A Cat Named Toto: Kakuta Mitsuyo's World Beyond Words

Mitsuyo Kakuta is the author of many novels, including Taigan no Kanojo (The Woman On the Other Side), winner of the prestigious Naoki Prize in 2005. She debuted in 1990 with Kofukuna Yugi (A Merry pastime), winning the Kaen Prize, and many other works of hers have been turned into successful films. She currently lives with her cat Toto, a gift from mangaka Rieko Naibara. As it suffers from a heart condition, Toto needs constant care and attention – something that changed the author's life around.

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Loli-Moe from Japan to the US: from J-Art Pop to East-coast Hip Hop

Pharrel Williams' latest video It Girl has caused a commotion on the music scene: some consider it 'an animated epic', others labeled it as 'Pokémon-inspired', other found it uncannily disquieting. What's so special about it? The video is born from the meeting between the hip hop world and otaku culture: the protagonist is an anime-inspired, wide eyed girl. Co-directors are fashion designer Fantasista Utamaro and Takashi Murakami's mysterious pupil, Mr., who also participated in his mentor's 2001 show Superflat and 2005 show Little Boy. In a 2007 interview, Mr. defined himself as a lolicon: “I always loved manga, since I was a child. In high school, however, I developed my artistic side, I didn't want to be just a consumer any longer. I was embarrassed about being an otaku. In Japan there are many otaku with a 'lolita complex' and one of these, while I was in high school, killed four girls. I had the same complex – I still do – but the event made me understand I didn't want to be part of that world. I didn't want to be associated with that kind of people” (Source).

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Con l'anima del riso. Variazioni e sensazioni

"Milano per due giorni capitale del sakè". Dovrebbe incominciare così un articolo che si rispetti sul Festival del Sakè organizzato il 20 e 21 settembre dall'associazione La Via del Sakè nei chiostri austeri, mondani e modaioli dell'Umanitaria, in pieno centro. 

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Jake Adelstein – Interview

Courtesy of Jake Adelstein

An interview with Jake Adelstein, reporter and writer. Author of Tokyo Vice. An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan (US, 2009 – Italy, Einaudi 2011), a memoir but also a breathtaking story of yakuza, crime, politics and reporting. Now a movie with Daniel Radcliffe.

Friendly, extrovert. One would never imagine that Jake Adelstein, the guy we're web interviewing today, is one of today's bravest reporters, and the name behind a memoir narrating the relationship between yakuza, crime, politics, and reporting. Through his investigations, Adelstein managed to better Tadamasa Goto, one of yakuza (Japanese mafia)'s most dangerous linchpins. We have to -virtually- chase him across the world in order to snag an interview with him. His bestselling book, Tokyo Vice, is set to become a movie with Daniel Radcliffe playing the main role, and filming is scheduled to begin soon. “It's a project I've been working on for years. I refused many offers and finally decided to rewrite the script with J.T. Rogers, a former schoolmate and talented playwright”, he explains. Adelstein's life story is truly stranger than fiction.

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Tottoro? Fa il bigliettaio...

Cronaca di una giornata al Ghibli Museum

Non so se è stato un colpo di fortuna che ci ha permesso di riuscire a prendere i biglietti per il museo con un breve anticipo, a confronto dei mesi di attesa indicati dal sito internet, o il fatto che comprarli direttamente in Giappone al konbini è più veloce ed è un metodo che non tutte le persone interessate a visitare il museo conoscono, fatto sta che siamo riuscite a prendere i biglietti a solo due settimane dalla partenza.

Per una persona che ama i film dello studio Ghibli, andare nel museo di Tokyo è un'esperienza bella e divertente. È un mondo a parte, separato dalla realtà. Nel momento in cui si entra sembra quasi di essere dentro a uno dei film dello studio, in uno di quegli edifici un po' strani che sono tipici di molte delle opere prodotte.

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Takayuki Hori's ethical design

Design is certainly an expressive medium, used by some to improve the life of others. At the risk of being unfair, we could say that design is what makes everyday products compelling, from Milano to Tokyo. Products that, once exhausted their function, will be discarded – giving our society the well earned name of 'waste society', with ecological consequences everyone can see.

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Arcadia Comix - Due giorni di fumetti, cinema e non solo!

Il 28 e 29 Giugno il multisala Arcadia di Melzo (MI) ha ospitato “Arcadia Comix”, una fiera di fumetti, games, cosplay e cinema. La manifestazione, a ingresso completamente gratuito, è nata grazie alla collaborazione tra Ingorgo Comix e Arcadia Cinema.

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THE MOE MANIFESTO – Il mondo del moe

Cosa significa “moe”?
Questa è la domanda su cui ha lavorato Patrick Galbraith e la risposta è contenuta nel suo ultimo lavoro The moe manifesto.

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Why Bologna? The City of Covered Walkways seen through the eyes of a Japanese

Author and mangaka Keiko Ichiguchi tells us what she likes about Bologna, her relationship with its covered walkways and why decided to move here.

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Neo Tokyo impact: fotogrammi della post apocalissi

In collaborazione con il Future Film Festival, NipPop® presenta:
Neo Tokyo impact: fotogrammi della post apocalissi

3 aprile 2014 – ore 18:00
Cineteca di Bologna - Sala Cervi
via Riva di Reno 72
Bologna

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