The Last Samurais
Isolation is a common trait in Japanese history and sociocultural heritage.
From the “Sakoku”, the isolationist foreign policy enacted between 1633 and 1853 under which relations and trade between Japan and other countries were severely limited and almost all foreigners were barred from entering Japan while Japanese people were kept from leaving the country, to the modern “Hikikomori", reclusive adolescents or adults who withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement, Japanese people have to deal on a daily basis with a loneliness so thorough that it reflects all around them.
If you visit japan your eyes will be caught at first by the tidiness of public parks, by the pristine look of the streets’ pavement, by the absolute lack of visible crime, by the punctuality of public transportation, by the orderly queues at the metro stations.
But can a society so flawlessly organized actually function?
Give it some time and you will start to see the other side of the Japanese people.
The inability to entertain personal relationships, the work related suicides, the devastating gambling addiction, the social media dependency are the blueprints of a deeper unease.
Are the heirs of the mighty samurais living up to their ancestors’ expectations or are they slowly walking towards their predestined end?