Bricks of Time


建前 (Tatemae)


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The concept “tatemae” (建前, “built in front”), describes the behavior and opinions  a person  displays in public.

In contrast with this, the word “hon’ne”(本音, “true sound”)  describes a person’s true feelings and desires.

In many cases tatemae leads to outright telling of lies in order to avoid exposing the true inward feelings, because the true feelings could lead to break the “wa” (social harmony), wich is the main point in japanese society.

The honne–tatemae divide is considered by some to be of paramount importance in Japanese culture.

This serie was taken in September 2017 in Tokyo. I tried to reflect the duality of the Japanese social behavior, which amazed me.

I use silohuettes as a methaphor of the dark side of each person and reflections in order to highlight the duality between both concepts (Honne and Tatemae) itself.

2 responses

  1. Pepe higueras

    Fantástica serie Sergio. Esencia japonesa captada por tu objetivo de forma magistral. Web muy currada. Enhorabuena. A ver si quedamos para un walkphoto un día. Ciao.

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    4 November, 2017 at 20:51

    • Muchas gracias, Pepe, por visitar la web y revisar la serie. Tus comentarios son muy motivadores. Desde luego, quedamos cuando quieras!! Un fuerte abrazo.


      4 November, 2017 at 21:48

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