One year ago yesterday a scandal hit the Japanese pop culture. For this Japanese story I decided to return to Japanese verse form. The first verse is a Tanka, which just tells the story, although traditionally the Tanka is unrhymed. The middle verse is a Senryu which is similar to a Haiku in construction but tends to be about human foibles. Then I used a variant of a cinquain to give a western perspective. The interesting aspect of this story for me is exploring the cultural contextualisation of the concept of ‘shame’.
Inner soul of guilt,
1st February 2013 – headline from the Independent
Notes: “Hair today, gone tomorrow: Japanese pop star Minami Minegishi shaves head after getting caught having sex”. A week ago Minami Minegishi was a silken-haired jewel in one of Japan’s pop music crowns, the all-girl group AKB48. Now, she has shaved her hair after issuing a tearful online mea culpa for disobeying one of the cardinal rules in Japan’s squeaky clean pop idol world. Her crime? She slept with her boyfriend.