A note before I begin: I’ve never been to Asia. However, I live with my Taiwanese girlfriend, and I have lots of Asian friends (some of whom are Japanese), so all of my assertions of what Japan is like are amalgamations of anecdotes. If anyone sees some glaring misinterpretation or out-dated stereotypes, please feel free to tell me.
I’m just curious what the view concerning nudity on tv is in Japan. It seems that (one of ) the stereotype(s) of the Japanese in Asia is that they’re openly obsessed with (kinky) sex. However, I’ve always thought, at the same time, that the Japanese society was still very “traditional” (can’t think of a better word).* Yet, I saw this blog recently on Boing Boing, and I’ve gotten a kick out of watching it.
Many of the videos are of girls doing ridiculous things and wearing next to nothing. There are also ads with girls using their *assets *to sell ice cream or bottled water. Then, still, there are videos with naked women doing absurd things (like seeing how many bodies they can fit in a phone booth) that are completely un-sexy (to me, at least).
I’m not trying to suggest that, by any means, the japanese are the only ones to use sex to sell products. I’m just curious if nudity is alright on Japanese television (like here in France) or are people picking these videos off certain channels?
Also, I’m wondering if the idea of nudity itself is different. Is it just not considered that scandalous? My girlfriend has told me about public baths in Japan, where sometimes entire families will go and sit around naked together (that’s a very basic paraphrase/translation of what she said at length and in French).
*Perhaps, I’m conveying certain Western stereotypes of being traditional, the major aspect of which is that public nudity is immoral or uncooth. At the same time, I’ve always heard that the reason its so normal for Japanese men to grab womens’ breasts on the subway or on the bus is that the society is so closed, restrictive, whatever that men have no way to release sexual energy, except by grabbing women in public places (I realize that this comment could be construed in a really sexist sense, but I assure you that I don’t mean it that way…just can’t think of a better way to word it)