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6 things that I really like about Japan

What are the 6 things that I really like about Japan?After years, I can clearly see the defects so now I can better explain the merits:-D

Number one : The artificial lights

Every middle/big size Japanese city change completely its appereance when the sun goes down. The explosion of neon, signs, banners, colors in contrast with a large amount of dark corners is unbeatable.

Number two: The Architecture

I come from the country that shares with the World the 80% of the monuments from the past, where the historical centers of the cities are “untouchable” to preserve all the things from the passage of time, so it’s obiouvsly that I like the architectural layout of a country where it seems that anyone can build what they want: every height, every color, every different – cacophonous – passive fire protection ignored pattern is possible…;-)

 

(image courtesy of arewde.com , Bob Tazar, Bruno.Nihon and publikhair.com)

 

Number three: The Music

Although Japan is the cradle of pure pop music business, with an easily visible “music mafia” (where you can see everywhere on the media the same artists, produced by the same labels etc.etc.), japanese musicians are often really talented and they produce tons of good music (sometime related to Anime or videogames).

 

Number four: The variety of eating possibilities

In Japan, eating out could be very funny. Tokyo for example has more than 80.000 different restaurants, from the 8 mq. standing bar in Golden Gai to some dirty/very clean izakaya to a 1st world class shabu shabu. There’s every type of “Gelateria”, every type of ethnic food, every type of food chain, every type of “all you can eat”, every type of “theme” restaurants (watch the last video with Zimmern to better understand). All streets have food smell. Beautiful.

 

Number five: The Kanji love/hate feel and their role in graphic layouts

I hate Kanji. General MacArthur instead of freeing the Unit 731 , would abolish japanese kanji;-). They are an incomprehensible maze for western people who uses 20-25 letters in the alphabet but during years they slowly become more easy to learn. But with Kanji the “graphic feeling” of japanese can explode: magazines, books, signs are packed with tons of Kanji in each direction. Superb. Japanese editors completely satisfied my eyes!

 

Number six: the unbeatable public safety, zero delay trains, etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.

No more to tell about. You can count the money in your wallet on the street without fear, you can travel at night safely in the 99% of the cases and you don’t need to worry about train delay. There is no delay.

 

And what I dislike?I love Japan and japanese people very much but of course there are also a lot of bad things in Japan, but this is a post about what I like so it’s not the right place to speak;-)
Ok, I’ll tell you only one  thing at the moment, and it is not the usual you can listen:  I cannot tolerate a matter that can be summarized by japanese words イタい勘違い外国人. I have a lot of foreign friends in Japan and they are really fantastic but at the same time, there’s a incredible large amount of foreigners who stay in Japan for nothing, for trivial reasons, for study, for a job that they would never do in their country (or cannot do)  and they are the masters of “put on airs”, act snobbish and feeling important for some unknown reasons. I know a good number of  foreigners who live in different countries and I have never met one of them who can feel so comfortable, powerful and brag about himself/herself  like some gaikokujin can do in Japan. Please, relax!;-)

 

 

 

 


 

 

December 8, 2010 Posted by | Japan | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Heretic Body

On http://www.casadeilibri.com I saw a very interesting book, “Il corpo eretico” (The heretic body) about a japanese performer/dancer that I didn’t know: Tatsumi Hijikata.
He reached Tokyo from the countryside and he found a city that tries to revive after the WWII; in this path he developed a type of dance named 暗黒舞踏 (Ankoku Butou – The dance of the darkness) explained with word like taboo, nostalgic, awful, grotesque, full of absurd environments and often performed in full-white body makeup. Hijikata became a sort of heretic who had a project about “body insurrection” and a point of reference for japanese intellectuals and artists of that time.

On the italian site www.casadeilibri.com I saw a very interesting book, “Il corpo eretico” (The heretic body) about a legendary japanese performer/dancer : Tatsumi Hijikata.
He reached Tokyo from the countryside and he found a city that tries to revive after the WWII; in this path he developed a type of dance named 暗黒舞踏 (Ankoku Butou – The dance of the darkness) explained with word like taboo, nostalgic, awful, grotesque, full of absurd environments, performed in full-white body makeup. Hijikata became a sort of heretic who had a project about “body insurrection” and a point of reference for japanese intellectuals and artists of that time.

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Photo by Hiroshi Yamazaki, Design by Ikko Tanaka(C)1998

July 22, 2009 Posted by | Japan | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

KeyHoleTV

Oh God. I’ve waited for this software at least 20 years;-) It’s a very simple program that stream japanese tv channels via P2P…And there are FujiTV, Asahi, TBS…..The video quality is really poor (and the audio is worse)even with a fast connection but it’s a dream comes true, it’s a door that is finally open!On the internet there are Linux and Osx versions, too…Hope about an HD version in the future!:-))

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March 21, 2009 Posted by | computer, Japan, TV | , , , , | Leave a comment

Time to Go

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Time to go to Tokyo for a month (and stop posting on Flickr and WordPress during this period)…My “wishlist” is incredible poorly this year because of the euro/yen rate (a really dramatic event!:-() but I hope to buy at least some interesting M42 lenses…Instead I’ve some new things to do this year:

1 – See some friends, old and new ones

2 – Visit the St.Mary’s Church in Sekiguchi, made by Tange Kenzo

3 – Visit the legendary Parasitological Museum in Ueno

4 – Visit some used camera shops, like Fujiya in Nakano

5 – Find a way for take a photo with Ueno Juri, Ikuta Toma and Shingo from Smap (ok, I appreciate too much some recent J-Dramas…..:-))

Here a graphic related to the Euro/yen crazy rate in the last 6 months (follow the black  pois…)

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December 11, 2008 Posted by | Japan | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Xiao

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A new, interesting product from Takara Tomy : Xiao, a digital camera that print photos!!!It has 5 mpx, 2,5″ lcd, sd slot,  fixed focus, a 1/2-1/2000 exposure and can print 5×7,6 cm colour photos with its ZINK (means Zero Ink) printer in less than a minute. It’s a very nice object but not really cheaper: near 35.000 yen (plus the price of the paper for prints)

December 10, 2008 Posted by | Japan, Photo | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fukutoshin Line

This (the brown one from Wakoshi to Shibuya) is the new Fukutoshin Line, the last subway line of the enormous Tokyo metro/JR system…Not really useful, except if I’ll live in Wakoshi…:-)

July 9, 2008 Posted by | Japan | , , , | 1 Comment