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Beckii: Schoolgirl Superstar at 14 @ BBC3

今日、BBC3ドキュメンタリー「Beckii: Schoolgirl Superstar at 14」を見た。この番組は、「可愛いにもほどがある」とのキャッチフレーズで、日本で人気のベッキー・クルーエルとその家族、そしてベッキーのように日本で人気を得たい女の子たちの姿を追ったもの。ベッキーことRebecca Flint(レベッカ・フリント)は、人口8万人程のイギリス王室属領 (Crown dependency)・マン島に住む15歳の少女。2009年3月頃から、アニメソングやJポップにあわせて踊る自身の姿を、自室で撮影した動画をYouTubeに投稿し、インターネットでその人気に火がついた。



I saw BBC3 documentary “Beckii: Schoolgirl Superstar at 14” today. This program tells the story of 14-year-old Rebecca Flint aka Beckii Cruel, now fifteen, an internet sensation in Japan. Beckii is a schoolgirl from the Isle of Man with only 80,000 habitant. Beckii became famous in Japan after uploading films of herself dancing with Anime song and J-pop on YouTube since 2009. This documentary follows Beckii and her family, and the other British teenage girls who hope to become famous in Japan.

This is another usual program portraying Japan as an eccentric country, though the documentary itself is serious and not makes fun of Japan. There is no cute and innocent low-teen idols such as Beckii, whose fan base is much older adult men. Her Japanese manager said “Lolita in Japan is normal,” but the comment was quite embarrassing. If a middle aged man enjoy watching a very young girl dancing on You Tube or have a collection of his favorite girl’s photography books, like many Japanese Otaku, people think that he is either pervert or paedophile (maybe the same in Japan as well). Also Beckii’s enthusiastic fans give peculiar presents to her such as a big box full of instant Japanese noodles and a base guitar with astronomical postage from Japan.

Beckii’s parents let their daughter do “what she wants”, though they know what kind of people who might like to watch a 14-year-old girl dancing in her bedroom. However, you can sense that they expect some share from their daughter’s success, through their comments and attitudes. Now her father tries to sell her daughter to one of the top producer in UK who took charge of Kylie and Spice girls, to achieve her success in the UK after Japan. Among all these greedy adults, Beckii seems to be the only one who understand the harsh reality – her success may not be long-lived, especially popularity in Japan where a Lolita icon is easily forgotten as she grows old, and studies hard for her GCSE.

The Times Style Magazineに掲載された、日本から「輸入された」ファッション。日本では皆、こんな格好をしてると思われないといいけれど。。。左より、ビジュアル系、芸者ゴス、スィート・ロリータ。

Japanese-inspired fashion (from the Times Style Magazine). Hope no one believes that everyone dresses like these in Japan…From left, Visual Kei, Geisha Goth, and Sweet Lolita.

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Long Awaited Oxford Street ‘X-crossing’ opened

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しかし、「homage to its Far Eastern inspiration(東洋から得た交差点のインスピレーションへのオマージュ)」とのコンセプトで企画された記念式典は、西洋人の考える典型的な「東洋」のイメージで、アジアの文化がごっちゃまぜ。2mもある大きな銅鑼(スイスのメーカー、パイステ社製)は日本というより中国、太鼓は日本、そして「東京」を意識した、アニメのへんてこな髪型と衣装に身を包んだ居心地悪そうなイギリス人たち。また、「変な」日本のイメージが増幅されそうだわ。

Long awaited Oxford Circus ‘X-crossing’ opened toay, and the celebration for its opening was held at the junction. London mayor Boris Johnson struck a huge cymbal and Japanese musicians played Taiko drums, surrounded by people dressed in Manga (Anime) characters costumes.

Oxford Circus junction is one of the most crowded part in London as located in a heart of the shopping district, where 200 million people visit every year. This £5m diagonal crossing, inspired by the Shibuya X-crossing in Tokyo. The four corners of the junction are used to blocked by barriers. There were a small ‘island’ in the middle the street to divide the crossing in half , therefore, you had to cross 2 signals in order to cross the street. To go to the opposite diagonal corner, you had to choose either passing 4 crossings or going underground with a risk of getting lost among many exits. The area was extremely crowded, and it was like a torture to cross the junction. It’s been over 6 months since the new plan of X-crossing revealed in April – now the junction looks more neat and much easier to cross the street.

By the way, what is all about the ceremony “homage to its Far Eastern inspiration”?? It is a typical image of Westerners about ‘Orientals,’ mixing up all the eastern Asian cultures together (sometimes even with southeast Asia, too, such as Thai etc). The huge 2m-high cymbal (made by Swiss company Paiste) is more like China than Japan, Japanese drums, and the British in peculiar costumes of Anime characters who looked very embarrassed – I am afraid the ceremony would amplify the image of ‘eccentric’ Japan…

Oxford Circus Crossing – before
Oxford Circus intersection before

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