a number of #japanese books and games uses terms like O— city and H— university instead of real place names. Why is that? Is it a way to make it generic or is this a system used in #japan? Seeing that again on The Decagon House Murders https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Decagon_House_Murders
@Sandra thanks for the link. I agree with you. Same as using 20XX and such. I will continue digging for more ❤️
@caffo @Sandra Yeah, I don't know about the broader context. Thinking back on some of the older Japanese texts I've encountered (in translation) I seem to recall some similarly self-censored proper names, so maybe there's a chthonic tradition as well. If so, my guess would be that both the Western and Eastern practices derive from a similar source: court culture, and the proprieties that obtain around it.
@lrhodes @Sandra it’s seems like a widespread practice in the past https://ask.metafilter.com/72590/Why-censor-town-names
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