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Presentation of Shintoism in Mishima's "Sound of Waves".

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Sound of Waves Reflection There was quite an interesting proposition outlined within Jestyn?s context presentation discussing Shintoism. The presentation attempted to illustrate how Mishima captured the essence of nature and harmony in Sound of Waves. In the traditional Japanese lifestyle, Shinto?s believe that deities exist within certain aspects of nature, including specific trees, certain species of animals and waterfalls. I initially thought the nature and lack of modernization of the setting reflected village life. ...read more.


This belief is expressed throughout the novel extensively. The Shrine is located near flowers, trees and bushes, in order to increase the sense of spiritualism of the setting. Even the island of Uta-Jima itself is surrounded by natural features including mountains and the sea. Also, as a result of the presentation, it became easier to understand the prayers and religion of Shinji and Hatsue. Shinji often prays to Watasumi-no-Mikoto, who is actually the sea God. ...read more.


In addition, Hatsue promises Shinji that she will go to Yashiro Shrine, another beautifully-constructed place, in order to protect him from any harm he may encounter during his clash with Yasuo. Both Hatsue and Shinji are illustrated as innocent characters who are also polite, pure and harmonious because they respect the prescribed way of life and behaviour in Shintoism. Overall, I found the interactive oral presentation quite enlightening as it broadened my understanding of the role of religion in Japanese social life and culture. ...read more.

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