Japan, that mysterious international capitol of design, technology, sci-fi-fashion and modesty, doesn’t always get the most flattering shake out here in the cowboy West. Just look at the classic Vapors video, “Turning Japanese.” It’s enough to make Lost In Translation blush (and I gave Nicole Scherzinger hell for her bindi?!?). But that Grand Canyon of a cultural divide that’s inspired so much misguided mockery, has also spawned some of the sincerest flattery.
We’ve got a new video playlist called “Big In Japan” up over at MTV.com, just in time for cherry blossom season. Check out Japanese-inspired videos from Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Coldplay, Gorillaz and Gwen Stefani, as well as a handful from artists like Tokio Hotel, Tokyo Police Club and Japanese Motors. (Get it?) It’s the opposite of horbs.