Do not forget your name 不要忘了你的名字

Inspired by Hayao Miyazaki’s movie ‘Spirited Away’.

A bit like a fairy tale and also a bit like a fable, I feel that there are many metaphors in Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away.

Among all the metaphors, I found one of them is the hardest to understand: “Don’t forget your name!” White warned Chihiro when Chihiro just joined and started to work in Mother Tang‘s Bathhouse. Whoever will forget his/her own name? I cannot understand this until I graduated from college and started to work in a company.

I realize that one staff in a big organization will easily forget his/her name. Because the staff handles his/her part of work on behalf of a project group or the leader of the group, and finally in the name of the company. In a big company like this, the personal significance is minimal. Everyone is doing a part of the whole job in the name of the company. Therefore, the NAME of individuals will gradually be forgotten by them, after not a very long period of time.  

And Chihiro’s parents eat too much without any effort put in, so they became pigs waiting to be cooked into hamburger. It sounds familiar isn’t it?

And the faceless man, I think he is like a trap generated due to too much of desires. When you have too many desires for money, for example, he will eat you.

A freelancer artist will never forget his/her name, The name is always signed with his/her work.

有点像童话 又有点像寓言,我觉得宫崎骏的千与千寻里面有很多模糊的隐喻。

所有隐喻里面,最难理解的就是小白忘记了自己名字,并警告千寻不要忘记名字。谁会忘了自己的名字呢?

直到我大学毕业,开始工作我才知道,大公司的职员很容易会忘记自己的名字。

所有经手的工作都是以工作小组的名义,以上司的名义,以公司的名义被人们所了解。其中个人的意义微乎其微。久而久之,每个职员可能都习惯作为一个部分而存在,忘了自己也是个体,也有名字。

千寻的爸妈,因为没有付出劳动又白吃白喝,变成了任人宰割的猪。听起来不陌生吧。

而无脸男,我想可以解释为一种欲望陷阱一样的存在。当欲壑难填时候,他会把你吃掉。

插画师摄影师之类的自由职业者几乎不可能忘记自己的名字,因为自己的名字总是签在作品上。

Very innocent character: An Extraterrestrial Girl. Also inspired by Chihiro in Spirited Away.
Very innocent character:
An Extraterrestrial Girl. Also inspired by Chihiro in Spirited Away.

外星少女小熊,是一个单纯无辜的角色。也是受到宫崎骏先生的少女千寻的启发。