It means, as the late Emperor Hirohito once put it, “to bear the unbearable,” to accept without complaint whatever fate may throw in your path.
The concept is closely connected with the Japanese predilection for hard work.
Perhaps, hidden in this tradition of nomenclature lies the hint of a culture of that has allowed Japan as a society to use its human, scientific and economic capabilities to renew itself after every calamity- be it earthquakes or tsunamis or the manmade wake of the Second World War - to not just build again, but ensure that reconstructions incorporate new knowledge and fresh approaches and beginnings.
In July 1995, just months after the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake “ripped through the heart of the historic port town of Kobe”, an article by T.
In fact, even as towns like Tomioka and Okuma remained abandoned, some Japanese officials admitted that those evacuated from near the nuclear plant may, indeed, never be able to return.
“A report by members of the governing Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its junior coalition partner urges the government to abandon its promise to all 160,000 evacuees that their irradiated homes will be fit to live in again” in November 2013.
When something awful happens, the determination to gaman, to get back to work, can serve as a kind of narcotic.