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Japan puts the 'rampant consumerism' back in Christmas with Pokemon decorations

9:10 AM on 11.26.2007 // Earnest Cavalli

Courtesy of Siliconera we bring you that picture above from (where else?) the Land of the Rising Sun.

Yes, it's funny that Pokémon are so famous, and Piplup is adorable, but I think the real point here is how utterly ironic this whole thing is. Japan, in creating these ornamentations, has inadvertently begun celebrating a God forced upon them in days of yore by Caucasians by deitizing a brand that has become simply godlike in terms of its following and units sold, which they themselves have been pushing to our side of the globe for a decade or so. In a way it's the ultimate expression of the triumph of capitalism over religion during the Christmas season, and an excellent example of the subtle Japanese manipulation of the world around them.

On the other hand, Piplup is really adorable.




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