Perhaps I want to tag artists as "Japanese" when I want to recommend a list of Japanese artists to someone else instead of looking through multiple lists of genres filled with people of other countries. I know that I'm always looking for good Chinese artists to listen to regardless of what genre of music they make. Nationality tags make it a lot easier if a friend of mine on another forum wants a list of Chinese singers or Japanese singers and I have a list already neatly compiled to link to them. That's why I use it.
@Entropy_ftw: what about folk, noise, jazz or ambient? Many talented artists get overlooked, same as any other country. People listen to and come to like what mass media show them... Just get curious, dig a little, don't be reluctant to try new stuff, and you'll eventually find something you like. Forget Oricon, cause Japanese music isn't only about anime, visual kei and idol pop.
"whom the majority of are dedicated to earning their next buck solely, rather than enjoying what they do."-----> Actually, that sounds exactly like what Japan does, namely AKB48 and their multiple sub-groups.
Japan is better than America cause they are a hell of a lot dedicated to what they do rather than Americans, whom the majority of are dedicated to earning their next buck solely, rather than enjoying what they do.
@ashdinosaur: very definitely my bad for misunderstanding fetishization, though the first link isn't entirely relevant given it's dealing with the typification and simplification of 'one culture for the consumption of another' - if you want to get into whether the japanese exaggerate their image for our benefit, and who is ultimately in the wrong for the enjoyment of the end-product, well that's iffy territory. good stuff though, cheers for the links.
@DaveyFabulous: It doesn't make you a "bad person" (very vague thing, morality) but it does make you a racist, and while I'm sure it's lovely on your end, it's making people's lives shit on the receiving end. Have some links: http://www.sfcmhistory.com/Spitzer/History_203/lectures/lec17_exoticism.htm
@ashdinosaur: Ha! Yes, very true. And loving every minute of it. I stopped worrying about fetishizing around about the same time I realised cute girls only talked to me because I was Irish. That probably makes me a bad person... but this music is wonderful.
see [url=http://www.last.fm/user/asian_and_more/journal]http://www.last.fm/user/asian_and_more/journal[/url] for chracteristic bands of self-titled Asian last.fm groups: Japanese + Korean bands are on top :-)