I've had a fascination with Japanese culture ever since I did a project on Japan in primary school. Today's B-List post looks at a couple of things loosely falling under the category of being lost in Japan, which on the surface would seem difficult in a country with so many people. A. Hikikimori 1. Japan's Lost Generation: In a world filled with virtual reality, the country's youth can't deal with the real thing <http://www.time.com/time/asia/magazine/2000/0501/japan.essaymurakami.html> "Hikikomori has become a major issue in Japan. Loosely translated as 'social withdrawal', hikikomori refers to the state of anomie into which an increasing number of young Japanese seem to fall these days. Socially withdrawn kids typically lock themselves in their bedrooms and refuse to have any contact with the outside world" 2. Japan: The Missing Million <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/correspondent/2334893.stm> Web site for a BBC documentary I saw last year about the hikikomori condition. B. Lost In Translation <http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/LostinTranslation-1125647/> This film includes several interesting aspects of Japanese culture, and how a couple of outsiders try to come to terms with feeling isolated within that culture. Of this year's Academy Award nominees for "Best Picture" it's the only film I've seen, largely because it's the only one I'd consider spending A$13.50 to watch. But I might borrow Mystic River on DVD.
Wednesday, February 18, 2004
Posted by Bruno at 8:13am