Japan is renowned for its technology, video games, and anime. Have you ever thought about what American export has achieved the same level of popularity in Japan? Somebody asked recently “Anime is insanely Popular in America. What’s an American thing that’s as Popular in Japan?” here are the top 18 answers.
“At this point, Japan’s probably the number one baseball country.”
“Spent 3 weeks in Japan and went to a baseball game. I think their team was the Giants. Not even sure if it was Japan’s major league or minor league but the place was sold out and it was like being at a concert. The place was going wild. Definitely an experience you don’t get normally in America at a ball game.“
Putting Random English Words on Clothing
“My favorite sighting in Tokyo was a t-shirt saying, “I move to the correct music.”
“KFC is the biggest one but I’ve known Japanese people to obsess over other American fast food places as well. I know one dude from Japan who visits the US roughly twice a year, and the first order of business is always a visit to Taco Bell to catch up on the menu. It’s like a religious experience for him to try something new.”
“Cowboy Bebop (A popular Japanese Anime) introduced me to jazz. I’ve been obsessed with their soundtrack ever since.”
“They have peanut butter in Japan, you can find it in almost every grocery store. It’s just stupidly expensive. It’s like four to five times the markup there.”
King of The Hill
“There is a die-hard fanbase for King of the Hill, who also argue about dubs vs. subs.”
“Their 7/11 food is way better than most American frozen/packaged dinners.”
“Yeah, they like cartoons about lightheartedness and the possibility of a better world.”
“Was going to say this, the whole of October is Halloween over there.”
“The Japanese practically saved the industry during the 80s and 90s.”
50’s Style Greasers
Japanese greasers, known as “Kaminari-zoku,” emerged in the 1950s and 60s, influenced by American rock and roll and rebel culture, and can still be found today in pockets of Tokyo’s underground scene.
“Also Ronald McDonald is called Donald McDonald in Japan.”
“So much that other anime references it. Even Power from Chainsaw Man was inspired by Eric Cartman.”
“Columbo had novelizations of episodes and, I believe original stories, published there. Columbo-inspired characters have appeared in anime and manga (Lupin III had Bolonco in an episode).”
“Yup. When I was there and told people I was from Chicago, the number one thing they would say was ‘ooh Fall Out Boy!’”
“Physical media is still huge in Japan. Many Japanese people still buy CDs and DVDs/Blu-Rays. It’s why you often see artists release Japan-exclusive special edition versions of albums that have a few extra tracks.”
“I saw so many Pizza Huts there.”
“The old hair bands from the 80s until grunge were extremely popular in Japan, even well past their popularity in the States.”
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