Highest Grossing Film in Japanese History

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Studio Ghibli’s film, Spirited Away, grossed 230 million when it was released in 2001, becoming the highest grossing film in Japanese history. With flawless animation and a proper lesson to be learned, it’s appeal is apparent to the audiences who view this film. However, interweaved within the story of a young 10 year old girl stuck in a supernatural world, lies evidence of Japanese traditions that Hayao Miyazaki wishes to make visible to the audience. This admirable film uses a fantasy plot and setting to cover-up the traditions hidden beneath the setting and actions of the film. Spirited Away may seem like a relaxed film to watch with the family, but director Miyazaki reveals Japanese traditions of Sento, Shinto, and the importance of deities throughout the setting and actions performed in the film. For most Western civilizations, the thought of removing your clothing and collectively bathing out in public is a strange notion. Sento is the art of the Japanese bathing. Sento was used for religious, healing, and restorative purposes in Japan’s early history (Lebovits). Before Western influence, most sento were plain and had no major decor. However. after Western civilization had more of an affect on Japanese society and culture, more artists began expressing themselves in the patterns of the new floors, commonly made of ceramic tile (Lebovits). Back in the early periods of Japan’s history, sento baths were used in the same way Christians and Catholics would baptize people, but instead, using a sento to cleanse yourself was a much longer process (Merry 18-19). As time went on, many bathhouses were made with extra floors to accommodate the number of people visiting the bathhouse. This also made extra room for people to relax after t... ... middle of paper ... ...e and to forget them is to deliver death upon an archaic culture. Works Cited Ebersole, Gary. "Shinto." Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices. Ed. Thomas Riggs. Vol. 1: Religions and Denominations. Detroit: Gale, 2006. 475-495.Student Resources in Context. Web. 18 Dec. 2013. Lebovitz, Stephen. "Sento: The Art of Japanese Bathing." Tokyo Families. Tokyo Families, 24 Oct. 2010. Web. 17 Dec. 2013. Lock, Margaret. "Japan." Japan. UCLA Social Sciences, 1998. Web. 16 Dec. 2013. Merry, Adam M., "More Than a Bath: An Examination of Japanese Bathing Culture" (2013).CMC Senior Theses. Paper 665.http://scholarship.claremont.edu/cmc_theses/665 "Shintoism." DISCovering Multicultural America: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans. Detroit: Gale, 2003. Student Resources in Context. Web. 9 Jan. 2014.

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