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12th May '17 1:51:19 PM KingLyger
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* Examined and defied in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}''. As a game that takes a harsh look at Japanese society, the game criticizes the mindset as not showing forbearance, but letting horrible people get away with horrible things if you choose to look the other way. [[spoiler:This is exemplified by the entire city of Tokyo representing the sin of Sloth. Even after they take down CorruptCorporateExecutive Masayoshi Shido, the Phantom Thieves are shocked to see people are still going to vote for him, because the people of Tokyo would rather be told what to do than think for themselves.]]
26th Apr '17 3:15:27 PM Gamermaster
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* The concept of gaman is central to the musical [Allegiance] starring Creator/GeorgeTakei and loosely based on his own experiences in an internment camp during world War ii. The Japanese inmates initially turn to gaman to help them survive the camps, but the concept is also deconstructed as some younger inmates try to take whatever agency and power they can get and even rebel against the camps guards.

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* The concept of gaman is central to the musical [Allegiance] ''Theatre/{{Allegiance}}'' starring Creator/GeorgeTakei and loosely based on his own experiences in an internment camp during world War ii. The Japanese inmates initially turn to gaman to help them survive the camps, but the concept is also deconstructed as some younger inmates try to take whatever agency and power they can get and even rebel against the camps guards.
20th Jan '17 11:38:37 AM Miracle@StOlaf
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* The original ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' has Barry say this verbatim while Jill is lamenting the sudden disappearance of their captain, Wesker. The fact that the situation theoretically ''can'' be helped makes it a picture-perfect example of the "gaman" attitude; he's not saying there's nothing they can do, he's just telling Jill not to fret about it.
25th Oct '16 8:14:41 PM nombretomado
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* The concept of gaman is central to the musical [Allegiance] starring GeorgeTakei and loosely based on his own experiences in an internment camp during world War ii. The Japanese inmates initially turn to gaman to help them survive the camps, but the concept is also deconstructed as some younger inmates try to take whatever agency and power they can get and even rebel against the camps guards.

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* The concept of gaman is central to the musical [Allegiance] starring GeorgeTakei Creator/GeorgeTakei and loosely based on his own experiences in an internment camp during world War ii. The Japanese inmates initially turn to gaman to help them survive the camps, but the concept is also deconstructed as some younger inmates try to take whatever agency and power they can get and even rebel against the camps guards.
30th Sep '16 4:13:08 PM DavidDelony
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One attribute highly prized in Japanese society is that of "gaman", or "endurance". Gaman is the quality of enduring what seems unbearable with dignity and grace. The idea basically that is that if there's something unpleasant around you, [[TheStoic it's better to tough it out in an act of self-sacrifice rather than act immediately to change it]]. It's similar to Calvin's Dad's belief in the comic strip ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' that suffering builds character.

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One attribute highly prized in Japanese society is that of "gaman", or "endurance". Gaman is the quality of enduring what seems unbearable with dignity and grace. The idea basically that is that if there's something unpleasant around you, [[TheStoic it's better to tough it out in an act of self-sacrifice rather than act immediately to change it]]. It's similar to Calvin's Dad's belief in the comic strip ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' that suffering builds character.
MiseryBuildsCharacter.
30th Aug '16 1:21:36 PM Morgenthaler
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* A phrase often quoted by Western reporters who visited the afflicted area after the Touhoku Earthquake of 2011. Along with ''gaman'', it was used to describe the lives of the disaster victims after the earthquake and tsunami, mostly on how they coped with the grief, the anxiety, freezing weather, and uncomfortable living circumstances. Was picked up on particularly because of the stark difference of how the victims reacted to the disaster compared to the more unfortunate victims of Haiti and Hurricane Katrina.

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* A phrase often quoted by Western reporters who visited the afflicted area after the Touhoku Earthquake of 2011. Along with ''gaman'', it was used to describe the lives of the disaster victims after the earthquake and tsunami, mostly on how they coped with the grief, the anxiety, freezing weather, and uncomfortable living circumstances. Was picked up on particularly because of the stark difference of how the victims reacted to the disaster compared to the more unfortunate victims of Haiti and Hurricane Katrina.


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30th Aug '16 1:00:37 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Creator/HarryTurtledove'' has several characters - including non-Japanese - using the phrase in his ''{{Worldwar}}'' series.

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* ''Creator/HarryTurtledove'' has several characters - including non-Japanese - using the phrase in his ''{{Worldwar}}'' ''Literature/{{Worldwar}}'' series.
21st Aug '16 12:18:00 AM MsChibi
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Phrased as either "shou ga nai" (informal) or "shikata ga nai" (formal). Similar to the French phrase "C'est la vie" ("Such is life") and America's equivalents (e.g. "Shit happens", "You can't win", "It is what it is", "YouCantFightFate"), this phrase can be translated as simply weathering troubles and accepting that life can be harsh, but actually has a deeper definition to it.

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Phrased as either "shou ga nai" (informal) or "shikata ga nai" (formal). Similar to the French phrase "C'est la vie" ("Such is life") and America's equivalents (e.g. "Shit happens", "You can't win", "It is what it is", "YouCantFightFate"), "YouCantFightFate," "That's life,"), this phrase can be translated as simply weathering troubles and accepting that life can be harsh, but actually has a deeper definition to it.
10th Aug '16 7:37:15 PM PaulA
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* ''[[AsianSaga Shogun]]'' by James Clavell uses this phrase as a subtheme, although there it is mispelled as "Shigata ga nai". [[SelfDemonstratingArticle Shikata ga nai]].

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* ''[[AsianSaga Shogun]]'' ''Literature/{{Shogun}}'' by James Clavell uses this phrase as a subtheme, although there it is mispelled as "Shigata ga nai". [[SelfDemonstratingArticle Shikata ga nai]].
5th Aug '16 9:17:29 AM MsChibi
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Phrased as either "shou ga nai" (informal) or "shikata ga nai" (formal). Similar to the French phrase "C'est la vie" ("Such is life") and America's equivalents (e.g. "Shit happens", "You can't win", "It is what it is"), this phrase can be translated as simply weathering troubles and accepting that life can be harsh, but actually has a deeper definition to it.

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Phrased as either "shou ga nai" (informal) or "shikata ga nai" (formal). Similar to the French phrase "C'est la vie" ("Such is life") and America's equivalents (e.g. "Shit happens", "You can't win", "It is what it is"), is", "YouCantFightFate"), this phrase can be translated as simply weathering troubles and accepting that life can be harsh, but actually has a deeper definition to it.
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