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The Japanese and childhood promises
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After watching countless anime where a promise made by a 5 year old is expected to be upheld decades later, I have to wonder. Is there some aspect of Japanese culture that I am unaware of? Or this just a cheap and overused plot device because they can't think of anything better? I'm just wondering because I promised a girl in my kindergarten class that I would take her to Disney world when we grew up. Should I be trying to track her down on Facebook?
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Track her down but make her buy the tickets to Disney world...

About the question, I'm not too sure about it. I haven't really seen a 5 year old in anime make a promise that is expected to upheld decades later to answer it. Then again maybe I wasn't paying enough attention.
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I know what you're talking about. In pre-school or elementary school, a character makes a promise to another character like "We'll get married when we grow up", and the show brings that back up when they are in high school. Someone either gets hurt, someone doesn't remember it, or they both remember. It might be an anime trope but I've never done research on it so I couldn't tell you for sure.
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And there's your answer.
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It may be a cliche but I don't think it's always such a terrible thing. One Piece does this quite a bit but most of the promises made involve things far more important than a trip to Disney Land.
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i_love_u_jesus wrote:

It may be a cliche but I don't think it's always such a terrible thing. One Piece does this quite a bit but most of the promises made involve things far more important than a trip to Disney Land.


Disney World is in Orlando, Florida which is probably what he's talking about, not Disney Land which is in California. There's a difference, ya know?
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TVTropes has a different but seemingly relevant article here: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ChildhoodMarriagePromise. Doesn't explain the origin of the concept though. I'm sure it's discussed on Wikipedia...
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Shrapnel893 wrote:


i_love_u_jesus wrote:

It may be a cliche but I don't think it's always such a terrible thing. One Piece does this quite a bit but most of the promises made involve things far more important than a trip to Disney Land.


Disney World is in Orlando, Florida which is probably what he's talking about, not Disney Land which is in California. There's a difference, ya know?


http://wyatt10.wikis.birmingham.k12.mi.us/file/view/waltophatrus.jpg/230189480/waltophatrus.jpg
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i_love_u_jesus wrote:


Shrapnel893 wrote:


i_love_u_jesus wrote:

It may be a cliche but I don't think it's always such a terrible thing. One Piece does this quite a bit but most of the promises made involve things far more important than a trip to Disney Land.


Disney World is in Orlando, Florida which is probably what he's talking about, not Disney Land which is in California. There's a difference, ya know?


http://wyatt10.wikis.birmingham.k12.mi.us/file/view/waltophatrus.jpg/230189480/waltophatrus.jpg


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36 / M / Orlando
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Yes, I and every other person on the planet is familiar with the "pinky swear". That has nothing to do with my question as to why promises made as children were expected to be upheld decades later. I simply wanted to know if this was an actual facet of Japanese culture, or just a poor plot device. The question has apparently been answered.



i_love_u_jesus wrote:

It may be a cliche but I don't think it's always such a terrible thing. One Piece does this quite a bit but most of the promises made involve things far more important than a trip to Disney Land.

It doesn't matter how "important" the promise is. In fact, that makes it even worse that something of such "importance" is set in stone on the whim of a child.
Posted 7/1/12
Phew thank the lawd I never keep any of my promises.
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I think t might have something to do with Japanese culture. If you remember, the japanese had a little thing called honor before becoming westernised. That might have carried over all these years or theyre just really nice people in general (which this planet could sure use more of).

OR its just complete bullshit used to move a plot forward and stuff. Lazy writers.....
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69 / M / Limbo
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Posted 7/1/12
Live your life by this code and I promise you will end up with a restraining order and possible jail time.
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17 / M / boys locker room
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Posted 7/1/12
They're just dramatic and pretty to remember. It's more like a cliche, I don't know if there's something to influence that.
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