Lost in Translation

I have spent the last two weeks seeing the media in the main areas of Tokyo. With the inbound, I can really feel that so many travelers are coming to Japan. One day when I was walking around Shibuya, I suddenly thought of a film called Lost in Translation.

Many of the scenes in the film were shot in Japanese business and public places. The production also used passers-by as extras in public places such as Shibuya Crossing. The scenes that seemed so like a dream at the time now seem very familiar.

Although Lost in Translation has been accused of Orientalist racial stereotyping in its depiction of Japan, its exploration of alienation somehow makes people feel the same way. Wandering around these places in Tokyo makes me feel strange and familiar at the same time.

But I certainly never get tired of exploring the city.

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