>>22502>your stance is "they were trying to be racists and "othery" with the use of Japanese aesthetics but failed to be alien"?
They were trying to create something alien. They failed because their opinion that Japan/Asian = exotic is dated. Japanese/Asian culture is everywhere and no longer exotic. The designers did not fail intentionally but still failed.
In general, thinking of another culture as exotic/alien/weird is racist and othering. This is particularly bad for when members of that community live around you and face discrimination for being thought of as different. This was not intention by the designers but just their unconscious beliefs. The designers were not trying to be racist but their mindset is outdated and so they were racist.
Americans have a history of rounding up Japanese Americans and making them live in camps as they weren't considered true Americans. Chinese immigrants faced strong restrictions on immigration and Chinese women were banned from immigrating with their husbands as they were thought to be prostitutes.
Putting out the idea that Asian/Japanese culture is not the same as normal American culture is therefore racist because things like bonsai trees are part of Asian American culture and therefore American.