Marvel Age of Heroes Exhibition, Tokyo

The popularity of comic book superheroes is currently at its peak. With the thriving box-office success of superhero films,...

Beautiful Hirosaki

I confess, I fell in love with this city, and now I keep scrolling the pictures I took there;...

Memories of Yokohama

My first time in Yokohama was a success; I loved the city, the very different landscapes that it offers...

A (non)traditional wedding outfit

I think you all know by now how much I love Japan. And also Japanese traditional outfit. So when...

Where the spirits dwell | The Osorezan

For a long time now, the word “itako” has been associated (at least in the popular culture) with that...
Chit Chat, Culture tips
Marvel Age of Heroes Exhibition, Tokyo
Field 2017, Field Journal, Galleries
Beautiful Hirosaki
Field 2017, Field Journal, Galleries
Memories of Yokohama
Chit Chat, Galleries
A (non)traditional wedding outfit
Culture tips, Field 2012, Field Journal
Where the spirits dwell | The Osorezan
My research

Where I began

A quick look at my eight-year research on Japanese religions and shamanism. Just to see where I started from.

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Soul Travel

A different Japan

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..

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5 paths to a different Japan
Culture tips, Field Journal

5 paths to a different Japan

Reading Time: 3 minutes

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

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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Japanese cosmogony
Guest post

Japanese cosmogony | part 1

Reading Time: 2 minutes

I have the pleasure to introduce you a guest post by Sakura Miko, mangaka, founder and managing editor at Sakura Magazine, an italian portal dedicate to Japan, operating since 2009. Her blog offer a mixture of myths, legends, literature and language, and will open you a delightful window on the land of the Raising Sun. I am glad to offer you today the first part of an article about Japanese Cosmogony, enjoy! 

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cosmogonia giapponese
Guest post

Cosmogonia Giapponese | parte 1

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Ho il piacere di presentare oggi il post di Sakura Miko, disegnatrice manga, fondatrice e caporedattrice di Sakura Magazine, portale dedicato al Giappone creato nel 2009. Il suo blog offre un interessante misto di miti, leggende, letteratura e lingua, e vi offrirà una splendida finestra sul paese del Sol Levante. Vi presento oggi la prima parte di un articolo dedicato alla cosmogonia Giapponese, buona lettura! 

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kegare in Japan
Anthropology, Culture tips

Kegare between power and discrimination

Reading Time: 8 minutes

A polluting person is always in the wrong. He has developed some wrong condition or simply crossed some line which should not have been crossed and this displacement unleashes danger for someone

Mary Douglas, Purity and Danger. An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo

In every culture, purity, impurity and pollution are concepts with important social implications that go beyond the simple concerns for health and hygene; they imply a more intricate relationship between different actors within a given social structure. Within these relationships, impurity is variously interpreted as the sign of divine rage, as a break in the social order, as a violation of the corporal borders or as the proof of uncertainty and of a threat against the community.

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crisi e opportunità | un mito da sfatare
Guest post

Miti da sfatare – Crisi e opportunità

Reading Time: 6 minutes

Ecco che finalmente posso offrirvi questo interessante post di Riccardo, autore e mente dietro  Studiare (da) Giapponese, blog dedicato agli appassionati della lingua e della cultura giapponese. Questa collaborazione nasce da una personale curiosità verso la lingua e i numerosi tranelli che essa nasconde per gli studenti stranieri, e ho chiesto a Riccardo di sfatare un mito per me! La sua scelta non poteva essere più interessante, e ci offre un’attenta analisi del mito “Crisi e opportunità”. Godetevelo!

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