Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
– Rob Siltanen
How do we want to live in the future? Big brother and 1984 – in Japan, collectivism is part of the national identity. For centuries, the island nation had to seal itself off and protect itself from invaders. Gaijin never become a complete part of this society. The trend toward nationalization is on the rise in Europe; in China, citizens are assessed and sanctioned for improper behavior, which is determined using digital techniques.
Kawaii – the aesthetic principle of innocence and childishness, offers young Japanese a way to live out their individualism and thus express a piece of personality. Takeshita dori is their Mecca.