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Field 2014, Field Journal

Meeting an Itako: Aoyama-san

Reading Time: 7 minutes

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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JST Reading - autumn Books
Field Journal

JST Reading * Autumn books

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Autumn is a great time to dive into reading: the weather is cooler, the days shorter and the food is delicious (this always helps!). I am usually very messy in my reading, beginning several books all together, but here we go with a small selection of my favourite

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My must-see places in Tokyo
Culture tips, Field Journal

My must-see places in Tokyo

Reading Time: 3 minutes

I have to admit it, I love Tokyo. A piece of my heart is still there and I can’t wait to be back. A lot of people tend to picture Tokyo as a modern monster, a jumble of skyscrapers, giant screens and strange people walking around. It has giant skyscrapers, billboards and strange people, of course; but there is so much more to it, and such a variety of landscapes that it is hard (and extremely wrong) to shrink it to one common stereotype.

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Meeting Itako Nakamura
Documentary, Field 2012, Field Journal

Meeting an Itako: Nakamura-san

Reading Time: 5 minutes

The arrival in Mutsu after a week in Tokyo can only be described as a shock. Visual, first of all. The trip entails three train changes, that give the feeling of slowly leaving modernity behind; once you get of the shinkansen in Hachinohe (roughly three hours from Tokyo), you get on a local train, romantically smaller and older, until finally get on the last, tiny two-coaches train that will finally lead you to Mutsu.

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