The Legend Of Zelda connecting to Japan

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This is a completely new story where we’ll be reviewing the topic of the LOZ series, it’s been a while since we’ve spoken about something that went by the name of Zelda, but we figured it would be awesome to converse lightly about the similarities and things that have been taken from Japan and placed into the series we the many have come to love. This is that passionate time where I’ll love the hell out of every bit I put into this article, because of this I want to to go hard on this and literally expect an essay, if it doesn’t come which it will because I don’t half-ass my Zelda, but if I do I promise to write 10 articles straight this whole week! SOOO Let’s get started shall we?

The Legend of Zelda and Japan

Needless to say Zelda was created by fellow Japanese creative person Shigeru Miyamoto ありがとう!大好き!Back in 1986, designed by his own personal experience of dungeon-ing local caves by his nearby home or town, studying the philosophy and history of Japan Miyamoto decided to put together his own small home-brew Japan in efforts to deliver something new and fresh. Basically, which he did. We’ll compile our list below this as we speak more, but let’s do just that, I mean speak more as gamers we love hearing about how games came to be and we understand that it’s really not an easy task at all to come up with an idea and make it yours, but another is to incorporate a piece of history and try to keep it’s legitimacy while involving it inside of a fable. Creative it may be, but like I’m talking about it, there is more to it. So let’s point that out below:


Shinto’s yata no kagami as lens of Truth

八咫鏡(yata no kagami) is a sacred mirror that is the imperial regalia of Japan, used in mythology to lure out the great sun goddess Ameterasu. This was a gift given by the sun goddess to Ninigi her descendant and Ninigi used it to lure her out when she was in grieving.

The Lens of Truth are kind of similar in the way it is used, you used the lens of truth to see that of what can not be seen, but not only that, but it is also somewhat used to learn things out including NPCs that guide you and enemies that are hidden, although this mirror isn’t exactly the same as the yata no kagami they hold some similarities as they were used to succeed a goal.


The medallions of two worlds

In the Legend Of Zelda series you’ll encounter many medallions within the series whether they represent one of the great 6 sages or they allow you to bulk and power up. These encounters and findings enable a powerful more vengeful Link. Now what exactly could be taken from Shinto about medallions that the Zelda series has incorporated? Let’s explain, so Japan is most well known for it being culturally different, with millennia of wars  to centuries of warriors in battle, and genocide upon genocide in acts of honor and glory. Medallions were seen as blessings and good luck charms as well as signs of love, charm, happiness, strength and so much more, so when you combine something like that inside of a game that revolves itself around lore, power, courage and wisdom it’s more than perfect to associate characters with them. NOTE: Amulets are the better idea for this, but I just wanted to compare medallions don’t judge me!


Japan’s Good Luck for Zelda, became controversial.


So if you’re an oldie kind of guy then I had hoped that you noticed this little piece of non-racism, but confused people assume so and are ignorant so don’t understand a religion and then lose their shit. Get what I said? I’m glad, but for real people please it’s not a NAZI symbol, the Nazi symbol is tilted at an angle. Just so you know this symbol signifies the peace of Japan, formally and will always be used as a symbol for temples, a sacred place of praying and respecting your higher powers.


teraNintendo was getting shit for this being within the series, but eventually it died down because really it was just extremely pointless, it’s like people forgot to research before they decided to plea why Nintendo decided upon this, Religion seems to bite everyone in the ass sometimes. Live a little, be happy and don’t judge what does not need to be judged, we play video games to phase off any negativeness going on in the outside world, it’s the stress relief for your stress relief so shut up and enjoy the content! If you have something to say keep it to your damn self and respect! Why do I sound so passive aggressive, cause I am…

Hojo Clan in Japan

Zelda’s Triforce comes from Hojo

The most popular and most representing symbol of the Legend of Zelda series is actually not an original idea, being that Zelda’s main producers came from Japan there of course had to be some influence of it somewhere right? Well here’s just that, The original producers Takashi and Miyamoto 2 great creators and legends decided on the idea of the Hojo clan, here’s my assumption to this because of the way the symbol is depicted it clearly separates 3 different triangles, the original story of Zelda composed of 3 sacred goddess Naryu the goddess of Wisdom, Din the goddess of Power and Farore the goddess of Courage. I believe since these triangles become connected with each other as a whole to represent one larger triangle, I feel that was the idea of making the series to make everything connect within itself, it symbolizes the equality togetherness the series has formed over it’s decades in standing.

Theres far more I can talk about but this is what I have for now, If I decide to update this I will add more information up for you!

So I’ve been Gintooooo and GoodByeee!!


Last modified: June 17, 2016