I’ve heard that most couples argue about money and sex. Yoshi and I argue about whether or not the Japanese monarchy is an anachronism.
Last night we watched “The Queen,” whcih depicts the British royals as being stoic and hung up on protocol. “I’ll bet the Japanese royal family is exactly the same way,” I said.
“It’s tradition,” Yoshi huffed.
“Yeah, but what do they do? They don’t rule the country, they just go to ribbon cuttings and pick on Princess Masako.”
I find the culture argument very annoying. Sure, eating whale and having an emperor may be a part of the native culture, but the same can be said for cannibalism on some South Pacific islands. Polygamy is a part of many cultures, as is female circumcision. Does that make it okay?
And besides, China, Russia, France and Austria seem to be doing fine without their royals.
Then, of course, my husband said, “We have a long history.”
“Honey,” I replied, speaking on behalf of those aboard the Mayflower, “We had a king, too, and we decided we were better off without him. That’s why we went to America.”