Slice of Japanese Society
No, this isn’t a culinary post regarding the exploits of Japan in the kitchen – this is a question, a very simple question in fact. What DO you know about Japan?
Thousands of people that are learning Japanese today do so out of impulses given by anime and manga, modern Japanese society in short, full of Gundam pilots and screaming school girls with unnatural breathing capacities. Am I wrong?
A number of people I asked fit into the above given mold. They see some kind of avant-garde art and performance behind the modern Japanese TV-shows and disturbing commercials. They are in fact fascinated by decadence and squalor, blinded by the Tokyo neon lights.
If you see yourself in the group described above, then this isn’t for you. However, if you wish to learn, learn independently, then you’re more than welcome.
The Japanese society of today is in a deep crisis, the worst kind of crisis that a society can fall into – the crisis of identity. The problem lies in the absolute conformity to the Western ideals, trends and views, dispensing their own like the serial killer that dispenses with morality. Japan used to be different, used to be unique and less disturbing, but it was a long time ago – before the WWII that was waged by blindness, naïveté and hunger for power. Even then, the trend to follow the West is pain strikingly obvious: trying to implement all Western institutions in production, legislative system, railroad system and many others. Someone would say: “Hey, chill, it’s modernization.” That could be only said if it hadn’t been so soulless and complete. Even today, only in modification and alteration, we can see the shreds of the old Japan, now lying dead and buried. Like an old dog, kicked aside. The series of posts here will be the hammer of truth to all “modern” historians and Japanologists that refuse to search further, seek answers independently and with zeal. What is history after all? That is a tale that continues and is being told by us all, not a selected few.
For all of you that are peering into Japan’s spirit, the true value and splendor you can only find in history, tradition and religion, since they are all interlocked and inseparable. They are the milestone, the place from which the true search for Japan can start. This is an introduction, an overture, to the topics that lie on the horizon in front of us.