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Why Foreigners Love Japan

By Asian American in Tokyo | October 13, 2008

I think this photo sums up this post's subject matter quite well.

Okay, so not all foreigners love Japan. I was just being dramatic with the headline. Still, there is a lot of evidence supporting the fact that there are a ton of Japanophiles out there in Internet-land. Check out the following hit stats from Google as of this writing:

  1. Japan (711,000,000)
  2. Anime (380,000,000)
  3. Iraq (258,000,000)
  4. Manga (162,000,000)
  5. Ninja (114,000,000)
  6. Britney Spears (84,700,000)
  7. Pokemon (80,700,000)
  8. China (80,400,000)
  9. Sushi (60,900,000)
  10. Paris Hilton (64,800,000)
  11. Samurai (55,800,000)
  12. Michael Jackson (41,500,000)
  13. Jpop (29,900,000)
  14. Gundam (24,400,000)
  15. Ramen (18,700,000)
  16. Geisha (18,200,000)
  17. Enka (10,000,000)
  18. Macross (6,790,000)
  19. Doraemon (5,180,000)
  20. Shinjuku (4,720,000)
  21. Sashimi (4,250,000)
  22. Ayumi Hamasaki (4,020,000)
  23. Akihabara (3,230,000)
  24. Dorama (1,790,000)
  25. Kamen Rider (1,540,000)
  26. Shibuya (1,060,000)
  27. Kimura Takuya (232,000)

First, apologies for the American-bias to this list, but it's what I know. Of course, you can use Google to compare the numbers to whatever is most interesting to you. Can you believe those numbers for Anime and Manga? Given all the fuss with China due to their economic rise and recent hosting of the Olympics, I am shocked that the numbers for "anime" are almost 5 times greater. Otaku rule the Internet, apparently.

To generalize, in my experience the love for Japan mainly comes from the increased awareness of "things Japanese" because of the country's economic boom in the 1980s. Many young people at that time, myself included, fell in love with the country's pop culture, technology (including videogames), women and extended that to the country's culture, food, language, and history.

What is your "why I love Japan" story?

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4 Responses to “Why Foreigners Love Japan”

  1. Ron Says:
    October 21st, 2008 at 7:38 am

    You make it seem as if an overwhelmingly large portion of the world aren’t Americanophiles…

  2. CradLeRcker Says:
    October 25th, 2008 at 8:32 am

    but they arnt….

  3. meow Says:
    August 9th, 2010 at 3:33 am

    because japan taught us many thing by there anime , i mean its kinda fun watching anime , if there were no anime than life would be hell its fun to know many thing about japan , its rock food , culture, fashion , anime , video game its aweasome

  4. Mr. Frost Says:
    December 18th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    They really arnt…

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