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Meeting an itako Matsuda
Anthropology, Field 2014, Field Journal

Meeting an itako: Matsuda-san #2

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I could met Matsuda san a second time in the summer 2014, the 31st July after the Osorezan Taisai; since the Taisai is a very intense and demanding moment for the itako (Matsuda expecially had a great number of clients for all the four days of the taisai), when we called her to ask a new meeting, she asked to arrange it a few days after the festival, so that she could recover from the fatigue and she could perform a proper kuchiyose for me.

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5 restaurants in Tokyo
Culture tips, Field Journal

5 Restaurants in Tokyo

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Christmas is over, 2017 is now here and we all had our share of food, am I right? Well, instead of talking you about gym, and how to lose those extra-pounds, I want to lead you in a new tour of some of my favorite Tokyo restaurants. These are a mix of traditional japanese food, italian and mexican cuisine that I came to love during my stay in Tokyo, so I hope you may love them too!

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5 paths to a different Japan
Culture tips, Field Journal

5 paths to a different Japan

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When you plan your trip to Japan, you usually start with the biggest cities, the popular spots, all those places you just can’t miss when you visit the country. Yes, coming to Japan and not seeing Kyoto may not be wise, but there are some unbeaten path you can add to your journey that will help you discover the other side of the moon.

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Field 2014, Field Journal

Meeting an Itako: Aoyama-san

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After the first meeting with Nakamura-san, I knew I had to meet more itako in order to have a better understanding of their activity, their life and their world. Since today there are very few itako (probably not even ten) I had to patiently call the phone numbers I had, hoping some of these ladies would agree to meet with me. After a long search and some rejections, I could convince two of them to have an interview with me; one of them is Aoyama-san, an eighty-year-old lady living with her husband in Tsugaru.

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