I think the main reason I love to visit Japan is that the whole experience has teaches me a lot about people. Not Japanese people, not Dutch people or Americans or people from any other country. No, it teaches me about what makes us human. On what level do we understand each other without the ability to communicate through language. Rather, I refuse to believe that there’s anything special about being Japanese. It’s just an ideology. Nothing more, nothing less. It’s as special as being Dutch, or American. But what’s interesting to take note of is when our human self conflicts with our “cultural” ideological make-up. This struggle is a prominent theme in many Japanese dramas, literature and other artistic expressions; as if Japanese ideology negates human traits. Where does our ‘self’ stop, and ideology begin?


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