Mention ‘Japanese culture’ to any foreigner, and ‘anime’ is going to be one of, if not the first thing that pops up in their heads. In fact, we all know that anime and manga occupies a central position in Japanese popular culture, and thus consuming this particular form of entertainment is undoubtedly a good way of gaining knowledge on Japan. This writer, for one, learned, or at least think he learned, a lot about Nippon through anime.
However, making a list of anime that can help you understand Japanese culture a somewhat complicated task: without getting too technical, one has to point out that ‘culture’ is a hopelessly vague concept, and thus the task of trying to introduce ‘Japanese culture’ can easily become a confusing one. For the purpose of this article, however, culture basically encompasses everything that has ever been done or thought on the Japanese territory, just to keep it simple.
Anyway, no matter how we understand ‘Japanese culture’, the task of introducing such a complex thing in mere ten series and 2000 words is difficult to say the least, and, consequently, this list will be an inconsistent mash-up of all kinds of stories, styles and subject matters, but will hopefully help you gain a deeper understanding of the culture of the land of the rising sun.