09 August 2008


Judo, on TV in Japan. There is one Japanese wrestler from Japan (谷) and one from the US, who is of Japanese descent (松本). They both have Japanese names, but the US person of Japanese descent's name is rendered not in proper Japanese characters (松本), but in Katakana (マツモト), the phonetic alphabet for foreign words. I guess you get downgraded when you leave.