Joanna Lumley, best known as Patsy Stone in the British sitcom ‘Absolutely Fabulous‘, has been travelling all over Japan in her new travelogue show for ITV, ‘Joanna Lumley’s Japan‘. It’s a great series to watch so far, not only because Japan will always be fascinating, but also because she’s wonderfully nice to everybody and yet doesn’t miss the cultural overtones of her experiences.
For example, she was welcomed in Japan by a seal mascot, and while she hugged and laughingly remarked “it’s ridiculous”, she also informs the viewers of the huge economic impact of mascot merchandise. “Being cute is big business here”, truth on so many levels.
But what’s really relevant here was when she went to a Kamen Joshi live concert and experienced wotas in action. The side-eye she gave to the camera is hilarious, and sums up what everybody else thinks of wotas and everything that comes with extreme fanaticism.
There might be something slightly strange about these men fanatically following a group of young girls. But maybe with so many single men, they get a sense of belonging and camaraderie that their day jobs and social lives don’t provide.
Or as Patsy would have put it: “These sad fucks are thirsting over young girls coz they have sad pathetic unfulfilling lives.”
That is J-pop and K-pop ultra fandom in a nutshell, if we’re being honest.
Not gonna lie though, if I was living in Japan or Korea, I would be there too. After a long day at work, who wouldn’t want to release stress by going on a pit and dancing the night away once in a while? Well, without the extra stuff though like MMA, attempted murder, harassment, or arson.
ME IN 20 YEARS