Life experiences play a major role in the way that people view everyday activities and the world around them. The Japanese culture places an emphasis on respect and peace, but it also strongly encourages valuing nature. In the novel, The Samurai’s Garden, by Gail Tsukiyama, the gardens of Sachi and Matsu are similar in the way that they represent their gardener’s lives by exposing their creator’s personality through its ambience and past experiences through its design.
A culture, by definition, is a set of shared beliefs within a society; learning how to interact with people from different cultures is important in order to communicate and work with each other. It helps us become understanding of one another and widens our perspective of what the world has to offer. To be able to cross cultural communicate with others, the first step is to be aware that every culture is complex and has its differences.
In the novel, A Separate Peace by John Knowles, Gene is a teenage boy who attends the boarding school called Devon. Devon is a sanctuary for young men before in the midst of World War II. The boys’ lives are surrounded by influences of war and influences on each other. Gene lives with his roommate Phineas (Finny) who he spends the majority of his time with. Being surrounding by each other all the time, all the boys in Devon influence who each other are. Finny and Leper are the two of Gene’s friends who influence him the most.The juxtaposition of Finny and Leper characters symbolizes the contrasting aspects of Gene’s personality, ultimately critiquing the ideas surrounding young men in times of war.
The obligation a citizen feels to serve their country is a common sentiment. Despite this presumed duty resulting in countless deaths of men and women, many still make the brave decision to enlist themselves during a war. This can be attributed to how those who serve their country’s military are touted as courageous, selfless and heroic. Timothy Findley’s “War” follows the tragic story of a young boy named Neil growing up during World War II. Neil finds himself in a difficult situation upon learning that his father has enlisted himself in the army. Neil’s characterization which embodies an ordinary child, is expressed through his apparent naivety and innocence. Furthermore, “War” strongly displays three of Neil’s character traits which in turn,
The novel With the Old Breed by E.B. Sledge is an account that voice the story of training and two battles fought by Eugene Bondurant Sledge during his time as a private during World War II with Company K, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine regiment, and the 1st Marine Division. When reading this novel its helps you to fellow a common American soldier, going through boot camp, and through both of his battles. This firmly shows the sentiments, conditions, and horrors that took place in infantry division that was fought in the pacific. The novel discusses the mind boggling hardships and sentiments of misery that were felt by men during battles, and also shows the trust and friendships that were created between soldiers as they fought together. All through the novel Sledge wrestles with general fierceness of the war, and regularly thinks about whether its fundamental or if there is even a
The samurai from the early medieval time from Japan, and the knights from medieval Europe had a lot of similarities, and a lot of differences, which I’m going to be discussing. My essay will be talking about how the samurais are more prepared and can handle things under pressure. Some
The film continued to convey untrue information as the story progressed. Soon after Algren agreed to aid the Emperor in training the Imperial Army, he left for Japan. The second scene filmed in Japan was of Captain Nathan Algren meeting the Emperor (Source 2). The first notable inaccuracy in this scene was the age of the Imperial Lord. The actor appears to be eighteen or nineteen years old. However, during the Meji period, the Emperor of Japan was only fifteen years old (Source 5). The film went on to incorrectly portray the Emperor as he spoke directly to Nathan Algren after inviting him into his throne-room (Source 2). This was a completely false interpretation of the young Emperor as he was unable to speak English at all, yet, in the film, he addresses Captain Algren in English (Source 17). Furthermore, it was essential that an appointment was made in order to address the Emperor, yet, Algren is introduced to the Imperial Lord on the same day that he arrived in Japan (Source 12). Therefore the film introduced further contradictions of historical truths.
Clint Eastwood’s “Letters from Iwo Jima” is a Japanese-American war film based on the American invasion and subsequent Japanese defence on the island of Iwo Jima. The protagonists of the movie are General Tadamichi Kuribayashi played by Ken Watanabe, and the fictional character Saigo, played by Kazunari Ninomiya. The movie shows the Japanese perspective of the defence on the island of Iwo Jima, to prevent the Americans from achieving a launching point for an invasion of mainland Japan. It follows Kuribayashi struggle to command his troops and defend the island. Meanwhile, it follows Saigo’s struggle to survive the ensuing onslaught to return home to his wife and child. “Letters from Iwo Jima” is considered a historically accurate representation of the conflict in Iwo Jima. However, it misrepresents some facts that could affect our understanding on The Battle of Iwo Jima.
In this work, the author does a magnificent job of representing his culture which allows readers to gain new knowledge regarding a culture they were not exposed to before. When I read Bashō’s work, I became fascinated by the concept of impermanence and the Japanese culture’s focus on it. Today, many people are too focused on the past or the future instead of realizing that time will always go on and bring new experiences. Also, individuals should educate themselves when it comes to cultures that aren’t their own and literature has the power give readers that understanding. Bashō’s work of art will continue to offer a beautiful representation of the Japanese culture that enthralls readers
At the beginning of Shōgun: A historical fiction Novel of Japan. In chapter one John Blackthorne an English pilot, of the trading ship Erasmus a storm causes the ship to wash up on the shore of Japan. Blackthorne and his crew are received well in a Japanese house, unaware that they are about to execute. His involvement begins as soon as he reveals his dislike for a priest. Lord Omi and Lord Yabu see that Blackthorne may be the key to getting rid of the Jesuits.
Knowing how to interact with people of other cultures has become an increasingly important issue as international communication and travel becomes more common. With more interactions between cultures, cultural misunderstandings become more common. The satirical book Fear and Trembling by Amélie Nothomb attempts to address this issue, pointing out what people often do wrong. Fear and Trembling is a story which follows Amélie, a young Belgian woman who goes to work for a Japanese company and struggles to fit in, committing many cultural faux pas along the way. Nothomb uses contrasting sentence structure between Amélie 's thoughts and her dialogue and actions to demonstrate the way that Westerners often ignore other cultures despite knowing better because they view themselves as more important. Amélie displays this exact behavior when she jokes about Fubuki 's struggles despite understanding how serious they are and again later when she follows Fubuki into the bathroom even knowing the consequences of her actions.
When I was asked to write about an instance of intercultural communication in a movie, Arrival was not the first thing that came to mind. However, once I had thought about it, I could not get it out of my head, and I knew I had to write about it. The reason behind my determination was that though the parties involved in the conflict are unusual—humans versus extraterrestrial beings—, Arrival still addresses very important issues that could arise during any intercultural communication. This paper will look at the reasons behind this conflict, namely our fear of the unknown, and our tendency to rely on stereotypes and to reflect our negative traits onto the other side. While doing so, it will also briefly touch upon the communicational issues within the human community, caused by the different frameworks through which they look
In the film “Seven Samurai”, Akira Kurosawa the director portrays courage through the characters such as the samurais but and the peasants. The story is set in the Sengoku period, which meant that Japan was undergoing numerous civil wars, and bandits were raiding a starving small village where Kambei and the 6 other samurais decide to protect later on in the film. In this essay, I will discuss the ways in which Kurosawa shows courage firstly in Kambei and between the male and the female, secondly its link to Aristotle’s idea on courage, love (both romantically, and in the family), and thirdly its relevance in post war Japan.
Learning to appreciate the differences between the two cultures is important and helps to broaden the understanding of cultural differences. Western cultures are based on individualism rather than collectivism. In many Western societies, emphasis is placed on individual rights unlike Chinese culture, where the country, society or family are based above self.