Video: Mr. Ando of the Forest

When it comes to surrealism, Japan has a head start. At its essence, Surrealism is the evocation of a higher (i.e. less bound by material reality), subconscious level on which different elements of reality interact poetically. This short animated video is a good example of this. It also reveals the various elements of Japanese humour, such as playfulness, mock seriousness, cynicism, and just plain stupidity. The video is also notable for its high degree of anthropomorphy, reflecting a culture that has been heavily influenced by Siberian animism and Chinese Buddhism.

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