Wednesday, February 18, 2009

米国のモーヲタはヲタ芸を知らないか? Do Morning Musume's American fans know wotagei?

Haruko Momoi @ AX Expo (July, 2008).

Hello! Wota has stated, from long time ago, that Americans are not wota. They are just fans, some of them real hardcore followers, but they unknown the steps and the calls to do wotagei in their beloved Idol's concerts. :P

When Haruko Momoi went to the AX Expo, my friend Osaka told me that several Japanese Momoists went with Haruko for teaching to the American fans how to cheer-up Haruko in her concert. Those Japanese Momoist distributed before the concert several English language translated Call Books that taught to the American fans how to do wotagei in Haruko's concert.

In fact, those Call Books were distributed also in Hawaii, a couple of months later, when Haruko Momoi was invited to the 14th Honolulu Festival:

At that time, Hello! Wota recognized the perseverance and hard work done by the Haruko Momoi's fans for the sake of the American wota culture. :P

However, that "American wota culture" faces a real deep problem: the promotion of wotagei outside Haruko Momoi's fan base. :P

With the public announcement of Morning Musume's concert in AX Expo, Japanese wota had started to wonder if the American fans will do wotagei in that concert. I just wonder too...

Do American fans know how to do wotagei? O_O

The English version of Wikipedia doesn't have any article about wotagei but it has an article for ouedan. What the hell? O_o

It seems that nobody in America, Canada, UK, Australia, India or any of those English speaking countries are interested in promoting the wotagei culture abroad. Why? Does wotagei looks ridiculous for those people? Do they hate Japanese otaku culture? Could they understand the real meaning of doing wotagei? O_O

On Internet, there are just few articles and entries in English language about wotagei, but numerous articles and entries about Japanese Idols that use the word "wota" in their contents. That seems that no one of those foreigner "wota" has noticed that the real wota do wotagei for cheer up their Idols in their concerts. :P

"Koi no Jubaku". Berryz Koubou. (Wotagei guide).

"Honto no Jibun". Buono! (Wotagei guide).

"Tokaikko Junjou". C-ute. (Wotagei guide).

To learn how to do those calls and steps is easy: you only need to practice with your favorite Idol's DVD concerts.

But between the American "wota" community, there is an absolutly indefference toward wotagei and its practice. Instead, Americans have look toward the Hello! Project Latin-American fan base just to mock or to be surprised. Let's check the next examples:

So, for those foreigner "wota", wotagei seems to be "ironic", "postmodern", "bizarre", "fun", "creepy", "delightful", "wonderful", "priceless"..., anything but not "normal". :P

In the other side, those English language speakers who had lived in Japan and experimented the real Idol-otaku culture have another point of view about the wotagei and other real wota matters:

Those experienced wota are the really last hope for spreading the real Idol-otaku culture into the English language community. If they fail in this communicational task, wotagei will never be a part of the world of the foreigner "wota". -__-

Worldwide, Latin-American, Asian and Japanese people are the only fans who keep doing wotagei in concerts, streets and public events. Americans haven't done wotagei until now.

The next Morning Musume's concert in the AX Expo could be the last chance for those American "wota" to show how they appreciate wotagei and how deep is their knowledge about the real Idol-otaku culture. :P


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Hello! Wota is written by Christian Hernandez. Licentiate in Latin American Literature and Master in Psychology by the Autonomous University of Mexico State. Graduate student from the Master of Asian and African Studies, speciality Japan, by El Colegio de México. Former scholarship holder from The Japan Fundation in Mexico and the Japan Student Services Organization. Check out my blog. Follow me in FaceBook or add me to your friends in mixi.