Saturday, July 18, 2009

A Side Of Japan Almost Never Seen

Japan: A Story of love and hate.

I came across this documentary and thought it was amazing. It is in 6 parts and each part is about 10 minutes- it is truly fascinating. I think a lot of people have a certain image of Japan but this will make you think twice. Just a warning...there is some swearing in it but if you can get past this I think you will enjoy it.













13 comments:

Lost Mitten said...

I've seen this documentary - they played it on CBC Newsworld a while back. It's awesome, I really enjoyed it!

kalai said...

Thanks for sharing that.. I really enjoyed watching it!

Cindy Khor said...

i'd seen this and totally pity the gal. sometimes i wonder why she would even stay back for him. i mean, the guy wasn't good looking or ambitious, but maybe love is really bling afterall

FromJapanWithLove said...

You are welcome!

Cindy...people in Japan sometimes are in/stay in relationships for different reasons than we do in Canada/America etc. I've been here to long because it seemed normal to me. And when the guy said it was the only job he could get...he would be right because in this crazy system...anyone that age would have a terrible terrible time getting a job. I have friends in their late 20's who are so afraid of trying to change jobs because they are "old" and won't get a new one/good one. My hubby lost his job and went looking for a new one and he had trouble and he was in his 30's (still is). Thankfully he didn't need to get a job as he works with me on our businesses.

Jennifer Rose said...

thank you for posting that, it was really interesting :)

Sandra said...

wow, i watched the whole documentary during my lunch break. really interesting.
I am glad that Hong Kong people are more western style, so I didn't have to adapt to a totally strange system. But there are still strange things happening here ;-)

Thanks for sharing.

FromJapanWithLove said...

Hi Jennifer and Sandra...you are welcome!

Sandra, when I went to Hong Kong I was surprised at some things...for example how the older women looked great...makeup, great clothes etc. In my town, some older women don't wear makeup because....they already have husbands (I just shook my head when I heard that)!

Alan328 said...

Thanks for posting this film. A very good one.

I am from Hong Kong. I grew up in the most densely populated district in HK. You can imagine, HK is one of the most densely populated city in the world, what kind of life would it be living in the most densely populated district in the most densely populated city.

Poor is not a problem, poor is a result.

One big different between HK people and Japanese is, most HK people are still have hope and thinking positively.

But the trend is, from my observation, the gap between rich and poor in HK is also getting wider and wider.

maoiliosa said...

that really was fascinating. thanks so much for sharing!

Emma said...

We watched this programmed when it aired on UK tv as part of a Japanese season. It's a fascinating documentary. I couldn't believe the tiny size of the room they live in. Also that he has to work so many hours yet he's still considered to have part-time job which was looked down upon.

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B. said...

Hi, I'm from Bulgaria (a small country in Eastern Europe).
This documentary have broaden my horizons..I love everything about Japan, like national traditions, Tokyo, films and etc. etc. but I've never realized how poor are the ordinary people there. Don't get me wrong, in our country the rich are rich and poor aren't as poor as the people in the documentary, but have lost their hope years ago...

ArtsyFartsy said...

very interesting... before I knew it I'd watched all the ones you posted - addicting to see such a different lifestyle than what we experience in the US. Thank you for sharing this!

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