Japanese Culture In The Last Samurai

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For many years Japan isolated themselves from the world causing them to miss out on benefits of the Industrial Revolution. Once Japan realized how far behind they were in technology, they opened their gates to foreigners. This led the Boshin War, a civil war between the remaining Samurais and the rest of the country pushing for a more modern and foreign influenced country. The film the “The Last Samurai” does a wonderful job depicting Japanese culture during the Boshin War. It shows how Japanese manners, fighting methods, clothing, honor, and ultimately their entire way of life is different from those in the U.S.
The contrast between the American soldier, Captain Nathan Algren, and Japanese culture is apparent within the first 10 minutes of the film. While having a meeting with Japanese men, his attitude towards them is very rude and disrespectful, there clothes are much nicer, and their posture is perfect. The Japanese men immediately pick up on this and comment on it. Other signs of bad manners include Americans not understanding the cultural significance of bowing when greeting someone. The scene where Algren walks into the home where he is staying and does not take his shoes off is also very rude in Japan. The result is an awfully muddy floor.
In contrast there are actions that we would find rude in America that are not considered rude in Japan. In one scene in the film, Taka is bringing groceries into the home. Nathan attempts to help her and she states that “Japanese

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