The film also emphasises the idea of bushido by showing the ronin’s blind loyalty towards their lord. Loyalty was definitely a factor that propelled them to avenge their lord but the film seems to ignore other possible factors and exaggerates their loyalty. In reality, the ronin were unwilling to die a “futile death” without achieving something (The Ako Incident: 1701-1703), which was what propelled them to take revenge rather than committing junshi. Hence, their motive was not purely to avenge their master but to achieve something in the last moments of their lives. In our opinion, there were also other factors that pressurized them to avenge Lord Asano like, their dependence on him.
It would be near insanity to say Letters from Iwo Jima constitutes an everyday war movie. Clint Eastwood not only created a film that sympathizes with the Japanese, but also acknowledges the fact that both the Japanese and Americans were wrong. The Japanese assumed Americans were cowardly fools and the Americans had been taught the Japanese were mindless imperial machines. These stereotypes are quickly cast aside as viewers of this movie acquaint themselves with Saigo and his friends. However, although this movie effectively accomplishes its goals, it still contains many inaccuracies.
A samurai must do such actions to honor himself as a samurai and not let down his emperor. Even with limited understanding of the Japanese, other cultures can still respect the samurai and praise him. Knowing a little about a culture can give us a good idea about what the culture is and develop a favorable judgment. Another point that Midgley mentions is that if we are not able to judge any other culture, then we certa... ... middle of paper ... ...that norms to one culture were not always moral norms. Every culture has different norms that accidentally becomes a norm to that culture.
Shintoism before the 1930's was primarily a nativistic religion which stressed nature and harmony. But during the 1930's it became a ideological weapon teaching Japanese that they were a superior country that had a right to expand and that its government was divinely lead by a descendent of the sun god. The independence and decentralization of the military allowed it to act largely on its own will as characterized in the Manchurian incident in 1931 and the Marco Polo bridge explosion in Shanghai. Because these incidents went unpunished and the Japanese public rallied around them the military was able to push for greater
This is an example that shows the Japanese did participate in the war yet not wholeheartedly. They did not know the real meaning of war, nor did they comprehend it, they just went along with it. The Japanese government used police forces in order to keep anyone from speaking out about the war; this keeps the citizens optimistic about the war and helps their nationalistic pride. Japan, who was once a rising power in the world had its citizens proud to be Japanese. This national pride only led to their downfall because they could only see the positive side of the war.
His response, although late, was honorable. Timing is a crucial part of vengeance in this story though. Bijarni, the ruler of Hof, had a different role in society, but his honor was still of great importance. Bijarni’s honor was questioned by his servants, his wife, and others because they felt his reverence had been stained by Thorstein. His lack of action against Thorstein made him weak in the eyes of others.
Suicide is looked differently in a particular culture compared to how americans see it. The samurais see it as honor to them or their loved ones after dishonoring them. To them its not something to be feared but to be excepted, death in this form will bring back honor so that their families don't have to suffer in their lives. In America though suicide is seen as such a horrible thing. We don't understand why someone would take their life so soon, what would push them to decide to end their life?
In the novel, Ryuji who symbolized old and transitioning Japan gradually transforms to join Fusako in representing postwar Japan that valued western culture more than its own. Ryuji no longer portraying the glory that he and Japan could have achieved dies at the hands of Noboru and his gang. On the other hand, Mishima in his war to revive the traditions of Japan conducted a revolution and took his own life driven by the need of the heroic death that Ryuuji had dreamed of but had been denied. Mishima’s carefully staged death was his final defiant move against westernization as he voluntarily chose to die with honor rather than succumb more and more into Western influence in his war with himself.
The Meiji rulers of Japan decided that the internal aggression of Tokugawa rule had to end and with it begun to diminish the problems Japan had in its own land. Unlike its neighbour Korea in terms of natural resources ... ... middle of paper ... ...ing into Korea and creating a safe haven between Russia and the Japanese motherland. Another issue that motivated the Japanese insertion into Korea were the similarities between themselves and their counterparts. Language, culture, religion and national identity were almost identical to those in China so controlling Korea would not have as many logistical complexities. All of these facts point to Japan seeing itself as the regions ‘big brother’, encouraging Asianism.
Instead, Japan “actively fueled this originally French fascination, but also exercised its own fascination with the West” (Valk 385). The relationship between the West and Japan is perhaps not as dominating or parasitic as protestors imagined, as “European nations were not colonial powers in Japan, and Japan was aware of its influence over the European nations, which lead to the widespread trade in Japanese art” (Valk 385). The protestors also failed to take into account that the kimono used in the event was “commissioned by the national Japanese broadcasting company NHK…and then given to the Boston museum” and “it was originally a Japanese idea to organize kimono try-on sessions” (Valk 386). It seems that the protestors