Digressions about "Princess Mononoke"

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Is Kaya a true heroine in "The Princess Mononoke"?

The hero of "The Princess-Mononoke" is Ashitaka, and the heroine is San. However, it is focused in the unexpectedness and is focused on the girl named Kaya of popularity. There is even a person who recites the following theories that Kaya is the only one true heroine in "The Princess-Mononoke".

Kaya is a girl who lives in the same village as Ashitaka. She had yearned for Ashitaka since before. Kaya and two girls were attacked by the taking the shape thing of uncertain true colors on a certain day. And, Ashitaka had helped them. However, Ashitaka receives the curse from his right arm from the taking the shape thing.

Then, Ashitaka will leave his village to solve the curse put by him. There was a law in the village that the person who has the curse is forbidden to be seen off. In spite of the law, Kaya saw him off. It was only Kaya to have seen him off in the villager. She was actually yearning for Ashitaka. When Ashitaka started on a journey, Kaya entrusted Ashitaka her valuable treasure.

Kaya appears only at the beginning of the story. But, feelings of love to her Ashitaka gave impression to a lot of spectators. Kaya gave the spectatorstronger impression than she appeared actually.

Kaya is a girl who is falling in love with the man. The girl of the type like her often appears to the works of Miyazaki Hayao. And, they are acquiring generally high support among the spectator.

San has the element as the heroine. However, San has never fallen in love with the man. And, San does not know even what one in her love is. It is not possible to do this year when she lives in the forest her. Even if San is courted from Ashitaka, she will reject the courting. Therefore, the sympathy of the spectator gathers to braver Kaya than San.

About the forest in Japan

The Japan Islands are located on the edge of the east of Eurasia. They are located for the south north within the range of 20 north and 45 north. Japan is an eminent forest nation also in the world. As for Japan, 67% of the country is covered in the forest. And, the recovery power is high in the forest in Japan. The forest recovers in tens of years even if the forest is destroyed with the scorch field. The soil of a so-called tropical rain woods is poorer than that of Japan. Therefore, when the tropical rain woods is destroyed once, surface earth there is exposed. And, when the forest in the sub frigid zone is destroyed, hundreds of years are needed for the recovery.

The forest is mostly lost in the region where the civilization develops to ancient times. A Greek civilization is said that it ruined at the same time as the forest's drying up. However, the recovery power is high in the forest in Japan. Therefore, it has not dried up though the forest resource is used.

The world of the population density of Japan is eminent. It is not an exaggeration to say that this a large amount of population will have been maintained by the forest where the recovery power is high.

The Japan's forest (mountainous district of Shirakami)

Japan's rice farming is active. Necessary water for rice farming assumes the forest zone to be a head of a river. Moreover, it is said that the Japanese has "Culture of the tree". The Japanese was obtaining many of production fortunes and consumer goods from the forest. And, a large amount of firewood was needed also for the steel manufacture industry, the salt manufacture industry, and the pottery industry. As for those firewood, all things reproduced in the forest can have been done. Cultivation in the scorch field has been done from ancient times in Japan. However, the forest has not gone to ruin by the scorch field.

The Japanese has been believing in the forest. The Shinto shrine and the temple are enclosed without fail by the forest. The forest was said, "Village shrine's forest" and was never deforested. Still more, the tree was an object of the belief. The Japanese was worshiping the tree with the history. It is said that feelings by which gratitude was expressed for abundant forest resources were put as for it.

The forest in Japan is largely different in east and west. A beechen forest occupies many to East Japan, a laurel forest occupies many to West Japan. A beechen forest was more abundant the age of hunting. Therefore, the east side prospered in Japan of the Stone Age. However, the productivity of the setting sun book rose when farming started by the setting sun book. Then, East Japan was conquered by power on the west side.

The forest of nature has dried up when the Middle Ages comes. Then, people planted the tree seedling in the mountain. A lot of trees with high commodity value such as Japan cedars and hinoki(a Japanese cypress) were planted. That is, the Japanese has artificially regenerated the forest. A true primeval woods hardly remains in Japan of the present age. The region with those primeval woods manages to be protected. By being specified for the special district.

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