In "Japanese?", I want to discuss what is happening when a traveler takes a "picture of Japan". What is the "Japan" they represent?
Why can't the mundane by a worthwhile way of displaying a foreign country? Sushi, city lights, landmarks - these things essentialize Japan.
How does a traveler's 'Japan' contribute to a popular, constructed notion of "Japan"?
How does this affect the self-perception of a "Japanese person" with non-Japanese citizenship?
Such ideas extend to nationality in general.
"Japanese?" is a work-in-progress.