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AKIRA and Buddhist Philosophy

It hasn’t been easy finding time to write on a blog because of family medical issues. Fortunately mine have taken a turn for the better. Recently, in the middle of this process, I actually saw the groundbreaking anime film AKIRA … Continue reading

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Drama: Cutting Off One’s Hair In Japan

An Old Tradition One theme that arises in Japanese drama, be it film or anime, is a character dramatically cutting off her hair. This is signals some kind of dramatic, life-altering change.

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Making Viewers Suffer Before Good Endings

大した苦労だった One enduring feature of Japanese storytelling is that, if there is ever to be a good ending, protagonists must appropriately suffer before it, and so must the viewers. Some shows can get very hard to watch. And not all … Continue reading

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The Japanese Art of Storytelling

I’ve written my thoughts about this before, to a point, but one of my enduring reasons for liking Japanese culture is the deep tradition of high quality storytelling that I have discovered within it.

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Gundam 00 Movie Review, Spoilers Under Tags

Gundam 00 Movie: Awakening of the Trailblazer Spoilers Under Tags Below Non-spoiler review HERE. Now, the point of this review is not to spoil the plot. It is to write in detail about various things of interest to the Gundam … Continue reading

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Gundam 00 Movie, Non-Spoiler Review

No Spoilers Here Spoilers, under appropriate tags, will be included in a separate post. This post is spoiler-free so that I can link back to it for people who don’t want to know any of the plot.

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Japanese Cultural Principles: Gaman

Gaman (我慢、がまん) I saw this word being used as a cultural principle over at the Japan Times in an article about a modern production of the Tale of the Forty-Seven Ronin (known natively as the Chuushingura – “chuushin” (中心) means … Continue reading

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Japanese Culture: Duties, Roles and Parts to Play

Yakuwari (役割、やくわり) A yakuwari can be a duty, a role, or a part to play. The first kanji can be read as “of use,” which is a concept used in service (for if you are of use to the Emperor, … Continue reading

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Japanese Films: Seven Samurai

Shichinin no Samurai (Japanese: 七人の侍) Seven Samurai is known to students of movie-making for its introduction or popularization of a variety if filming techniques, particularly for the use of visual imagery to represent one aspect of the story without resorting … Continue reading

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Why We Watch Anime, Part One: Creativity

So Why Do People Watch Anime? This is a question posed to me by Andre Klein, the guy who owns the server this blog runs on and the man behind Learn Out Live. A German national, he has a family … Continue reading

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