Japan for young people 若い人 For 7 to 107 year-olds!
My Neighbor Totoro released in 1998.
Credit: Studio Ghibli
Harry Potter World, Universal Studios Japan
Sanrio Puroland, Tokyo
For 7 to 107 year-olds!
"This is a time of laughter and song
On the children's island every day in spring
This is the happy land of happy children
Nice monsters, yes it is a paradise. "
The Children's Island, Casimir
This is a French song that rocked the younger generations of France and Québec in the 1970s and 1980s, and it suits Japan. Japanese children are treated almost like royalty for a few carefree years, before becoming part of formal Japanese society.
Japan invites both young and old alike to use their imaginations, as in the wonderful world of Hayao Miyazaki, founder of Studio Ghibli and creator of Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away.
With the influence of American culture, Japanese society has become somewhat infantilized. The proliferation of theme parks illustrates this headlong rush to the delight of fans of kawaii (cute) culture and other crazes like Hello Kitty. 30-year-olds are often into games and comics, for it is a country where manga and anime isn't just for children. Japan offers many interesting experiences, leading to good-natured confusion for some, and perhaps disturbing sights for others.
Tokyo Disney Sea
A Pokemon store in Tokyo
Hello Kitty toys at Kiddyland in Tokyo