自分探しの旅 [jibun sagashi no tabi]

November 7, 2007 at 6:40 am (general)

  

If you have watched the anime Honey and Clover, you would know where Takemoto sets out for somewhere on his bike in order to find himself.  Leaving everything behind, he starts his journey alone. I am not pretty sure this term is becoming common among young people because of him, but this anime is well-known in general so that even non-otaku people started to say, I suppose so.

 For example, when a student doesn’t know what to do about his future career, and gets tired of having some pointless interviews, he leaves for somewhere(mostly a faraway place)…or else, when a woman gets tired of her aimless days and cries out for her unknown future, she leaves for somewhere…like Takemoto does so. Yes, if you want to travel in order to find yourself, you can call your journey 自分探しの旅[jibun sagashi no tabi, “a journey of self-discovery”]. 自分[jibun] means yourself, 探し[sagashi] is a noun form of 探す[sagasu, find], and [tabi] means a journey.

 Having said that, the career advisor ridiculed this term including those who do this in front of all the students when I was a student at university. Cited her words, “Such a journey is really ridiculous. That is not to find yourself, but to escape. Don’t misunderstand, please.” However you feel about this, I shall leave it to you.  Well, whatever you do, wherever you are, everything is you…so I think if you want to find yourself, you wouldn’t even have to go further. You just do something you have never done before, otherwise it would make you find another yourself. But that is only one side of you. Just you didn’t realise it… OMG, that was my boring thoughts, never mind.

 I still remember Kimpachi-sensei 5(金八先生) where one of Kimpachi’s students leaves home and tries to go as further as he can. The student has not decided to pursue a higher education  or to work though the graduation comes soon. Not knowing what to do, he walks along the long river, and stays the night. While he stares at the fire he sets up to warm his body, he feels like going home somehow…Yes, he realises going further doesn’t work out, but he should think about his future after all. It leads to a midiocre conclusion, but I don’t think his one-day journey is a waste because he could find his own answer. No one else but him knows what he wants, so the action he takes should be important no matter how pointless it seems to be. 

 Same goes to Takemoto.  He doesn’t carry anything with him when he leaves. He is aiming for somewhere. Even though it seems to be reckless, he would find his answer because he keeps going.

 A while ago, I gave it a try for cosplay for the first time. Thanks to it, I could make friends with some cosplayers. And it sure could broad my world…Is this 自分探しの旅, too in a way? I didn’t mean to find myself, but I did just because I wanted to do. 

 When I was in Canada, I made friends with the very person who suggested me I should make this blog. If I hadn’t been to Canada, I wouldn’t have seen her. And it also means I wouldn’t have come up with this blog, and I daresay I wouldn’t have known you. I went to Canada because I wanted to go. I started this blog because I took up her suggestion.

 If a journey is one way to start something new in this way, I am not gonna say 自分探しの旅 is just a waste. 😀

6 Comments

  1. w said,

    I’ve always learned not to take the advice of people who dismiss journeys of self-discovery. Most of the time, people who dare to take one will end up learning much more than they would have at school.

    Personally, I really would go on one now if it wasn’t for certain problems at home…

  2. bi said,

    I see a 自分探しの旅 as a “last resort”, something to do when you can’t find your answers and get too frustrated to do your daily things properly (be it studying or working…). Sometimes, to understand things better, you just have to go far away from your daily life and routine, it helps you to think in a different perspective, to looks at things from another point of view.
    In this I agree with you in the fact that it doesn’t have to be an actual journey, but it can also be just something different from what you do everyday, something you’ve never done (like cosplaying was for you).
    Sometimes you can find your answers by broading your horizon (like you and this blog) or by knowing new things (like Takemoto did when he met the temple restorers) or by realizing what you’re doing is just escaping (like in Kimpachi-sensei).
    What I’m sure of is that it’s not a waste of time, not everyone of us has their mind clear about their goals in life, sometimes we just need new incentives.

  3. bangin said,

    w-dono: I had thought it over since the career advisor said that. Personally, I don’t think it’s a waste because doing something is more important than nothing. There is such a time for everybody, I mean, leaving everything behind and going further. If we want to do it, and if we can do it, we shall do it, I think it’s okay. No one else but you know what you want…

    So nobody can dismiss journeys of self-discovery. People do it because we want to do. 😀

    bi: Yes, when we need time to think about things, we can take it. Whether going further or going back, it’s up to each of us. I agree with you, not every one of us has a goal in life already. If we are not sure of it, we need a new spice. 😀

  4. Wabi Sabi said,

    Can I ask you to stay on topic and try writing posts with a mind of organizing the posts into manuscript form for book publication? I will look around for a publisher. I am sure I can market you and your manuscript in some way. And I want 15% of any money you make out of this.

    And do a post to solicit opinions of what readers would like to see in such a book. You may get some great responses and ideas.

    Wabi Sabi (The self-proclaimed business manager of this blog)

  5. w said,

    Aw come on, don’t stress him out… Personally I’m starting to think the book format’s sorta losing its meaning myself, but then again what do I know.

    I do think you’d have to be more focused when writing a book of terms/phenomena/whatever, but I think it’s not wise for everything in the blog to go to the book – personally I certainly don’t mind if you strayed into other topics in the least bit. Learning is learning. And said book, should it come into existence, could have more fleshed out descriptions and extra terms and such that aren’t covered in the blog, of course…

    Well that’s what I think, but I’m a lowly highschool kid and certainly not the manager of this blog or anything, so… yes.

  6. bangin said,

    Wabi Sabi: B-Book publication?! Well, I am glad you saying this blog is worth doing that…but how can I write a post as a manuscript form? I can’t write in such a fabulous form with my English…anyway, I will do a post to solicit opinions as you have told. It sounds interesting.

    w-dono: I am surprised a lot to hear someone saying this blog could be marketed. Never thought of that…well yes, in that case, I need to get much more terms including even non-anime terminology…

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