those wacky japanese

Really cool little read on neomarxisme, about the revival of popular cultures in Japan.

« …we have to recognize that there's no other sophisticated consumer market on Earth with less exposure to the original adopters than Japan. Not only did the Japanese not have a mass hippie movement in the 60s, they were spared all the residual hippies of the 70s. And accordingly, "the Sixties" as a cultural format is worshipped more in Japan than anywhere else in the world. »

—except for certain neighborhoods in Eugene, Oregon. But that is more of a great celebration of the post- post- hippie lifestyle. Second or third generation hippies busily creating something that bears little resemblance to anything the Japanese would recognize.