Let me guess which country is on your bucket list: chances are it will be Japan. The Land of the Rising Sun lures tourists and nomads as one of the most unique destinations and captures the imagination with attractions from robot restaurants to snake cafes. And then there’s the country’s rich history and unique culture that you can’t possibly compete with. Think martial arts, calligraphy and origami, geishas and tea ceremonies, as well as popular culture with anime and video games.
This diverse Facebook page called “Japanese Stuff Without Context” offers a small glimpse into the unique view of the Land of the Rising Sun. According to the description, it shares “random stuff from Japan deliberately taken out of context to maximize craziness.” But let’s replace the word madness with pure awe.
With over 100,000 followers, the page is a perfect destination for random entertainment with a Japanese twist. Scroll down and upvote your favorite posts!
Bored Panda reached out to the creator behind the “Japanese Stuff Without Context” Facebook page, who was happy to share some insights into the project. “Five years ago I started this odious page, and it’s been a wild ride,” they said.
The creator explained his origin story: “One day while wasting my time on the internet, as people do, I came to realize that over several years I had been storing several gigs of random Weeb junk on my PC. ‘Wow,’ I thought to myself, “I can’t believe I kept all this stuff, and for what purpose? I’m definitely never going to flip through it again. But what a shame it would be to just delete all those silly memes and nonsense!” So I came up with the idea, little by little, to put everything online and share it with others all over the world! So I just did.”
According to the creator of ‘Japanese Stuff Without Context’, ‘cultural norms between western and eastern cultures in general are very different. Japan has a lot of soft power from their media influence, so Westerners can have a disproportionately higher exposure to it, and often without enough context to understand what’s going on or why.”
They continued: “So of course it seems bizarre from the outside to look in, but the reverse is also true. Although there is no shortage of things that are just objectively weird. This page takes advantage of that perspective by removing all context from images and videos so viewers can exclaim “lol wut.”
According to the page’s creator, many people seem to get a lot of their information about Japan from Japanese media, especially anime, “which doesn’t accurately represent the culture.” They explained: “In anime, the way people act and talk is often made radically different from what the Japanese actually do, often for dramatic or comedic effect. Real life isn’t cartoon, folks. But by all means, enjoy your shows.” , your games, maybe even a set of disposable 2D waifus, don’t confuse all those things with everyday society in Japan, it’s very different.
When asked what their audience is like, the page’s creator described them as “a bunch of lovely people getting together for a good ‘haha, funny picture’.” Laughter is a universal language, it brings people together.”
“However, the target audience is anyone who is not Japanese because otherwise they might get the context of my posts and we just can’t have that here. However, my interaction with the viewers is quite sparse. There’s an occasionally snazzy answer I could have, but that’s about it,” the author of “Japanese Stuff Without Context” told us.
The creator also said that after they run out of content, they’ll “probably leave the page and leave it as a sinking remnant among the meme detritus in the murky ocean that is the Internet.”
That said, they assured fans that “I’ve been stashing away years worth of weird stuff, so that’s not going to happen anytime soon. Unless I’m bored with it or something, or accidentally break some of Facebook’s vague and arbitrary or retroactively enforced rules and it gets removed, or I decide to become a reclusive monk with no access to electronics, or if civilization might falls apart, so we have to resort to archaic formats for memes like that of the famous Kilroy during WW1,’ concluded the author of ‘Japanese Stuff Without Context’.