, 11:57:00 AM, Blogger Kami... said...

I wasn't too sure considering the time difference...

"Moè"? 3 Stooges Reference?

 
At Mar 26, 2009, 12:15:00 PM, Blogger Kip said...

The press conference must have taken place later than the appointment.

 

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