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Town Called “Obama” Celebrates Innauguration. Yay Progress!

January 22, 2009

Via Japan Probe :

Back in October, The New Yorker ran a piece on the Japapanese town of Obama (it means “little beach”) and their pre-innauguration celebrations and general enthusiasm for the president-elect.  It’s a typically charming and quirky article as it contrasts the earthy, working class people of  Obama with the more straight-laced folks in Fukui City, where higher-ups at the elite eyeglass company that produces Sarah Palin’s titanium rims are interviewed about their opinions on the US political scene and how they are coping with the surge in demand for their glasses.
The idea of a small village pulling for their name-sake seemed cute. Then I saw this picture from the hot spring there today:
Great. Just great….
Japan Probe gives the below information for anyone who might effect naivite (at best) in rural Japan:
If you want to let Obama Onsen know about how such a crude impersonation of Obama might be viewed by Americans, use this contact form. Ponta has kindly provided the following example of a complaint letter in Japanese:

お名前 (Name) :
メールアドレス (E-mail address):
確認用メールアドレス (E-mail address – again to confirm):

内容 (message):

オバマ温泉でオバマ大統領就任を祝って、顔を黒く塗った方がおられました。
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20090120-00000027-maip-soci.view-000

悪意のないことはわかりますが、これは、当の米国ではご本人にも、黒人の方にも極めて失礼なことと受け取られ、アメリカでこのようなことが起きたら全国から激しい非難が起きて政治的大問題になりかねないようなことなのです。

大統領に対する敬愛の気持はわかりますが、どうか、このようことは差し控えるようにお願いします。また、類似のことが起きないように小浜町ぐるみで周知徹底されることを望みます。このことがアメリカで報道されれば、不要な誤解をうけ国際問題にも発展しかねません。

日米友好のためにもよろしくお願いします。

Sheeeeesh.

Oh well, I’m still excited about おばま (Obama)!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. August 16, 2015 9:03 PM

    ムカン ココット IH ロン

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