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News from Japan - March 15, 2022

Japan's influence on the Star Wars universe

Japan's influence on the Star Wars universe

It would seem that the Star Wars universe would be, in some way, influenced by Japanese culture.

1 - George Lucas, director of Star Wars, is a big fan of his Japanese colleague, Akira Kurosawa. There are parallels between the two films: “Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope” and “The Hidden Fortress” (two commoners bicker and embark on an adventure with a young princess). Lucas also produced Kurosawa's 1980 film, Kagemusha, among others.

2 - There are also obvious links between the Jedi and the samurai. Both follow a code of honor, called bushido in Japanese. The Jedi, for example, cannot kill an unarmed opponent, they show courage, pity, honor, sincerity, as well as self-control. They are ready, like the samurai, to die of their own free will.

3 - The Jedi's weapon, the lightsaber, resembles a samurai's sword. In addition, the fights in Star Wars are inspired by a Japanese discipline: kendo (fencing). For example, the director says, for "Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones", "The fight between Annakin and Dooku is kendo."

4 - We notice that some names have a Japanese sound. Obi-Wan Kenobi, for example, is a collection of a few Japanese words, including “obi” (belt). Also, the name Yoda, from master Yoda, is common in Japan.


A wedding on a train

The Chichibu Railway company offers to organize weddings on a train

The Chichibu Railway company offers to organize weddings in a new way: on a train. /p>

Indeed, the company offers the wedding formula, SL Paleo Express, for train otaku or for couples looking for something new.

Chichibu offers two formulas, the most complete being at 439,625 yen (3,385 euros). By choosing it, the couple can take photos in front of the steam locomotive (dating from 1944), but also at Hirosegawara station.

The most interesting, with this formula, is the possibility of privatizing four wagons hosting the reception of the private wedding.


A secret place offering tranquility and a view of Tokyo

Luxe Lounge - The Place inside the Keio Plaza of Tokyo

In the Japanese capital, it is possible to escape this urban jungle and these crowded streets in a secretly hidden place.

On the top floor (34th floor) of the Keio Plaza hotel in Tokyo, a space is reserved for customers and allows them to rest in a hammock, with a splendid view of the capital, while sipping a Starbucks coffee (served at will ).

Named “Luxe Lounge - The Place”, this place promises pleasant seclusion and a sort of soothing retreat.

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