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Mono no Aware

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Why is Mono no Aware the best genre to come out of Japan?

Pic related and I suppose Mahou Tsukai no Yome are amazing and I can't really say why.
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Because it's the only one that other countries didn't seem to understand. At least not until that novelist took it to the world or something.
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>tfw realizing the transience of all things

Could Spirit Circle be considered Mono no Aware?
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>>135296417
It was something that wasn't understood by the name but the feeling is universal.
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>>135296708
I have never come across a western comic for instance, that has ever evoked the same feeling.
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Is there a huge overlap in MnA and Iyashikei?
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>>135296753

So Mono No Aware is just the Japanese term for awareness of impermanence?

Themes about impermanence are plentiful in Western literature.
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>>135296753
I think it's because of the influence of Buddhism. Westerners feel horror at the thought of their demise whereas Japanese are accepting of it.

>>135296791
Definitely
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>>135297021
There's an emotional coloring of it that's not really present in Western Literature. In western literature it usually comes with a feeling of dread.
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>>135297127
I agree. Mono no aware can be a lot about monotonous life, but the beauty of it. Stories about nothing, without being about nothing.
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>>135297127

Read about Lacrimae rerum, Memento mori, Ubi sunt, Sehnsucht, Saudade

All of them are western literature terms that touch on similar themes of death. They include a wide range of emotions, the acceptance of death, letting go of regrets, ect

>>135297174

So Seinfeld?
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mono no ahare means tragedic, beautiful, lavable and something sober which teaches us season and time pass, i think
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>>135296291

YKK English release when?
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>>135296291
I don't think you would call it a genre.

From what I can tell
>>135297855
is right, the Anglo has some ideas that are close to it thanks to other Western cultures. I mean, we obviously dont have the exact idea or we wouldnt say mono no aware, we would say the native English word for that concept.

I would say though that it shines in Japan because the Japanese seem to embrace it so powerfully. It isnt just one thing among many, it prevalent throughout their culture. In the same way puritan ideas of death (which is the closest thing besides nostalgia we have) are prevalent in the US, mono no aware is prevalent in Japan.
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>>135296291
Yeah it's really not a genre.
From another perspective, most east Asian countries have similar expressions for the term. But universially I think it heavily appeal to the sense of nostalgia. The abscene of of those old feeling, the sense of comfort that was long lost in their youth. I dont know how to explain it to those who never grew up in east Asia but this video might do. https://youtu.be/A55EA_oo_Jg
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>>135302551
I fucking cried watching that... this was its only best movie desu
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Western literature has plenty of that. Just don't think there's a specific word for it.
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