What is it about the Japanese that makes them so adept at mastering Americana? That’s a question that the Smithsonian Magazine takes on in a fascinating piece called “How Japan Copied American Culture and Made it Better.”
As described by the Smithsonian, there are literally Japanese buyers traveling backroads in the U.S., stopping in at old liquor stores and buying up old cases of whiskey from basements, then bringing it back to sell in Japan at huge markups. The Japanese are making impeccable suits and shirts of classic American styling. And the jazz clubs there are alive and well, unlike so many here in the U.S.