Rebirth in Kimi no Na wa

This is a Kimi no Na wa – Your Name theory explaining the role of Shintoism in connecting MC Mitsuha Miyamizu, Taki Tachibana, and the film’s ending.

小野小町の恋歌の一節。「思いつつ寝(ぬ)ればや人の見えつらむ 夢としりせばさめざらましを」

“Yume to Shiriseba V” – Ono-no-Komachi

I wonder if he appeared in my dream because I fell asleep thinking of him.

I think the message of Kimi no Na wa is the exploration of adolescence and the bonds we share– whether made organically with friends – or spiritually like Taki and Mitsuha.

I want to take a different route in this article though, and explore the Shinto significance of their bond.

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Madara, the Okuri-Inu| Natsume Yuujinchou | The Youkai of Anime

A new installment in the Sunday series – this week focusing on Madara from Natsume’s Book of Friends.

This series will explore yokai, their history, and prevalence in a series. Japan is a land where spirituality is prized over religion, and Shintoism is viewed more as tradition than a bind. The tradition of visiting temples on the New Year, adding yuzu fruit to baths during the Winter Solstice, Jizo statues and local shrines are so old that no one remembers its origin story.

See our previous post on Nyanko Sensei, the Maneki-Neko.

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