Spirituality, Aesthetics, and Aware: Feeling Shinto in Miyazaki Hayao's My Neighbour Totoro

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dc.contributor.author Carbullido, Sherri
dc.date.accessioned 2013-12-03T21:32:58Z
dc.date.available 2013-12-03T21:32:58Z
dc.date.copyright 2013 en_US
dc.date.issued 2013-12-03
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/5061
dc.description.abstract The thesis will explore the idea of feeling Japanese spirituality of Shinto through a contemporary work of art, the animated film My Neighbour Totoro (1988). The idea of a felt spirituality revolves around Shinto’s notion of kami, divine entities whose existence becomes manifest through one’s feeling and perception to awe-inspiring things of the natural world and the aesthetic notion of aware, an immediate felt emotional response that coincides as the response/reaction when coming into contact with awe-inspiring things. This thesis conceives aware to be the meeting point in which the human and kami world converge, a Shinto concept known as shinjin-g itsu, or the meeting of the human spirit with kami. This thesis will uncover themes of Shinto spirituality through a close reading of the functionality of specific components of the film: music, setting, characters, character interactions, and symbolism. Themes such as nature, community, symbolism and the role of aesthetics within the film will be discussed to showcase the idea of a spiritual encounter. It is a spiritual encounter/meeting that is facilitated through the aesthetics and components of the film which elicits a response of aware from the viewer. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject aesthetics en_US
dc.subject animated film en_US
dc.subject Shinto en_US
dc.subject aware en_US
dc.subject spirituality en_US
dc.subject kami en_US
dc.title Spirituality, Aesthetics, and Aware: Feeling Shinto in Miyazaki Hayao's My Neighbour Totoro en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Noro, Hiroko
dc.contributor.supervisor Iles, Timothy
dc.degree.department Department of Pacific and Asian Studies en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.rights.temp Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0322 en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0332 en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0900 en_US

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