September 22, 2018

ICF presents documentary ‘Multifaceted Japan”

On 22 September at 12.30 the Russian TV channel ‘Culture’ will present the film ‘Multifaceted Japan’. The script was written by Professor Panov, the former Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Japan and the Head of the Diplomacy Faculty of MGIMO.

The film shows various aspects of life in Japan and the Japanese – the culture and religion, the attitude to nature and work, the modern and traditional Japan.  

The screenwriter – Professor Panov, the former Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Japan and the Head of the Diplomacy Faculty of MGIMO; the director – Marina Kireeva, the Editor and the Head of the Content Production of Ostankino TV production company, the producer – Olga Monakhova, the Director of the International Chodiev Foundation.

The film was created with the support of the International Chodiev Foundation in 2018.

If you meet someone without giving them your business card, everyone is extremely surprised, but still smiles. It’s almost impossible to see an angry Japanese: if he does not smile, then he is reservedly courteous.

There are about 135 million Japanese people – almost as much as the Russians. How do they all fit on those islands? High-speed highways over several floors, skyscrapers and small apartments even for wealthy families. But all this is on the surface.

And what is inside? In the spring, the Japanese are ready to make a pilgrimage from the south to the north of the country, following the cherry blossom. Hanami is a celebration of admiration. Since Friday evening, the Japanese occupy places under the flowering trees to arrange a picnic. Worship of nature is the basis of Shinto – a unique religion belonging only to the Japanese. Gods-spirits (kami) have chosen the Japanese islands as the place of their habitat: they live in trees and stones. The First Emperor was also considered the grandson of the Sun Goddess. He is still called ‘The Heavenly Lord’, however after the Second World War, the Emperor was no longer considered a ‘living deity’. And here is a fisherman who came to a lake, bought a fishing license, caught five trout, asked them for forgiveness and let them go.

What factors shaped the Japanese character? Where does this tremendous diligence and endurance come from?

Where are the roots of the Japanese economic miracle and the technological breakthrough that the country made after the Second World War?

What is the life of a modern Japanese – what does he eat? How does he rest? What are his values? And what does he dream about?

Main protagonists of the film are both high-ranking officials and ordinary people – Hokkaido fishermen, Kyoto artisans, Tokyo office employees, the family of the former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama. The students are discussing in what direction Japan will develop in the future.


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