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Hip-hop styled conference?

At first, please check this YouTube film. It is the press conference of Kazuhiro Kokubo, the professional snowboarding player and a Japan national snowboarder.

There are many critics against Kazuhiro Kokubo because of his defiant attitude. The Japan national team players was going to gather and get on board at the international airport for Vancouver Olympics. As you know, each Olympics association(or committee) in each country gives the uniform to the players. At the airport, they put their suits on and got on board. Kazuhiro Kokubo lowered his pants around his sidebone and put his shirt out. He said that it was his style and many professional snowboarders often did as well. I often see many high school students or junior high school students in Japan put their school uniforms on like him.

Many criticisms occurred against his fashion style. JOC, Japan Olympics Committee, ordered him not to attend the ceremony when the players entered the athlete’s domitories. More criticisms happened to him when he had a press conference after the ceremony. His bad and impolite attitude made many people in Japan angry and uncomfortable.

What do you think of his attitude? Many kinds of people live in many kinds of countries. There might be many meanings of “polite.” At least in Japan, his attitude, especially his tut while talking and pronouncing the end of sentense lazily, are treated as a bad thing. What he did looked very arrogant, defiant, impolite or so. Even worse, after he talked, he turned his face toward someone beside him and snickered without looking at someone asked him. That was also bad. “Your question was idiot and stupid.” his snickering probably sounded like that.

I don’t know what the professional snowboarding players’ style are, and I know the hip-hop fashion. Styles are styles. There are many differences between styles and attitudes. I haven’t ever seen interviews of snowboarding players. Maybe he was inspired by pronunciations, intonations and stresses in English. There are no such things in Japanese, except the young.

If you are interested in learning Japanese or you are already a Japanese learner, please don’t copy his talk. It is a bad model.

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  1. February 16, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Hi H.P. 🙂

    The video has been removed because of copyright violation. But I’ll still look him up.

    There is something known as decorum, and if what you said is correct, he does not have any. There are some in the hip-hop community that act defiant, arrogant, and rude. Does that describe all of them? No. You can be hip-hop or a snowboarder without being snotty and disrespectful.

    He was going as a member of a team, so therefore, dress as the other team members.

    Or maybe he’s just misunderstood. He’s “fighting” the strictest of Japanese society.

    Sometimes what I’ve read, heard, and watch, suggests to me that Japanese society can come off as being too strict, not laid back enough. Young people, middle aged, and whoever else are probably in a state of rebellion.

    • honeypotter
      February 18, 2010 at 1:51 pm

      Hi, girlgeum! How are you? 🙂

      You can see journals about his clothes on the Internet. Interestingly, media in other countries wrote “Why are Japanese media so angry with his style?.” I think most of Japanese were comfortable with his way to talk, not his clothes.

      As you say, he just misunderstood, I think.

      I got the news he won the 8th position in the final. Although he couldn’t get medals, I saw his performance. His smile on snow was so cute and friendly. I hope his smile could appear even on the press conference.

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