Originally from my June 2, 2014 Blogger post with the original text
Last night, I browsed through my folder containing more folders of my anime screenshots. One of them was from an anime of the Young Animator Training Project 2010 entitled “Ojii-san no Lamp (Grandfather’s Lamp).” The YATP (or now more commonly called Anime Mirai) is a government-funded project of Japan which aims to train young animators. Each year, the project releases 4 short films. (Source: Wiki.) So here’s a little information about the anime ripped directly from myanimelist:
Anime Title: Ojii-san no Lamp; おぢいさんのランプ
Type: Movie | Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 5, 2011
Producers: Telecom Animation Film
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: G – All Ages
Director: Takiguchi Teiichi
A boy finds a strange object while playing hide-and-seek. His grandfather tells him the story of his own youth, and the important role the old lamp played. This story is about the modernization of Japan and the changes that came with it.
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Have you ever been in a phase in your life when you do not know what you want to become in the future? When you don’t know what future career you would like to take?
If you haven’t, then maybe it’s because you already know what you want to become and what kind of job you want to take on. Now that is a good thing.
If you have, then it’s not necessarily a bad thing. I’ve been there. People like us just need the time of that phase to think about our future carefully and be certain of the path we will later take on—the path which we won’t regret walking on.
The protagonist of the short film is the former type, one who was, for the most part, certain of his career. He enjoyed being a lamp seller or distributor. The film took place at the time when Japan already opened its doors to westernization, allowing technological advancements.
In the hometown of the protagonist, houses were distant and trees were abundant. This hometown is somewhere in the countryside of Japan. Gas lamps were popular back then, so being a lamp seller was a notable occupation. Today, we cannot find lamp sellers everywhere or in publicity.
If you compare their time with our generation, we can never really grasp the contentment of having a yellow light in the house, no matter how blinding the insufficient light a gas lamp could provide. Consequently, we cannot imagine how highly respected the lamp sellers were for walking long distances. They also carried with them their heavy carts which contained a lot of those gas lamps. The roads weren’t even completely flat by then because only the big cities had concrete roads while the rural areas had rocky and dusty roads. Just imagine how tough it was just to get past every stone with a heavy cart.
However, as if he didn’t see it coming, his life took a sudden downhill turn, a devastating one at that. If you define your life with what you do for a living, you might not recover right away if something happens to the industry you are working in.
My heart ached when I was watching this scene. It was like I just stepped into the kokoro of the protagonist. I cannot fully describe this sad feeling. It is beyond what I can tell.
Even now, many jobs or careers are threatened by technology. Isn’t it ironic? Humans crave for the improvement of life in the future (technology), but the current occupations are at risk. Humans make life better for the younger generation, but at the expense of the older generation. It’s just like a cycle of the give-and-take relationship of consecutive generations of humankind. The younger ones take what the older ones offer them, and the older ones give what they can offer the younger ones.
That is not entirely sad. It’s a mix of happiness and sadness. During our youth, we get to enjoy what life has to give us, but in the end, we must give back what is expected from us in the form of surrender.
I read this post several weeks ago and you might want to read more about extinct jobs.