What do you think about Japan? – Germany- Humpe&Humpe
When I´m outside of Japan, the first thing people ask me is (if they are educated enough) "where are you from?". Then when I say that I´m from Japan, still many people say "ohh, I love Japan, SONY, TOYOTA, NINTENDO, you make great technology! And Japanese people are intelligent and hard workers."
I´ve realized at one point that perhaps Japanese people are lost in the world. I mean as human beings, Japanese people are not so revealed yet. When I arrived at Madrid five years ago and went to a friend´s house party, a woman came up to me and asked me if I had to buy western clothes before coming to Spain. She believed I wore Kimono as my daily clothes.
Japanese people are hard workers, polite, intelligent, they wear Kimono and all Japanese women learn to be a Geisha. All these images, you may be able to call stereotypes. Then I´m curious abour how other nations think about Japan or how the media introduces Japan to their nation.
My German friend remembered one song when Germany had a new music wave, Neue Deutsche Welle. Humpe&Humpe are pop singer sisters, Annette and Inga. The make up… very 80´s and the song, what can I say. It´s all about Japanese big enterprises. It´s amazing someone can make a song about Japan just putting company names and actually represents Japan a lot in a way. I´m sure the song stuck to many Germans´ head until now, like my friend.
Yamaha, Mitsubishi, Toyota, Suzuki, Sony….. la la la lalalalala la la….
If you remember any songs about Japan in your country, please let me know. I love to hear them!
Humpe & Humpe Yama-Ha