Saturday, December 15, 2007

Regaining our manhood

The other day I made mention of a peculiar recent phenomenon:
Is this the essence of the right wing reactionary movement--a fear of weakness--a paranoia about Japan failing because of a lack of aggressive irascibility? Is this the explanation of the irruption of the cult of Shirasu Jirō over the last few years, the sudden omnipresence of a largely forgotten figure remembered now for his rebuking Douglas MacArthur when the General showed disrespect toward a gift from the Shōwa Emperor?
Thanks to Japan Probe, we find out the worship of Shirasu Jirō has transcended cult status. It has ascended to the level of maudlin, transvestite camp.

When a top Takarazuka otokoyaku plays you--you are The Man.

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