The Japanese ... well , I am not here to knock them . You could say they are insular . You could say they are not conversant with history and culture of other lands , to an extent . THey have a what I call patriotic disregard for correct foreign language usage . You could say they have aggressive corporate culture .
My son is a 'half' . He has never been discriminated against . Nor have I .
Finding doors closed to me , and a complete lack of interest up here in the north , I felt discouraged . One day a prominent flamenco guitar teacher came to see me ; I had asked him to do so . He was aloof , almost overtly disdainful . He played one of my blancas for 20 minutes and did not say anything . Then he pulled out his phone and called a dealer in Tokyo , told him he met a guitar maker who makes a genuine flamenco guitar . I had a similar experience with a classical teacher whose daughter is a virtuoso . She did not even want to try my guitar , but played it at my asking . She loved the guitar and they bought it , became friends . It can be discouraging , infuriating to a degree , but the Japanese admire and insist on perfection of craft .
Comparing what can be called social polite fiction ; In America the fiction is " We are equals " , and there is the idea of the Everyman , such that the President shakes hands with Joe the Plumber in jovial equality . In Japan it is " You are my superior " , with the background of Confucian order of society . In business this is also compounded by the inheritance of samurai history , such that in the competitive world of business , the strong are respected . In the guitar world , it means that the individual crastsman maker is at the bottom of the pecking order . Just the way it is .
One of my best friends was close friend of Sabicas , Mario Escudero , Carmen Amaya . I asked him , in all the decades living in Ottawa , you must have met somebody who knew something about the history of the guitar , of Andalusia ? No , I looked , but never , not one , he told me . By contrast , there are in Japan people who develop an intense interest and knowledge of such as Baden Powell , flamenco ,Paco de Lucia who loved Japan , Atahualpa Yupanqui , Tom Jobim .
Someone I was associated with , an amateur luthier in a seacoast town , wrote to me after the great quake and tsunami . On the hillside are old stones , engraved " Below this stone do not build your house " , " If the quake comes , seize your loved ones and run up . Only life is valuable " . His house was above the stones ; of the village below not a soul survived . His house was damaged in the quake and his guitars were ruined . His last words in the letter were " I am not going to give up " . The resilience and spirit of the people is something to be admired .