Il Giappone e San Valentino

A San Valentino la ricorrenza vuole che l'uomo debba regalare delle rose o dei cioccolatini alla propria amata per dimostrarle i propri sentimenti. Anche in Giappone, il 14 febbraio, si festeggia l'amore, ma le dinamiche sono opposte rispetto a quanto avviene da noi.

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Fukuoka's Tamaseseri

With the start of a new year, there is a multitude of matsuri one can attend in Japan. In Fukuoka, Kyushu's largest city, the Tamaseseri 玉せせりfestival, replaying the myhtical gifting of two magical gems from the Dragon God Ryujin to Emperess Jingu as a weapon against the Korean fleet, has been attracting a crowd every January 3 at the Hakozaki temple – for more than five hundred years.

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Laputa vs Twitter: a New World Record in the Making?

Japan's love for Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki's movies is well known, just like its national love for social network Twitter.

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Japanese Flavor: Edamame

Only recently available in Italy, these green soy beans are already a fixture of every Asian cuisine lover's menu, thanks to their delicate taste and their nutritional value. Rich in protein (11g out of 100) and vitamin E and C, they are an excellent snack for every occasion.

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Halloween Explosion!

A gaijin holiday until a few years ago, lately Halloween has gained a foothold in Japan too.

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"L'arte del sushi" a cura di Stefania Viti. Pop & posh sushi

Gribaudo ha dato alle stampe all’inizio dell’estate un delizioso libretto a cura di Stefania Viti, L'arte del sushi. Un viaggio gastroculturale alla scoperta del piatto simbolo della cucina giapponese e del suo mondo. Il titolo non poteva essere più esaustivo nel descriverne i contenuti: si tratta infatti di un'antologia di brevi saggi sul fenomeno sushi, giacché di fenomeno globale si può parlare, nonostante i differenti significati che il boccone di riso e il petalo di mare acquisiscono alle diverse latitudini.

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Attack on Tokyo subway – Twenty years later.

It happened on March 20, 1995. On an early spring morning, a few adepts of Shoko Asahara's sect, the Aum Shinrikyō, took a few of Tokyo's busiest subways and dropped a few concealed bags, lancing them with the tip of their umbrellas.

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Japan Calling Italy, Design Style

In a globalized world in which it gets easier and easier to chase the vestiges of a nationalism and traditions in spite of a complex reality, it's not always easy to see the beauty of the Other; even less letting oneself be influenced by it.

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The discovery of Moe- The Work of Patrick Galbraith

We have previously discussed Patrick Galbraith and his Moe Manifesto, defining moe as attraction toward characters from games, anime or manga. An interesting interview for Otaku USA Magazine reveals more on the topic, starting from the book title: Why a Moe Manifesto?

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Japan Porn Boom. Hentai in the Times of the Internet

The spark for this article came from a collaboration with the Museo delle Culture in Lugano for the exhibition L'art de l'amour au temps des geishas, opening November 5 at the Pinacothèque de Paris. An extended version appear in the show's catalogue.

It's impossible to discuss pornography today without considering the impact of the Internet in its mechanisms of production, distribution and fruition; but also how, as critics and spectators, we witness a progressive 'pornification' of the real. Furthermore, thanks to the Web, cinema, video clips, manga and video games, pornography made in Japan has become a transnational phenomenon, and the country's export is among the most active in the sector.

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