Japanese history

The cultural reason Power Rangers introduce themselves before battle

By |2020-07-30T14:13:07+09:00March 6th, 2020|Categories: Podcast|Tags: , , |

Why do Power Rangers, originally a Japanese kids TV content franchise, give a self-introduction every time they go into battle, and why do villains just patiently wait for them to finish? The Power Ranger series in Japan are the same deal. There is in fact an interesting historical/cultural background to their absurd behaviors - in the lives of Japanese samurais 400 to 800 years ago.

Why do Japanese companies stay in business for 500 years?

By |2020-06-20T17:27:20+09:00January 10th, 2020|Categories: Podcast|Tags: , , , |

More than half of companies that are 2 centuries old or above in the world are in Japan. There are around 40 Japanese companies that are 5 centuries old. The secret to longevity lies in its unique history, the business culture and the national culture of Japan.

The history of gender fluidity of the Japanese

By |2020-06-17T14:18:33+09:00December 29th, 2019|Categories: Japanese history, Japanese people, Japanese thought|Tags: , , , , , |

Japanese boy bands cast young boys with feminine facial features and hairless skin, and girls are crazy about them. Legendary Kabuki actors throughout its 400-year history are all known for pulling off the sexiest female roles, and grabbed the heart [...]

Heroes in Japanese tales are foreigners. Dragon Ball, history and ancient Japanese myths

By |2020-06-19T14:41:00+09:00December 27th, 2019|Categories: Podcast|Tags: , , , |

In many Japanese myths and manga and anime, heroes are foreigners who come from outside the community. This has to do with Japan's history of seeing innovation almost always being brought from overseas. We don't know the author's real intent, but Dragon Ball is a representative example of the Japanese cultural idea about heroes.

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