- 2 weeks ago
(✪⥎✪), this "Parallax View" music video ⊟
Wow, go watch this "Parallax View" music video from Sumire Uesaka — it might look like a standard Youtube embed on a Tumblr at first, but then it turns into a wild experience that mashes up Doom and Ghosts ‘n Goblins and Pokémon and Final Fantasy and — just watch it. If you recognize the song, by the way, it’s the ending theme from Hozuki no Reitetsu. Hat-tip to Prosthetic Knowledge for the GIF and link.SUPPORT TINY CARTRIDGE Join Club Tiny!
- it doesn’t work on mobile, you have to be on a computer
- Have your mouse ready, some parts are interactive!
- 2 weeks ago
After reposting that piece on Japanese internment camps in WWII, I wanted to say that if we’d like to foster a global environment where “good” will prevail over “evil,” it is critical that we acknowledge the sins/crimes/mistakes of everyone involved, most especially ourselves. Is it good that the Allies defeated the Axis? Yes it is. Is it a BLACK harmony in the symphony of human evil that Hitler studied American Indian reservations in his design of the Third Reich’s concentration and death camps? It most certainly is. We are right to vilify, fear, and study regimes like the Third Reich and their immeasurable crimes, but if we want to prevent nightmares like that from happening again, and we must, then please, please, may Christ, Allah, and Ares sit astride their ponies in Paradise laughing at us if we imagine for a second that the seeds for such evil aren’t in the ground, under our feet - right now - thirsty and genetically coded to wreak hell again and again, until the world is only soot and sewage and we are but memories in the minds of cockroaches that glow.
I will also add that what I’m writing here is how I do patriotism. I love the US and the people who live in it. I cannot be happier than when I walk down a street in an American city, from neighborhood to neighborhood, seeing ethnicities mixing and mingling and ameliorating and influencing and strengthening each other, in a beautiful living second verse to the Emma Lazarus poem which graces the tablet cradled in the left arm of our Statue of Liberty, which happens to be a gift from France.
The best way to pave the road for a new network of internment camps or death camps in your own country would be to look across the sea or across history’s gulf and imagine that’s the only place terrible things happen. The worst way to prepare, and the one I try to subscribe to, is to look in your own heart first, then your own family, your own neighborhood, and only then your government. You can often wholly ignore other governments.
To state it as explicitly as possible, if a people claim to not want internment camps on their soil, they should have their schools teach that there were internment camps on their soil quite recently and examine the behavior and beliefs that led to their widespread and methodical use.
I’m not nihilistic or even pessimistic, and a country of 314 million souls will, simply by existing, have problems that are correspondingly massive, but I urge you to choreograph a tongue ballet on my asshole if you don’t try to fix them when you see them.
Emphasis added. This is what kills me about Japan’s recent behavior concerning its crimes during World War II. Right-wingers are in such a rush to un-condemn their parents and grandparents, is it just filial piety run amok? Or have they truly convinced themselves that waging war against Japan’s Asian neighbors, as well as the United States, was justifiable?
The revisionists always talk about “patriotism” and “national pride” when they support revising textbooks and flag worship and all that crap. I believe, as Rob eloquently states above, that you have to talk about your own past mistakes if you want to keep them from being repeated.
I’m not fluent and I don’t sit through history class with my students, but I genuinely believe kids today are taught that war is horrible and Japan should never attack another nation again. Whether or not those lessons delve into the details of what Japan did during the 1930s and 40s I can’t say, but at the very least I can’t see these kids growing up eager to rewrite the Japanese Constitution to remove Article 9.
Well, that is, assuming the current government doesn’t edit it out first. :(Source: robdelaney
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Every Japanese person: ”Isn’t the food in America ridiculously large?” ::eats 50cm tall ice cream::
To all my friends still in Japan please print this picture and keep it in your wallet and the next time someone says something about American sizes show them this picture.
tell me where I get it firstSource: moreose
- 4 weeks ago
"We do not feel we lost,” said the official, visibly agitated. “So many people are fed up with the delusions and the hypocrisy of postwar Japan."
The above quote is actually referring to the recent Tokyo gubernatorial election (which the candidate did lose) but if you read it close enough, it almost sums up the way angry right-wingers think about World War II: they are still unconvinced Japan was in the wrong.
The candidate in question, Toshio Tamogami, managed to draw over six hundred thousand votes. In a snowstorm. He lost, and big, but that is still a lot of votes. Too many to dismiss as crazies, frankly.
As it turns out, Tamogami (in orange on the above graph) did really well with young people which is terrifying. I always hoped that Japan’s least admirable traits - racism and sexism - were closely tied to its influential elderly population who control all levels of the government. But if that many twenty- and thirty-somethings are willing to support a guy who thinks Japanese colonialism was just swell, I am a lot less optimistic about this country’s future.
The kicker for me was this quote from the Asahi Shimbun:
“The truth of history is unknown, but I can take pride if I see things the way Tamogami does,” said a 26-year-old man.
"The truth of history is unknown?!" Buddy, World War II was a long time ago but it wasn’t that long ago. There are plenty of people STILL ALIVE who can tell you all about what happened. How they were raped. How their family was murdered. Hell, one person can tell you about how they’re enshrined in Yasukuni as a spirit of the war dead even though they are not dead.
National pride does not justify historical revisionism. You can’t shrug your shoulders about well-documented global conflicts with living witnesses and say “well we can’t know what really happened, so I’ll believe what I want to feel better about myself.” Fuck your patriotism, fuck your pride.
World War II was awful and Japan did awful things to make that war happen. There are real discussions to be had about motivations and Western influence and those atomic bombs we dropped, but the bottom line is that the Japanese government and military were responsible for many atrocities. To pretend otherwise is an affront to the millions of dead and the billions who live with the war’s consequences.
- 1 month ago
Misato, who has been previously hired by her High School to rid their auditorium of pigeons, asserts that her falcon, Momotaro, will get the job done.
“The falcon is a divine punishment against crows. When their eyes meet the glare of the falcon, they will definitely not return” she says without a single doubt in her mind.
that quote omfg lmao
falconry is hardcore
Like… seriously, where do I sign up to learn falconry
Let’s reblog with the original source!
And for the record, this story is from 2012.Source: japanator.com