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Interesting, odd, outrageous or informative quotes about Japan

Veronica Chambers – Quotes from Kickboxing Geishas

“The thing about Japan is that it’s a developed country and a developing country all in the same breath” Kickboxing Geishas pg 58

“When I arrive at [Canon], I feel certain I have stepped back in time to a 1960s film… I am greeted at the desk by young women in bright pink skirt suits… (think Renee Zellweger in Down with Love)… Forget about pouring tea, when you come to work dressed like Minnie Mouse, there’s no question as to whether or not you’re on the career track.” Kickboxing Geishas pg 69

“The Japanese woman shopping abroad is as universal an urban scene as the street corner vendor or the subway busker… But it wasn’t until I began to interview Japanese women that I realized they are shopping for more than retail goods…they are picking up samples of independance, which they pack away and bring back home.” Kickboxing Geishas pg 90

“In Japan, the men cannot rape the women because they do not have the energy” A Japanese Diet member in the 1980s, according to Kickboxing Geishas pg 110

“One woman in her early twenties said that before she adopted the yamamba look, she was constantly being hit upon…’Now,’ she said triumphantly,’nobody touches me'” Kickboxing Geishas pg 9

“While Sex and the City remained more an aspirational fantasy than a reality for American women, in Japan women across the country lead a life right out of the HBO sitcom” Kickboxing Geishas pg 11

“In the US we don’t really go for the old buying your wife an expensive gift to beg forgiveness anymore…But in Japan, neither public displays of affection nor private displays of affection are common, even among married couples. A Louis Vuitton bag is just so much easier.” A very plausible explanation to the Japanese brand obsession,from Kickboxing Geishas, pg 12

“In the US, love means never having to say you’re sorry; In Japan, love means never having to say ‘I love you.'” Kickboxing Geishas pg 13

“The Gion district [of Kyoto] is as famous for its geishas as New York’s Christopher Street is for its drag queens” Kickboxing Geishas pg 49

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