Okay , quoting some of the best arguments over the news ,and fan blogs ,i'm gonna try and explain my point of view. Although it's gonna be as nonsense and weird as what she did to the world . I don't really expect people to understand her and her actions ,even most Japanese(including me) can't understand this incident. But we do respect what she believe to be the right thing , in her own nonsense way . most of us , specially in tumblr are nonsense to the world anyways .Or are we ?
Shaving your head is an act of apology (rarely seen btw) . I am just glad she didn't kill herself cause this ,actually , when a japanese feel that she somehow "ashamed" herself/family/whatever her believes was . This is something more common in here .I it happened a few times even to people closed to me ,and this was not nearly any news to the CNN world at all .
So in some countries people shot others , getting into school , theaters , explode bombs . . . this weirdness and nonsense happens anywhere , . s . a . d . l . y . enough and it's not connected to the nation believes , it's one person act . Connecting what she did with Japanese culture nowadays is a litlle bit misleading interpretation in my opinion.
Shaving head was a punishment in ancient china to make a criminal feels shame and because when a person do that to himself it's a sign of making a fresh start in life. Someone explained to me that's why all chinese monks shaved their heads. if this is true. honestly . idk . that being told, since most of our believes come from our ancient times , and in Japan a lot of things came from the Ancient China ,this just might make some sense over this believe . truly idk.
like i've said ,even most Japanese(including me) can't understand this incident . but what we can do is respect her nonsense action ,if one judge it as such . i am just happy to see her now , in this photo , with the support of the group members .
" My friends (especially female) are shocked by this and are in outrage about and seem to think Japan is under some kind of sexist regimental scheme. She broke a contractual agreement and is apologising for doing so publicly . I wish people would stop being like "Japan is fucked up" "Japan is weird" because of isolated incidents. Japan just might have a very rich and interesting culture if people looked properly. "
This contractual agreement that she did ,or so it seems ,it's part of the group image .
As a japanese i know a lot of fans that actually respect them for their believes ,even if such people don't actually follow the same believes . And it's not like we don't do things alike ourselves , we respect vegans ,but some of us aet meat . We respect people who devoted their lifes to help others , but we do not most of the time . We value the selfless act but instead , most of us are selfish ( human nature maybe ? )
try to think positively about most situations . . . ( i wish she had someone to tell her that ) before she shaved her f*ing head !
like everything and anything else in here today let's give some space and respect .
- Yoshi .
“you think it’s cool to hate things, but it’s not. It’s boring. Talk about what you love, and keep quiet about what you don’t.”
As a huge fan of AKB, I'm really happy to see this. My view may be biased because I already know this girl and have loved her for her determination and hard work for years, but seeing the articles all over the internet bashing AKB and Japan is heartbreaking. People don't understand the culture and are blowing this up more than it should have been. I have so much respect for her and while I wish she didn't have to feel so ashamed, I accept her decision and I'll continue to support her with all my heart. I wish people could be more understanding... Thank you for the support, jyoujo! <3
People just need to respect other cultures sure what may be strange to some is the norm in other cultures. and it was clear that this girl wasn't some radical, or whatsoever and shaved head with a logical reasoning ability.
Wow, well i respect her, if that is her way of appoligizing for what she had done, then let it be so, everybody is different into showing how their sorry, and these days a simple appoligy in words just isnt enough these days, for a lot of people. this girl knows how to get her appoligy across, and i repsect that.
great job in supporting her, she needs it, and deserves it.
The only thing I will comment about this whole thing is the fact that I hate how "outsiders" impose their view on something where they have no understanding and don't bother to research on.
First off, in Western countries, like America, a scandal like this will be big time publicity and NO ONE, not ONE person, will be apologizing, let along TRYING to redeem themselves.
Secondly, I agree with you - it could have been a lot worse.
And the last point, and this being my issue with idols and contracts in Japan - The agencies need to give their idols a break and let them have a bit of a life! >_ Signing a contract with a Japanese idol agency in their teens doesn't mean that it WILL decide EVERYTHING they do for the REST of their life (and sometimes the idols doesn't even sign the contract, they need a parent's consent for underage people).
Don't get me started on the tabloids and the paparazzi.... -_- they NEED a life instead of being stalkers to people who WANT to have a life....