Turning Japanese

A renowned Japanese artist, Takashi Murakami, an American producer-director, McG, and an American actress, Kirsten Dunst, walk into . . . no, this is not a joke . . . “Akihabara Electric Town” to shoot a video of the old Vapors song, “Turning Japanese.”

Homage? Parody? Appropriation? Racism?

Sometimes you just need to stop asking questions and enjoy:

How did I miss this?

 

While My Samisen Gently Weeps?

I watched Kubo and the Two Strings over the weekend. Good movie, definitely recommended, but that’s not what I want to talk about.

I just don’t understand why Regina Spektor sings George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” over the end credits:

It’s a nice enough cover, but what does it have to do with a movie about a young, one-eyed boy in ancient Japan? Yes, Kubo was a street performer, but he played a samisen, not a guitar. And his tunes were not sad.

Could it really be as arbitrary as the song was written by a Beatle and the film stars a beetle?