Anime, A Glimpse of Japanese CulturePosted: April 12, 2007
Do you believe that when you watch a movie made from another country, the story somehow reflects the culure of the country from where it came from? Last lenten season, we had the priveledge to do a Japanese anime marathon. We started with Gokusen, a story about a girl who’s the next generation boss of a Yakuza family who wanted to be a teacher mre than anything else in the world. Then, we saw Cardcaptor Sakura, about a girl who released a set of magical cards guarded by Keroberos and Yue which was made by a powerful magician named Clow Reed. And last was Hunter X Hunter, about a group of friends who joined a group of people to become a “hunter”.
As my title says, I believe that anime is a glimpse of Japanese culture. Not all of it may be accurate as anime is in fact are fiction only. But I believe that fiction has a basis on which the story came from. Please correct me if I am wrong as I have not been in Japan myself nor I have met or had a conversation with a genuine Japanese but this are my observations.
In the three story we wached, All of them have the “habit” of saying good luck to a person they know whose about to go and do something important to that person. Kinda nice, don’t you think? They usually say, “Work Hard”, “You can Do it”, and “Keep up the Good Work”.
They are very corteous people, always saying thank you to anyone that made them even the slightest favor.
They love saying “Ohayou” which means Good Morning. 😀
And, I really like the way Japanese adapted the western culture. They bend the rules and made the western clothing as their own with the distinct style of Japan.
Oh well, these are just observations. I repeat, I have never been to Japan but I hope one day, I would. I want to experiene the Cherry blossom fall. I want to go and experience summer festival and the likes. And I want to eat Takuyaki! Yummy!
For now. Harigato! Sayonara!