Saturday, February 2, 2013

The Sad Story of Minami Minegishi

What sort of fear would drive a young woman to shave her head as an act of contrition?

In any event, this young woman represents the conflict between the old and the modern, and it is not just a cultural aspect of being Japanese. Even here in America, rites of honor and contrition, shame and self-abuse are commonplace at many levels of our society, especially amongst young people who run afoul of whatever cultural standards they are supposed to remain on the good side of.

I will not post the actual video here; you'll have to go to the BBC and see it. I thought it was too sad to post, I really did. But the example of this woman is definitely worth noting.

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