"Japan: high tech image, low tech reality"

Discussion in 'General Off-Topic Chat' started by Rydian, Jun 3, 2013.

  1. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvert™

    Feb 4, 2010
    United States
    Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
    Article here.

    The article is basically about how all the high-tech stuff like giant robots and computer toilets is in Tokyo, while the rest of the area uses pretty basic technology for most things.

    I would say it kind of reminds me of other countries that put on fronts, but then again with how prevalent technology is in a lot of anime it seems that many people enjoy the idea of it, even if a technology isn't available in their area they still know of it since it's a Japanese thing and incorporate it into their works that are focused on entertainment... so I wouldn't call it a front, simply that the technical stuff is more interesting and thus presented and discussed more (also pride).

    Anyways the article also goes into how the Japanese use cell phones as portable computers much more than other people do... when I was a teen I was all up in that RPG Maker and M.U.G.E.N. stuff, and a lot of the sites I visited for both of those really seemed formatted more to fit a cell phone than a PC screen.
  2. Dork

    Dork Newbie

    I'm still into MUGEN, I just love the hell out of that game.
  3. Gahars

    Gahars Bakayaro Banzai

    Aug 5, 2011
    United States
    New Jersey
    This isn't like my Japanese anime at all!

    Oh, comments sections. You never disappoint.
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  4. Narayan

    Narayan desu~

    Sep 29, 2010
    Actually, I thought they had those teenagers fighting teenagers, adults, demons, zombies and mahou shoujos.
  5. Hanafuda

    Hanafuda GBAtemp Addict

    Nov 21, 2005
    United States
    Despite what the author writes at the end, i.e.

    I lived in rural Japan 20 years ago and it was no different. The little house I lived in had a non-flush toilet (like an indoor porta-pot) and used a kerosene heater. The school building I taught in dated from the 50's and was decidedly lo-tech in every respect. Infrastructure was absolutely minimal (try no guardrails along the edge of a sheer cliff-face, or while driving alongside rice fields with a good 8-foot straight drop down from the road to the ground). But in the cities, everything seemed like living in the future. I spent one year in a small rural village, and one year living in downtown Hiroshima. It was like living in two different countries that just happened to speak the same language. I think the guy who wrote the article just hasn't seen enough, not just of Japan, but his own country back home. The whole world is like this to some degree.
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  6. Costello

    Costello Headmaster

    Oct 24, 2002
    Nice article, but I think it's wrong to state that only Tokyo benefits from the more advanced technology.
    I'm sure the massive other cities such as Nagoya/Kyoto/etc the life styles are much different.
    IMO what this means about Japan is that it wasn't developed uniformly throughout the country.
    And I'm pretty sure this can be said about a lot of countries (I could tell you the same story about China).
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  7. Sop

    Sop groovy dude lmao

    Nov 14, 2010
    The technology of vending machines in Japan is astounding.

    But I like Japan's regional towns.
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  8. RodrigoDavy

    RodrigoDavy GBAtemp Maniac

    Feb 9, 2011
    I wouldn't expect to find computer toilets or giant robots everywhere in Japan... Just like where I live it isn't a huge rain forest, where humans and monkeys dance samba and play football while we watch naked woman speaking spanish at the beach.

    Saying Japan has a low tech reality is exaggerating. Even european countries have some towns/villages just like Hanafuda described.

    My friend who lived for a year in a town 20 minutes from NYC complained about how the streets were poorly illuminated compared to brazilian cities, he even said "no wonder there are so many cases of rape in the USA".
  9. the_randomizer

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    Apr 29, 2011
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    I lived there for two years and loved it, the technology is crazy in the cities, but normal in the countryside. I lived in Hiroshima and eventually about thirty minutes outside Osaka and enjoyed every minute of it. Those vending machines were crazy! :lol:
  10. Sop

    Sop groovy dude lmao

    Nov 14, 2010
    I live in North QLD (AUS) and I can confirm, just as you would expect. That there is huge rainforest everywhere and drunk Aussies everywhere.
  11. kehkou

    kehkou does what Nintendon't

    Dec 19, 2009
    United States
    The Duke City
    Good read! Thanx Rydian!