Tofugu has an interesting article about Japanese Web Design and why it’s so different from US and European design. If you’ve ever been to a .co.jp site, you’ll recognize these elements of the Japanese web aesthetic.
- Lots and lots of tightly packed text
- Tiny images
- Three-column layouts (making this not look like utter shit was the “holy grail” of web design before smartphones ruined the web)
- poor or minimal use of whitespace and padding
- links are usually blue
- it’s a fucking mess
You’ll want to read the article to understand why. There are legitimate reasons.
I just saw a moderately interesting article in the Japan Times courtesy of @email@example.com.
Reiji Yoshida reports that in Tokyo, 1 out of every 8 young women celebrating their coming of age in Japanese culture are not Japanese citizens. It must feel strange to work hard to fit into a given society and culture, but not be acknowledged as part of that society or culture or be counted as a citizen.
Not that the USA is consistently better in this regard, but we are long overdue for a national discussion on what it even means to be an American. It won’t be pretty.