On Twitter, New York Times reporter Tabuchi Hiroko accused Momokuro Clovers, who are young Japanese singers of their imitating black people with black color makeups on their faces.
I told myself, "Again Tabuchi Hiroko!", who always creates smoke at a place where there is no fire, meaning she makes up a story to defame Japan intentionally.
She should know that many Japanese musicians adore black people who are gifted musicians. It is natural that they want to be like black people.
Look at the following YouTube video clip.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Qe4AZRkFYE
These Japanese girls really like American hip hop subculture, which has been created by black artists in the US. So they want to be like black people. They have their skin tanned, and they think they look nice in that way.
Japanese have been secluded by rough seas surrounding the Japanese archipelago for a few ten thousand years. Thus Japanese have evolved idiosyncratically in an isolated environment. That's part of the reason why many Japanese have problems in associating and communicating with non-Japanese people, in addition that they are not much aware of realities in overseas countries.
Modern Japanese are no exceptions. If they adore some people, irrespective of nationalities, they want to imitate the people whom they adore without taking repercussions into consideration.
The girls in the video clip are cute. They adore black people very much, so they want to get their skin seriously tanned.
I believe the singing girls of Momoiro Clovers regard highly of and even envy black artists who are gifted musicians.
I also like American black musicians a lot. Do I envy them? Yes, I really do.
I had a German friend in Munich. He was a trainer like me. Before he became the trainer, he was a fantastic pianist. He went to New York to learn Jazz and blues, and lived there for five years. After he realized that black musicians in New York had much better talent than he. He said to me, "I knew that I was not able to play the piano like they did. They were gifted with music talent, which I acquired at school. Those black artists didn't have teachers. Through enjoying playing the piano anyhow they liked, they became fantastic musicians. New York was not my place to live as a musician. Compared with them I was nothing. so I returned to Germany."
I agreed with him more than 100 percent because I also knew how black musicians were gifted. When I was around 18 years old, I was walking downtown Sasebo, which is my home town where there was a large US Navy base, so I saw many American sailors walking around in town. One day I went into a music instrument shop, where two black men and one white man came in. One black man was looking for a guitar, the other black man a harmonica and the white man a tambourine. The shop lady was not able to understand English, so I offered free translation to them. The three of them found their favorite instruments. They asked the shop lady for trying them out. In the beginning, she refused, but I wanted them play music, so I told her to allow them to try. She resignedly accepted.
Then, one of the black men started to tune the guitar. I was able to play the guitar so I knew how he was tuning it. When he just strummed down the open strings, it sounded E7. I was amazed with the tuning, which I never knew at that time.
The other black man found also an E7 harmonica. The white man had the tambourine in his hand. The white guy said, "Ah one, ah two, ah three!". They started to play blues. Oh boy, it was so much thrilling. I had never heard such wonderful blues music in my life then. The shop lady was also shocked and was so much excited with the music. Her hip was also moving to the music.
The combination of the harmonica and the guitar was, how should I say, was more than wonderful. I came across the true American blues which was improvised by the three American Navy sailors.
I became to adore the black musicians, and I knew that I had no talent that they had. I still remember some codes, which went A7, D7, A7, E7, A7, E7, A7, A7#, A7, A7#, A7.... When I went home, I took my guitar out, and tuned it to be E7, and I tried to play it the same way as the black sailor did, but I couldn't. I had to admit that the two black men were geniuses.
So I really understand why the girls of Momokuro Clovers wanted to imitate black people.