Hashimoto, a Japanes mouse, explains the customs of the east to some visiting mice. A cat makes off with one of the visitors, Hashimoto goes to the rescue, bests the cat with judo, and then teaches it to his western visitors.

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Hashimoto, a Japanes mouse, explains the customs of the east to some visiting mice. A cat makes off with one of the visitors, Hashimoto goes to the rescue, bests the cat with judo, and then teaches it to his western visitors.

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6 September 1959 (USA)  »

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Childhood Fave; Just Saw the Cartoons Awhile Ago For the First Time
21 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

Hashimoto-San was the little Japanese mouse with the nuclear American family that would appear in some version of Terry Toons comic books.

Now it seems they appeared in Heckle and Jeckle, but I don't recall reading that many Heckle and Jeckle.

I think they are in some of the Mighty Mouse comic books, and since I saw more Mighty Mouse books than I did Heck and Jeck, I think it must have been those (Oops! Just checked one Mighty Mouse that I thought for certain would have Hashimoto in it, but it doesn't. I guess that would be too much diverse mouse for one comic book).

Nevertheless, the Japanese mouse who fought with the Japanese cat was a fave when I was little. Just an incredibly different look from Mighty, Jerry, Mickey, Pixie and Dixie and whoever else there may be out there.

What provoked me to go on Ebay and seek Hashimoto-San (I had acquired an old favorite Mighty Mouse, as well as a random Heckle and Jeckle, so I could now get the character's name accurate), I really don't know, but I turned up a #1 comic book as well as a VHS tape. Purchased both.

It is delightful to see that Hashimoto is virtually free from the claims of harmful bigotry and stereotyping as it was a Disney-trained Asian artist who created the character, based on his own heritage.

Even more delightful to see the characters don't pander to delivering to a caucasian American audience what would be expected of a Japanese character, such as we get with white producers who want African-Americans 'blackened up' to be more hip, ghetto, with it, so to speak.

And yet even continuing to be delightful in that the character isn't filled with 'this is our culture, you won't understand' behavior either.

Yes, one episode has Hashimoto visiting GI Joe and he seems puzzled about not having to remove his shoes when he enters Joe's home, but moments like these are minor.

The cartoons don't play up culture differences between Hashimoto and Joe, nor are there always instant solutions in Jiu-Jitsu (I couldn't help but think of the Dick Tracy character, Joe Jitsu, as I listened to this one) nor does it play up 'our culture is different from yours'.

I acquired six Hashimoto cartoons. I think there are 14. They are delightful, enjoyed them more than I have MIghty Mouse cartoons, and I don't think I ever want to see a Deputy Dawg.


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