These places are frequently a mashup of various Japanese eras , maybe flavored with a little bit of China , and — in a nod to real history — are usually xenophobic. The background music will be stereotypical Asian instruments, if not a public domain tune. This can perhaps be attributed to the fact that most console RPG publishers are Japanese. However, such a place may not stand out so much if the setting includes other non-European Fantasy Counterpart Cultures. It also tends to be less jarring if the setting covers a large geographical area; for example if it spans an entire planet, a Fantasy Counterpart Culture of Japan or China is no less likely than one of a European culture. See also Jidai Geki and Far East.
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What are the best Chinese and Japanese fantasy books?
People around the world are bewitched by Japanese fantasy. From East, Southeast and South Asia to Europe east and west, the United States and Latin America, it is now mostly anime and manga that draw young people to the study of Japan and the Japanese language. Japanese culture is best understood when approaching it not with the head, but with the eyes, the nose, the tongue — and by osmosis, as it were, through the pores of the skin.
When I think back to my childhood and teenage years, when my literary tastes were being forged in the crucible of youthful emotion and impressionism, particular scenes come to life: Sam carrying Frodo up Mt. The Reaper chasing Wil Ohmsford through the Westland. Marle hugging Crono on top of Death Peak. And for some, all three of those works are of equal importance.