Japan’s Soft Power is visible in Murcia

16 Jun
2013-02-19 11.35.57

DBZ’s Goku at a primary school in semi-rural Spain.

I never expected to see Dragon Ball Z so far from major cultural centers, but I have been shocked by its reach. People often talk about the power and the draw of American culture (mostly they mean Hollywood, American music, and American fashion), but it is nice to be reminded that there are other superpowers of soft power, too. Japan’s anime and manga industries are an excellent example of this. It is quite ironic that I am surprised by this, considering how much a preach about the wonders of the internet and it’s ability to spread information, but it serves as a good reminder  these things can be found in unexpected places.

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