Sometimes Japanese and Western web designs are VERY different
Many of the major websites have localized versions of their pages for different countries. Most of the time it’s just a plain translation of their “regular” website (for example Apple Japan, Yahoo Japan and MSN Japan, to name just a few), but sometimes localization is taken a BIG step further.
Exhibit A: Yahoo Geocities, the American version
Exhibit B: Yahoo Geocities, the Japanese version
A slightly different approach, wouldn’t you say?
This is kind of related to a post we made about the approach to web design used by Asian web hosting companies, where you can check out a number of interesting screenshots and observations.