In Japanese ethics it is very important to be aware of, and to repay, one’s obligations (giri) to others.
The conflict between obligation and personal feeling (ninjo) is a popular theme in traditional performing arts like kabuki or bunraku puppet theater.
A classic giri-ninjyo theme might be a daughter who became engaged to one man to fulfill her duty toward her father, while her true affections were directed at another man.
On a more everyday note, giri can also be seen in rituals like giving gifts or visiting clients at the year-end.
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