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Modern and Traditional Japanese Culture: The Psychology of Buddhism, Power Rangers, Masked Rider, Manga, Anime and Shinto. 在日イギリス人男性による日本文化論.

Thursday, January 14, 2010


Merging and Morphing Toys

An quick video of some of the merging and morphing toys that are available in my local discount store. I believe them to be evidence of the continuance of Totemism in Japan and that perhaps, the merging may be motivated by the same desire as that which motivates people to create totem poles.

I believe that Shinto is a form of geographical totemism, such as practiced by the Aruda or Arunta of Australia, except that it has been modernised such that the totems in use are ideograms, such as found on tablets for the dead and good luck charms (omamori). For more shinto please see my shinto blog.

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