The terrible twins of blogging on culture have opened the new year with a pair of entertaining and thought-provoking posts.
Over at Western Fear of the Neonsign, the callygraphy kid offers a long meditation on culture codes. Mercifully or impishly, he leaves for the reader to decide the culture code for Land of the Rising Sun itself.
At Néojaponisme, the always informative W. David Marx peels back the layers of the most recent attack on the young. It seems the kids today are just not getting drunk, nervous, laid or nicotine-stained enough to keep Japan sane and whole.
Doesn't anyone have anything cheerful to report from the front lines?