Something I tell people here in Japan almost everyday is that Japan does not exist. They always laugh nervously—quietly. It’s gr-r-reat to hear that someone as illustrious as the artist, Momus, aka Nick Currie (Wikipedia) agrees with me.
Moscow is illegible
by MOMUS | 16th November 2012
…<big snip>… The first thing I did when I arrived in Moscow this time — straight from the airport, in fact — was deliver a performative lecture entitled ‘Japan: True and False’…
…The lecture was highly successful, in that I was able to improvise some interesting lies about Japan. The audience laughed, and I wedged some truths about Japan in between the untruths (the first lie was that ‘Japan does not exist‘*). But some Japanese people left halfway through, apparently exasperated by my falsehoods. Perhaps they were staff from the Embassy.
*Momus seems to be making an homage to Oscar Wilde's observation: …the whole of Japan is a pure invention. There is no such country, there are no such people.
(Read the full text and context of Oscar Wilde here.)
Previous 3Yen posts from the deliciously different mind of Momus include:
• Brown danger stalks Japanese schoolgirls (3Yen / 2012-05-30)
• ‘bongos beat, the violins stagger & slide, the sax quacks’
• Electric Crow Funk on Tokyo (3Yen / 2010-01-15)
• Naked Nun Nips of Nippon (3Yen / 2011-01-24)
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