This short film has just about everything about Japanese culture in one cute story: “yuru-kyara” mascots, seemingly fragile yet quite strong old ladies, very funny inefficiences within an efficient society, conformity, earthquakes, elevator girls, technology, traditional bento shops, modern shopping malls, very helpful people (or at least they’re trying to be) working together to overcome difficulties.
A short, animated video explaining the difference between empathy and sympathy:
Taking a couple of days off. I’ll start posting again later in the week.
I’m sure this includes at least one metaphor about what’s going on in the world today. But anyway, it’s an enjoyable, suspenseful short film with a bit of a surprise at the end. And the title is perfect.
One raccoon was in the news last week, but here are two more: The first is an animated short story of a raccoon who finds a flashlight. The second is another real raccoon who doesn’t give up, teaching her child (called a “kit” in English) to climb. Now that Minnesota raccoon makes more sense; he or she probably had a good teacher, too.