Today is January 5.
It is the end of a long vacation for most Japanese.
And tomorrow is Monday….
And people feel gloomy… I think many do.
It is called Sazae-san Syndrome.
Sazae-san サザエさん is a long-lived TV anime program that starts at 6:30 on Sunday night.
You see how people feel at that time when thinking of Monday.
I used to feel gloomy, so I avoided watching Sazae san, lol.
I just recall a conversation in the parliament.
Prime Minister Abe was asked,
‘do you know how old the Sazae-san’s father is? The father’s name is Namihei’
‘ I believe Namihei-san is 54 years old’
They don’t discuss anime all the time, I believe, lol.
I think they were discussing the issue of declining birth rate.
So Sazae-san. Namihei, 54, has 3 kids and one grandson.
The manga, Sazae-san, started in 1946. I guess it is a typical family scene at the time.
Now many of 54-year-old’s are not even married. Also very few kids.
in the Anime….
Namihei is still 54 years old now with the same family members.
No thrill, no drama, no crisis.
The ideal TV program that people can watch with peace, and feel gloomy)
Everyone in Japan knows ‘Sazae-san’ but they may not look happy if you ask about it. Please understand it)
Thank you for reading!