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Interpretation of the Forest of My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke based on “the laurel forest culture theory”

  • Journal of Japanese Culture
  • 2018, (76), pp.233-250
  • DOI : 10.21481/jbunka..76.201802.233
  • Publisher : The Japanese Culture Association Of Korea (Jcak)
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Received : January 5, 2018
  • Accepted : February 5, 2018
  • Published : February 28, 2018

Hayashiyama, Kaori 1

1대전과학기술대학

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ABSTRACT

In this study, I compared the description of the forest in Princess Mononoke and My Neighbor Totoro. The two works reflect the influence of “the laurel forest culture theory”. In the former work, the forest represents the harmony produced by the commensal history of coexistence of nature and humans; but the forest in the latter work is pictured, on the one hand, as existence to let one feel in awe of it and at the same time as being mysterious, while on the other hand as a person who is furious at human beings. In My Neighbor Totoro, the different worlds that Totoro lives in are linked to the terrestrial world through a forest. A human being worships the forest and consequently the composition in the forest emerges through sisters. However, the forest of the Forest Spirit in Princess Mononoke is depicted as a place of the opposition between the human and the supernatural being; and looking at nature and human contradictoriness through the human girl San, brought up by a Japanese wolf-god, became the relief. In addition, it allows you to reflect on nature, and the problem of having to live together as the very existence of the human being, through the boy Ashitaka, who decides to live in Tatara village and San, who decides to live in the forest. Through the consideration of the two works, it is confirmed that the outlook on nature of Miyazaki clarified contradictoriness with human beings and nature.

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