Creative Japan


Boku no doraemon ga maki o arukeba
Minna Minnara furikaeru yo
(Hai dora dora Hai dora dora)

gazekiru otsumu wa sunsuru tendaiyo
dota dota anyo wa henhei sokudaiyo
(Hai yakkoura dokkoi sho no sho)

Dakedo doraemon ii otoko
Komattoki no dorada no mi
Danondayo Makasedayo
(Hai yassho makasho
pui kita sassa no doraemon)

I’m Doraemon –original soundtrack-


Do you know or just ever heard about this song?

Some people will answer yes, while most of them probably not. But, I certain everyone knows about its character, Doraemon.  Doraemon was the first animated Japanese movie that I’ve ever watched. I was about 4 years old when I first saw this blue-cat robot creature on TV.

Doraemon itself was first appeared in December 1969 and was first published simultaneously in six different magazines. Created by Fujiko F. Fujio, doraemon is a “robot” cat who travels back in time from 22nd century to the 21st century to help and guide a normal schoolboy named Nobita.

Throughout his life, Nobita has lots of misfortune. And he fails in most subjects at school and unfortunately, he does not have a good career and always have financial trouble. And this trouble is inherited to his children and great children and his whole family line, so Nobita’s great-great-grandson sends Doraemon to Nobita hoping that this robot will bring ‘luck’ to Nobita and alter his history.

Each Doraemon story covers moral lessons and as a child, I learn a lot about integrity, family, perseverance, team-work, dedication and diligence. All of the characteristics in Doraemon story have been created to be act generously by the creator to be memorable in the viewer’s brain.

Manga or Japanese comics are the most popular stories and the history of this uniquely Asian storytelling medium that’s now hugely popular with readers and publishers worldwide. Since we were a child, we have already known about some of manga and get into them without we realize it. And we started to know more about Japanese, their food, culture, and the most important is about their creativity and innovation in developing technology.

People in over the world have been focusing their attention on contemporary Japanese culture. Since the 1990s there has been a burst of creative energy in the fields of manga, anime, gaming, art, architecture, design, literature, food and fashion. This phenomenon of recent years, which is in sharply contrast to the former exotic images of Japan as the land of Mt. Fuji, Geisha and Kabuki, is stimulating the formation of a new image of Japanese culture.


Nowadays, it blossomed into a Japanese contemporary culture whose influence reverberates around the globe and which fascinates so many people, particularly from amongst the younger generation.

In the world of popular culture, there was a constant flow of enormously varied and striking images and works from a group of Japanese creative artists. This cultural activity developed a dynamic of its own which enveloped not only the creators but also the consumers, and now, even at this very moment, is being given more overseas exposure.

Behind the high-tech and moden Japanese, let us look more closely at the historical background that gave rise to the perception among young people of contemporary Japanese culture as “cool”. The truth is that subcultures have often arisen during the significant periods in Japanese history. As they matured, they went on to form a complex multi-layered culture. For instance, the tea ceremony became fashionable in the Azuchi- Momoyama period (1568-1600), while ukiyo-e prints were popular in the Edo period (1600-1867). These tangible and intangible cultural treasures were stored up as assets which, through being passed on to subsequent generations, have blossomed again in contemporary culture.

So what are the elements that constitute contemporary Japanese culture? Japan certainly absorbed culture from mainland Asia in ancient and mediaeval times. In modern times Japan absorbed culture from the West, and in the post World War II era particularly from the USA. But we can see that contemporary culture not only as absorbing elements from other cultures but also as interpreting them from a unique perspective, then re-shaping them into a new style and fusing them with something completely different. It is a culture in which the old and the new co-exist, one that appeals to the general population and that anyone can enjoy.

People was brought up surrounded by beautiful natural scenery and landscapes and from olden times have honed a sharp appreciation of beauty. Japan approach the creation of objects with a love for their beauty and, with a long tradition of diligence and dedication, go about the task of creation with an uncompromising stance: while striving for simplicity and the eradication of the superfluous, they do not neglect attention to the tiniest detail. At the root of this approach lies a spirit of harmony which is evident in our philosophy of co-existence with nature.

It could be said to be a magic in the real life, about the contemporary Japanese culture, which draws on a creative tradition with unbroken links to the past.  Japanese want to tell the other parts of the world to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of Japanese contemporary culture.


“Made in Japan” denotes precision, and leading-edge technology. Japan decided early on to invest in fostering such technology to combat global warming and is making headway in this challenging field.




Traditional Japanese architecture is characterized by wooden single-storey structures. Lacking a tradition of cave dwellings and stone walls, it was natural for the nation to develop this style. The traditional structure has not changed during recorded history, remaining intact after Buddhist architecture entered Japan from China and the Korean Peninsula in the mid-6th century. Even shrine architecture – widely regarded as having been stimulated by Buddhist architecture – retains the typical wooden single-storey structure



Japan’s product design has always closely mirrored current issues. An example is the nation’s increasing environmental awareness and ageing population, factors that have to be taken into consideration in any account of contemporary Japanese society. This broad social backdrop to the field of design has given rise to the paradigms of “universal design”, which seeks to make products as widely usable as possible, and “ecological design” incorporating environmental concerns. Japanese design is also characterized by whether products are kawaii (cute), emphasising their softness and gentleness.



Tokyo fashion is about young people. It’s about the young people strolling in the streets who decide what appeals to them, and this trend then spreads among their like-minded peers. This youth-driven phenomenon is similar to how Mods and Punks created their own fashion in the London of the ’60s and ’70s. The difference is that young Tokyo trend-setters are not people angry at society, like the Punks, or people who use a style of clothing as a means of protest. In Tokyo, the girls want what’s kawaii (cute), and both the boys and the girls want clothes that will make them the focus of others’ attention.



Japanese cuisine is based on the enjoyment of a richly varied table offering a nutritional balance through a range of seasonal offerings. In doing so it reflects the Japanese people’s discriminating approach to taste and ingredients and their readiness to explore the unfamiliar. While continuing to value their national cuisine, Japanese households also create local versions of foreign dishes: a homemaker will often prepare curry one day followed by pasta the next. The Japanese have an insatiable interest in food. Cookery experts and chefs will introduce recipes in the media, only to see suburban kitchens using them on the same day




-Rike Giri Cahyadi-


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