Tweet of the Week #150: Japanese Countryside Anime vs Reality

Are small towns and the countryside just as beautiful in real life as depicted in anime?

Bustling cities and epic futuristic scenery often come to mind when we think of Japanese animation. But some of the greatest anime takes place in the countryside (country(Inside)). These anime such as Tenchi Muyo, Gin no Saji (Silver Spoon) and Dagashi Kashi feature characters in the Japanese countryside, depicting their picturesque lives in small towns. After a few episodes, you’re ready to jump on a train (or more likely, a car) for a well-deserved pilgrimage tour to countryside anime’s real-life locations.

The real question is are anime’s countryside scenes always realistic? Twitter user Noshimoda thinks one particular anime is.

Super Cub is a light novel, manga and anime in Hokuto, Yamanashi Prefecture. The series follows Koguma, a lonely girl who decides she wants a motorized Honda Super Cub 50, an emblematic bike in Japan. To anime aficionados, Super Cub offers perhaps a more balanced view on life in rural Mukawa, and the series has been praised for its realistic storyline.

Countryside elements

For animeout(so)Coming countrysidebeautiful(Utsuku)Shisabranch(Sasa)Yeselement(element)

  • Dislike(no)NSinsect(insect)Not
  • roadside(Michibata)orSichuan(River)Asphalt or concretesolid(shoulder)Not struck
  • Train station(Denshaeki)Immediately afterMetropolis(Tokai)NSRow(stomach)Keru
  • The city is fashionable
  • adult(Adult)ArePersonality(Personality)
  • Youth(Wakamono)Butmany(Oh)ninelive(vinegar)I’m
  • Youthhobby(hobby)ButRunaway(Bosom)is not it
  • Sleep(Hey)Centipede is in the placedrop(Ori)Don’t come

“The elements that uphold the countryside’s beauty in anime:

  • No disgusting insects.
  • The roadsides and riverbanks are not covered with asphalt or concrete.
  • There is a train station that takes you right into the city.
  • The city is fancy.
  • Grown-ups are people of noble character.
  • There are many young people living here.
  • Young people’s hobby isn’t to run away.
  • Centipedes don’t fall on you when sleeping.”

Realistic elements

  • realplace(Chiho)ofDescribe(mosquito)The element of the Super Cub that wasYou see(fruit)Try
  • There are no unpleasant insects
  • road(road)Is asphalt
  • You can go to the city with a cub
  • The city has partsSell(Cormorant)I’m
  • AdultDear(Oh)Butson(child)ofDiscard(vinegar)Teru
  • Many young people live
  • main character(Shujinkou)Runaway
  • On the riverfriend(friend)Butfall(Oh)Chi

“Let’s take a look at Super Cub’s depiction of a realistic region.

  • There are no nasty bugs.
  • The roads are made of asphalt.
  • The city can be reached with a Cub.
  • The city sells parts.
  • Adult parents abandon their children.
  • Many young people live there.
  • The hero ran away.
  • Friends fall in the river.”

Bugs and clean air

  • BalancePick(When)For real countrysidegood(world)Where to goKou(a)Let’s go
  • There is a beetle
  • Mountain(Mountain)orOcean(sea)Is beautiful
  • Of the mountains and the seafortunate(Sachi)Buttasty(Delicious)stomach
  • air(Air)Is beautiful (Smell(To)YesUnplugged(NS)nine)
  • Pass road(Togemichi)ofgo(bridge)Iseasy(other)New
  • firefly(fire Fly)There is
  • There is also a stag beetle

“Let’s list some good things about the real countryside to balance it out.

  • There are beetles.
  • The mountains and the sea are beautiful.
  • Delicious food from the mountains and sea.
  • The air is clean (except for the smell).
  • Driving through mountain passes is fun.
  • There are fireflies.
  • There are stag beetles.

Japanese vocabulary related to the countryside

Learn to talk about the countryside in Japanese for your next road trip.

Japanese Romaji English
country(Inside) inaka Countryside
place(Chiho) chihou Country, region, province
village(Mura) mura Village
Mountain deep town yamabukai machi Town deep in the mountain
In the countrysidelead(fire)NSIncluded(child)nothing inaka ni hikkomu Retire oneself in the countryside
countrytwilight(ingredient)Rashi inaka gurashi Countrylife
countryEducate(Soda)blood inaka sodachi Brought up in the country.
countryperson(thing) inaka mono Countryfolk
Slow life surooraifu Slow life
Rural life(Denen Seikatsu) denen seikatsu Rural life
From the countrysideCity(year)What inaka kara toshi he From the countryside to the city.
From city to country toshi kara inaka he From the city to the countryside.

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