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

My must-see places in Tokyo

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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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Religion in Japan
Anthropology, Culture tips, JST Video

Religion in Japan – a brief Intro

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Concerning Japan, the term, shūkyō 宗教 (religion) has a very complex history, which is closely connected with the relationship between modern Japan and the West. Before the encounter with the western colonial powers, different terms were commonly employed, such as o michi  道, (via, way, system, as in, Shintō, “The way of the Gods”), while we have no proper equivalent for the European and American notion of religion, nor the aristotelic logic that led to the non-contraddiction principle: therefore, rather than interpret different thought systems as irreconciliable, such background favoured the compromise, the similarities and the shared elements.

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Meeting Itako Nakamura
Documentary, Field 2012, Field Journal

Meeting an Itako: Nakamura-san

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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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Welcome to Hell: Mount Osore
Welcome to Hell: Mount Osore
Welcome to Hell: Mount Osore
Welcome to Hell: Mount Osore
Welcome to Hell: Mount Osore
Welcome to Hell: Mount Osore
Welcome to Hell: Mount Osore
Field 2012, Galleries

Welcome to Hell: Mount Osore

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Mount Osore, whose name is generally translated with Dread Mountain, is a sacred mountain raising in the middle of the Shimokita peninsula 下北半島, in the northern part of Aomori Prefecture.

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Okazaki for Beginners
Field 2008, Field Journal

Okazaki for beginners

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As far as I could perceive at that time, Okazaki is a medium-sized city, laying on wavy hills and crossed by the river Yahagi. Being used to the italian and european cities, the first thing that came to my mind was to find the city center, a sort of core (the most historical, or the most populated, I don’t know…) where the ordinary city life would be articulated: this is a mistake I did several times, even later in my trip.

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