Oh the things you will see
It kind of a slow day at home for me. There is a raging snowstorm and I’ll probably shovel off the stairs in a few hours, especially if it stops snowing! All morning a big snow storm is covering a good chunk of Maine. Not gonna grumble or complain, Growing up in Maine you get used to it.
And since it is March and the early months of the year, freelance writing isn’t exactly making a lot of money right now. Still looking but gotten tighten my belt for a little while first.
As for today. I’m taking some time and watching Youtube., I have several favorites like Strictly Dumplings, Marty’s Matchbox Makeovers, and The History Guy. But for right now I’m interested in these old Film Reels of old-time Japan. Much of these are from the post-war era in the 1960s but a few of them go even further back than that.
Granted many of these films do not give a complete picture. Much of these are told through an American narrator so there is a lot of feelings and mindsets of the day in it. Some even treat these people as aliens from outer space because its a “different culture and they are STRANGE” belief of much of the time and I don’t buy into that. But there is also looks that beneath the cultural divide they are just regular people like us.
Another thing to take away from these movies is looking at the scenery of the time. This really is a snapshot of the time in whatever part of Japan it is from. A Family in Kyoto, A busily street scene in Tokyo, wherever, it make4s a nice snapshot in time to see not only how people lived, but how they actually are.
In watching these, you also get views from different walks of life. A little school kid, a “Traditional” style wife living in the ways of the olden days, a TV newsperson, a Slarayman slaving away in a factory, they are all kinds of stories to tell and see how some of them live that life. A little movie magic is probably put in, but still, it is interesting to me.
These kinds of videos that you can find on Youtube are an interesting way to not only step back in time but also see a different place as well. It is different no matter how you frame it, and an interesting look of the people of the time along with the places. It is a neat thing to discover.
Now, before I go I want to point anyone reading this towards a special little pup who is part of the family of a friend of mine. I have not had the chance to meet her personally, but Bailey isn’t feeling too good and she needs some help. Poor Bailey could use the kindness of strangers so if you are reading this, I ask you to give her a little love and help her and Jen out. She has had a rough one so far so she could use the help. You can donate to her and her human Jen HERE.
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