The "realism" here are from the artifacts presented. There is no emotional build up, just an initial bombshell at the beginning and a roller coaster ride, while being bombarded with questions and supposed facts. It's a powerful tour de force in storytelling really, especially the documentary film. Throwing props at the reader/viewer at a machine gun pace keeps the suspension of disbelief at bay, because it's impossible to process all the items and information. In this case the props which include photos of locations and buildings, are the key for ensuring "realism".
Back to our props presented here in this blog, when seen out of context, the Jomon culture items do seem to be alien. But not alien as in space alien, but in the sense of unknown. I’ve got to say that the Jōmon are pretty amazing and there are new discoveries about mankind’s past that are very exciting.
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