I love Japan but it does NOT always make sense.
Here is an example…Japan still feels sorry for Barry Bonds. Nobody feels sorry for Barry Bonds. But Japan does.
Outward appearance is EXTREMELY important in Japan.
My office manager once bought a complete ski outfit, boots, new skis and boots (more than $1000 total) and she had NEVER been skiing before. She wanted to at least look like she could ski.
Outward appearance is EXTREMELY import to the Japanese.
Bonds ALWAYS seems to be smiling…a Japanese sports reporter says.
There is no perception of him being arrogant. If only this Japanese could read English better.
Once, in a home run hitting contest, Bonds stepped behind Hideki Matsui to give him a massage and offer him encouragement. The Japanese still remember this.
Bonds hit a couple of monster homeruns on a Japan tour. The Japanese have not forgotten this either.
Outward appearance is very important in Japan.
When asked about what the Japanese think of his steroid use, there are two responses –
1. Japanese people haven’t thought enough about it to have an opinion.
2. He was probably just careless.
Bonds is a cheater. In Japanese that is inchiki…pronounced een chee key.
Japan canNOT always be right. If they stopped looking at outward appearance only they would discover that there is ugliness underneath sometimes.
What do you think?