Miss Hokusai – Tales of the Anomalous and Strange in the late Edo Period


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Sarusuberi – Miss Hokusai is a fascinating film, and manga series, that is deeply rooted in the beliefs, rituals, and practices of Edo Japan. Hinako Sugiura, the original manga’s author was a researched in the lifestyles and customs of the Edo Period, and throughout the film we see her research feature in the nuances of painting, and life in Edo. Read more of this post

An Exploration of Tradition as Found in Kyoto and its Place Within Anime


 

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In my previous posts about my trip to Japan I highlighted a number of occasions where particular aspects of that trip, specifically in Kyoto illuminated attitudes towards tradition and it’s important to Japanese society. I had intended to explore it further, but given the length of the posts to begin with, it was better to simply write an entire post that explored these themes, which is precisely what this post will be about. Read more of this post

Japan Trip 2016 – Week Eight – Kyoto


 

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My first week in Kyoto was marked by a feeling of restlessness, as I was still in the traveling mentality of packing and moving to the next place, so, while I enjoyed myself, I wasn’t always as focussed on the immediate space. By the end of that first week I had settled down, and felt far more comfortable than I had during the first couple of days – it helped that I was still in the habit of waking up between 5 and 6 in the morning, a habit created in Hokkaido. Read more of this post

Japan Trip – Week Seven – Kyoto


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The first week after the camp was something a little different, and also very tiring, and although I enjoyed visiting some interesting places, such as Goryokaku, Zentsuji, Miyajima, Hiroshima, and Matsuyama-jo, the reality was that I found the constant hopping from place to place quite exhausting. If anything, I never truly felt that I had given myself enough time to explore the cities I visited, and had barely even scratched the surface, instead focussing on individual buildings, of sights to visit, rather than the cities themselves. Read more of this post

Japan Trip – Week six – The Journey South – Part Two


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Although the garden was fascinating, my trains to Matsuyama beckoned – and while Shikoku, like most of Hokkaido, doesn’t have a Shinkansen line, it does have some very comfortable express trains that run along the north coast of the island. Read more of this post

Japan Trip – Week six – The Journey South – Part One


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The week started in quiet fashion; the six children who had taken part in the full three-week camp had left the day before, but as I have already mentioned, their departure was rather quiet, and sedate compared to previous weeks. Read more of this post

Japan Trip – Week Five – Hokkaido


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The final week of the Nature School camp was a rather odd one, not least because despite a large number of young children arriving, the week was actually rather quiet. This was because I had been asked to assist on what the Nature School called a ‘Challenge Camp’.

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