Monday, September 11, 2006

Shiubuya, Part 5: Preaching to the choir

Preaching to the choir

As with any lively place like Shibuya, anyone who goes there expects a bit of noise and crowding. Most of it is part of the atmosphere, creating a palpable energy that makes it all part of the draw.

But sometimes there's an element that creates a distatsteful dissonance, like eating a great piece of sushi with too much wasabi.

In recent years, there's been a resurgence of right-wing nationalism in Japan. These uyoku groups snake their way through the city in giant sound trucks, assaulting the eardrums of passers-by with their blaring martial music.

To make matters worse, they will often stop wherever there's heavy foot traffic to bombard everyone with their jingoistic tirades. Sometimes they'll even hand out flyers, but for the most part they just preach from atop their trucks, surrounded by bodygards.

But like any extremist movement, their words often fall on deaf ears. Nobody cares. They've heard it all before, and they have no interest. They just learn to block it out as part of the background noise, as they move on to the fun and excitement of this energetic city.

3 Comments:

At 3:31 PM, Blogger cb said...

Didn't you post this one with some desaturation before? It looks a little familair. But either way I like it. I can't wait to get to Japan!

 
At 5:20 PM, Blogger Stardog Champion said...

Yes, I did, but on my other blog. This one fit the series I did particularly well, so I decided to include it here as well, in case anyone here hasn't seen stardog photos yet.

 
At 6:43 PM, Blogger micki said...

What are the political views of the extreme right in Japan...what do they stand for?

 

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