Japanese philosophy

You’re lucky you weren’t born a samurai. But samurais are lovable.

By |2020-12-02T21:01:03+09:00May 17th, 2020|Categories: Japanese history, Podcast|Tags: , , , , , , |

Life was hard, and short, as a samurai. In battle, at home, at their work desk, death was always right around the corner, even after Japan had entered a long period of peace. But their stoicism is to be loved.

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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