Asians are known to be smart and ingenious. Even in the United States, several positive stereotypes have been labeled towards Asians in terms of intellect and skills. Apart from that, our brand of entertainment has also influenced quite many foreigners as Korean Pop Stars have started making names for themselves in Hollywood.
Similarly, we Pinoys have taken extreme liking to these Korean stars and performers. With their superbly good looking male celebrities, and flawless female idols, there is no doubt our fanatic bones are tickled to the extreme.
No one can really pin point when exactly this Asian revolution in showbiz started. All we know is that since the introduction of Dao Ming Si and his posse, together with the strong headed San Chai, we’ve fallen in love with these Asian characters. And let’s not even get started at how even our celebrities in the Philippines go gaga over Korean stars.
But apart from Korean culture, another widely popular Asian influencer is Japan.
Our business with the Japanese goes way way before we Millennials were even born. Japan’s influence to our culture started during the second World War wherein we were under Japanese siege for some years.
But the World War has long been gone and the world has moved on. The country that used to keep us under our toes is now one of the neighboring Asian countries that keep us in a good mood with the several things they influence us with.
With Japanese Dramas, Manggas, and of course Animes, Japanese culture clearly plays a huge contribution among the early years of the generation we now call Millennials. In fact, even some Pinoy celebrities have shared their obsession to Japanese culture. Take for example Protégé Season 2 winner, Thea Tolentino.
In her Instagram feed and other social media platforms, Thea has been quite open of being an “otaku.” As a matter of fact, she has fallen in love with Japanese culture that she’s gone to the extent of learning their language, Nihongo.
She is also a big fan of Manggas and Animes like Full Metal Alchemist. In fact, she’s been seen a couple times to be cosplaying characters from the said Anime.
Another proof of her Japanese interest is her fondness of Japanese films. She even posted on Instagram with, “Watched ‘Namiya Zakkaten no Kiseki’ this afternoon. A must-watch movie. Hindi ko sinasabi ‘to dahil kay Yamada Ryosuke. Ang ganda ng kuwento, cinematography at ang gagaling pa ng mga artista! Nakakaiyak!”
Clearly, Thea Tolentino has more to offer than what we see on television.