The Deception Within...Wednesday, January 28, 2009
The first time I heard about Rashomon was in my HUMALIT class. That time, to tell you honestly, I really did not get the point of the story. It was all confusing on who killed who. All I know is that we have to act out the characters and feel like we're really in that scenario wherein one of us will be the investigator, which will be the hardest role because you have to analyze what happened and guess who the killer was. I thought it was just another detective story, that's it. But I learned in that class, that this really deep story is the kind of style the people of Japan uses in writing. Little did I know that this story has more to it than just mysteries being revealed. It is significant to the politics of Japan.
In what I have observed, the characters tend to be biased and think only of themselves just to save them from the crime. They tend to cover up some part of the story which makes it harder to find out the truth. To quote a line in the summary of the story, "all men are selfish, and all men are looking out for themselves in the end." To relate it to Japan's politics, we all know that their politics is not as perfect as we think it is. Japan's politics still has its own flaws--that Japan tends to hide in order to protect their honor. Like the characters in the story, it is so hard for Japan to admit what they've done wrong. They do not apologize for what they have done, although they have a point to stand for their decisions and for their deeds. They will cover up the truth and let the people see only their sacrifices and what they have done right.
Another thing I have observed is that, there were times that the witnesses in the story tend to change his/her statement to make it better than the other so that the investigator will not think that the killer was him/her. We can compare it on how Japan often changes their prime minister and every time they change it, of course there will be changes on their ways in the government too. Then if something goes wrong, they will tend to blame each others' political party and beliefs rather than admitting their mistakes and taking the blame.
Aside from Japan's politics, I think other countries' politics also has this notion that one should be better than the other. There's this competition growing in maybe to pull each other down so that the other will not take the blame if anything bad happens. We experience it here also in the Philippines. Sometimes, it is not just happening in our politics but in our everyday life.
In conclusion, I think Japan should not be blamed for acting that way because Japan is headed by human beings like any other countries who also have their own controversies. Every man is selfish in their own ways in order to protect themselves or to gain more. Japan also has flaws and we cannot change that. But I admire Japan for that that even if they have their flaws and they tend to cover it up, it always or most of the time it works for them. Unlike here in the Philippines, even if we hide it so many times, it will still come out or if we hide it, there will be no solutions to that controversies. Therefore, I think Rashomon only shows that Japan's politics are not perfect because it has its own flaws too that we do not see because we only look at what they've done right, not the wrong ones.
**written for JAGOPOL
**written for JAGOPOL