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Japan fever arrives at Kad Suan Kaew

Japan fever arrives at Kad Suan Kaew

Nopniwat Krailerg
Hundreds of teenagers gathered at the Pro Dot Com Court on the third floor of Kad Suan Kaew on Thursday for the J-Street CM Cover Super Live – Red/White Project. The event attracted teenage fans of Japanese and Korean culture from all over Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai teenage girls dress as Japanese singers and celebrities at the J-Street CM Cover Super Live – Red/White Project.

Many of the participants at J-Street dressed in costume as their favourite Japanese singers, celebrities, and cartoon characters. Also featured was dancing to Japanese and Korean pop songs and stalls selling Japanese and Korean pop culture merchandise.
Japanese and Korean trends have an enormous influence over Thai teenagers and thousands of shops across the country are dedicated to selling Japanese and Korean movies, music and comic books. Predictably, concerns have been raised regarding the effects of foreign cultures on Thai teenagers and the importance of keeping Thai culture and traditions intact.
A father of one of the participants who was present at the event said that he let his daughter take part in J-Street as she enjoyed this kind of activity. He regarded it as an opportunity for his daughter to meet new friends who shared similar ideas and interests. He went on to say that although his daughter was always well-behaved, previous to her interest in Japanese teenage trends she had always followed Thai fashions.

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