Hi, and welcome back!
Today, I am just introducing you the basic of the Japanese writing system…
DISCLAIMER: I am not a linguist, I am just someone who’s been studying Japanese for a very long time…
Shinto Shrines have become synonymous with Japan. These beautiful structures are an integral part of the rich history of this wonderful country. However, the understanding of these Shinto Shrines can be quite difficult for a western audience to interpret. In fact, there are words pertaining to these spiritual structures that don’t even have an equivalent in the English language. This makes understanding the significance behind these shrines that much more difficult, but arguably all that more appealing.Continue reading
In May, I will be back to Japan and I will visit some new places that were on my bucket list since ages… so, I am getting ready (again) for the trip, and aside for the renewal of the passport, I am going through all the apps that I usually use when in Japan, and I thought it could be fun to share them with you!Continue reading
Today we are back to some ancient topic. I know, it seems a little “recurring”, but I think it’s a very interesting topic, and one that you can better appreciate if you read about it different times… So, I’d say, let’s get into business, and see (once more), what is kegare, and why is so importante in Japan (but also elsewhere…)Continue reading
Well, I am already late for this, but hanami season is upon us, and I think that, while a lot of people are aware of the beauty of these cherry blossoms, it’s harder to fully understand the emotions behind the affection and devotion that Japanese seem to show toward sakura.
I will try to dig a little bit more, trying to shed some light on the link between beauty and impermanence while remembering a beautiful hanami I witnessed, 5 years ago, in the deep of the night.Continue reading
Hi, today I’m back with a new video about religions (dah…), Japanese religions and the very charming way in which space is conceived and organized; in particular, I will chat about the dynamic between ta (the rice field), sato (the village) and yama (the mountain), domain of the supernatural powers!Continue reading
Hi everyone, it’s been a little while since the last we spoke, but my new project (the Japanese bookstore), is taking my whole time, and I still need to get used to it! So, I was willing to write a brief post about new year in Japan, and how I celebrated it when I was there a few years ago BUT the end of 2017 came and the 2018 arrived and I couldn’t find the time to write… so here I am today, with the excuse that well, we can also consider the chinese year and in this case I am perfectly on time!Continue reading
Well, winter is here! Snow already came in Turin, and the weather is quite cold, so I thought it was the perfect time to talk a little bit about onsen, and the amazing time I had there, at Takaragawa onsen in Gunma prefecture.Continue reading