The Japanese believe that every object has a soul.
Between 1999 and 2006 the Japanese company Sony sold a little robotic dog called Aibo domestically. In July of 2014 they announced they would stop repairing them which means certain death for the thousands of loyal “pets” still living.
As the following video demonstrates, the owners of these domestic companions are very attached to them. They play with them, they dress them up, they photograph them, they travel with them…
Are the Japanese correct? Do toys have souls?
Something to ponder the next time you take your toys out for a little photography session.
Do you think toys have souls? Feel free to share your thoughts below.
A big thank you to bricksailboat for alerting me to this story.