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Need help with Japan. Having lunch at swanky hotel in Tokyo. Pre-wedding party in front of me (wedding is tonight). Everyone is in western suites or dresses so, on the surface, this all looks Western. But watch for 2 minutes and the.. Japaneses-ness... of it all is apparent. So why did Japan take on the surface layer of the West? And how did it do that yet still avoid losing all its other layers underneath? cheap vintage wedding dresses

Which is another way of asking... what is Japan?