1/25/08

The Changing Blue Collar Areas of Japan ~Sanya, Tokyo's Foreigners and Young People~

Recent documentary on a changing Sanya Area of Tokyo.

Formerly known as a dangerous area filled with day laborers, the old Sanya is slowly dissappearing. In its place are westerners who are trying to save as much money possible in expensive Japan and young people who do not even know that the area is known as "Sanya".

I have heard other countries like the USA get very negative when they hear former blue collar areas (such as where Ford Plants used to be) are disappearing. For a country that is supposedly much less welcoming of immigrants, notice how little Japanese think of dissappearing areas such as Sanya. It is even taken as a positive thing. Perhaps there is a different interpretation of "change" among the cultures.

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Part 2

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

great documentary. I can't wait to see the next episode.
xoxo

oniazuma said...

thx for the comment!

Anonymous said...

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iamΩ said...

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Liz said...

Great documentary! I find it totally fascinating to see how areas can really dramatically change over time. ^_^

Anonymous said...

Really interesting, next time I go to Tokyo I want to stay in Sanya.

James said...

"I have heard other countries like the USA get very negative when they hear former blue collar areas (such as where Ford Plants used to be) are disappearing."

What? If you've ever been to Detroit, you understand that people disapprove of blue color areas that become abandoned. There are entire neighborhoods that have totally been neglected. The USA champions gentrification (some would say too much) and certainly has no problem with poor immigrants taking over neighborhoods...

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