Living in the city can be stressful and letting go of the daily struggles might help us learn more about ourselves.
Barakamon centers around a calligraphy artist who is expelled to a rural town where he needs to reinvent himself to become the greatest again. In his new residence he meets new people and discovers a more simplistic way of living. Is this the way we all should go?
I find it always a very interesting development to observe. Only when I was very young did I experience life on a more rural level. Most of my life has taken place inside cities and densely populated areas. I got used to anonymity and the abundance of facilities such as thousands of restaurants, neatly organized public transport and shops. But also higher crime rates and a more fast paced life which can alter the human brain, with chances it may never become normal again.
Barakamon shows how a slower lifestyle can make you discover new things and learning about oneself. While the theme is pretty cliché, it shows a development that is becoming ever more apparent since the industrial revolution. People are moving towards the city, trading their more intimate lives for something that is the complete opposite. I’m sure not everybody is able to adjust themselves towards such a radical change and they keep reminiscing about better times. Maybe we need a change of pace every now and again to make us realize about lives that are more natural to us.
Barakamon is part of the 2014 summer season and if you’re searching for a slice of life series you should pick up this one. Please share your thoughts about the show or your experiences in the comment section below.