What are y'all's thoughts on glorifying/fetishizing other cultures? Can traveling to other countries and experiencing their culture be done in a way that's respectful and not reminiscent of globalization?
For a personal example, I'm not Asian but I've always loved aspects of Japanese culture, mostly traditional art and decor (and folklore). I spent half a decade studying the language which led to learning a lot about the culture, certainly beyond that of the manga/anime realm which is all some people know about (i.e. I swear I'm not just a weaboo!). And I would really love to visit Japan and go to some of the historic sites and see some pretty architecture.
But I also feel guilty about it, because I don't want to veer into the realm of cultural appropriation yet I have the desire to experience the "traditional" parts of Japanese culture, like tea ceremonies, that seem to be idealized and fetishized by a narrow view of what Japanese culture is/was.
Thoughts? Is it ever okay to admire certain aspects of another culture, even if it's perhaps from an idealized/fetishized view?