Japan begins here

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A different Japan

A personal matter

It has been quite hard for me to decide and write these pages. Writing about Japan is not only a travel journal or the record of an adventure. It is an intimate action, a gesture of baring my soul and most private self.

It is the result, and evaluation, of eight years of travel, work, research, love and struggle. It is me. It me in the most sensitive and emotional spot. And it is very hard to describe such a spot. Because I love it deeply, and I crave for everyone to do the same, because I don’t want to think of anyone who wouldn’t be intrigued by it, and because I’d want to share with everyone, with you, the deepest emotions it gave me.
Nagoya Castle | Japan Soul Traveler

So, what will you find here?

You will find my experience and my expertise. Why should it matter to anyone of you? I hope, first of all, because you feel some sort of fascination for this amazing country, for its magics and weirdness, and for its hidden treasures. More important, you will find a new point of view, a new set of lenses through which I hope you will be able to get in touch with the soul of Japan.

So, to get practical, you will find:

  • My field journal. This is requiring a significant feat of memory; an effort to retrace my love story with Japan since 2008, in an attempt to overcome the academic language and try and offer you that reality as I experienced and loved at that moment, far from every chichè or commonplace surrounding this country. Instead I want to offer you a whole new universe of places, faces, smells, sounds and meanings offering amazing and inspiring visions. In particular you will find my research on blind female shamans called itako, today popular in Japan for their rituals of communication with the dead; to find out more about it, I suggest you start from here.
  • Culture tips. Aside from the  more emotional experience, you will find tips and tricks about the Japanese culture, too often misunderstood. Here all the knowledge I gathered in these years will prove useful, and I will try to propose different topics such as religions, spirituality, history, folklore, ecc.. under a new light.
  • Anthropology. Yes, you knew it was coming. I will also share some inspiring consideration about this amazing discipline, too often forgotten, and the reasons why I think it can be an incredible tools to see the world with new eyes.
  • Pictures and Video. Because some emotion can be properly conveyed only by the visual material. Because sometimes an image is more powerful than a thousand words.
  • Free resources. Gifts, if you prefer, to suggest, inspire and help you in this experience.

 

Japan Soul travels

Soul travels are the real result of my experience, the experience that really will set you in a different Japan. I will offer you some different paths among which you could choose the closer to you feelings and your desires. I will give you some initial tips, and if you decide so, I will help you plan your whole, unique experience.

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