I would hope that the attitudes towards marriage and dating in Japan are not a sign of the future. Japanese culture is very unique, and throughout the video, it seemed like people valued other recreational aspects of their life over a lover because of the changing attitudes, media, and political culture in Japan.
I found it really interesting that Japanese culture values and accepts artificial reality. The narrator noted that all emotional and sexual phenomena of dating and relationships are replaced by commercial services and products. As an American who has experienced and grew up on traditional relationship values, the Japanese mindset and experiences may seem odd. T
he Japanese value convenience in physical and emotional relationships. This adherence to convenience seems to trump other aspects of life that Americans may value, such as the quest for a soulmate.
Ryan Duffy, the narrator, exclaims over and over again that he is profoundly disturbed by his experiences. He has every right to be. The commercialization of relationships in Japan contradicts everything Ryan has experienced in his life. This clip is mindbending– it shows the potential of rising social norms and social attitudes on innate and seemingly rigid concepts like dating. drinking snapping turtle blood seems ridiculous too, but if you grew up in Japan, would it really be that surprising? You have to consider the power of culture before you judge an establishment or action.
This video reminded me of a Donald Glover standup bit, where he discusses dating with different races and cultures, and how they affect our outward demeanors:
And yes, the dominatrix did take a shit and eat it, but it is also important to distinguish between fetishes and socially acceptable mindsets. We will leave it at that.
But how big of an affect does culture really have on dating and relationships?