Category Archives: Japan

Japanese literature for dummies Part 2

   Previously we took a closer look into hedonistic lives of high aristocracy of Heian who spent their lives devoted to pursuing pleasures and honing the literary skills (real or imagined). In other words – Part 1. The very same … Continue reading

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Japanese literature for dummies Part 1

   A short introduction to Japanese Literature. Otherwise known as You’re-Not-Japanese-So-You-Won’t-Understand. It’s really short, because there’s absolutely no use in writing elaborated post on something that is highly personal. Books are personal, same as music. I may like something, but … Continue reading

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Safe Little Home

   This post serves only one purpose – to apprehend the meaning of double standards that are so pervasive in the academic world, be it thorough research or casual critical thinking.  Problem lies in my own country’s scientific and cultural … Continue reading

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Apologies a la japonaise

   I have written this so many times, fanculture in Asia fascinates me almost on the same level as nationalism in Japan. Sadly, there is not even one opportunity for me to write any article dealing with that particular group … Continue reading

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In a year of big elections, Japan’s was Godzilla

   I have quite an obssession with Japan, spanning through over half of my life. Obssession swinging from delight to absolute hatred. Last Sunday I spent 8 straight hours glued to the main page of Asahi.com following the voting. Although … Continue reading

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Marry in a hurry

Picture from here.    Usually it’s a shotgun marriage leading to home disputes, fights and bloody divorce. Marriage between music and politics. Whenever politics is involved in art (be it music, literature or movies) the art ceases to retain its … Continue reading

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K-Gyaru

picture from here.    This hater can’t refrain from commenting on this spectacular event. Gyaru subculture is osmosing into other countries (believe me I saw them in Europe), so of course Korea’s leading fashion criminal fashionista, that is The Diva, … Continue reading

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Eh, Asia Asia…

   Yasukuni is not a typical shrine. Well, in terms of architecture – it’s like every shinto shrine of the mixed, later type, nothing outstanding. But Yasukuni is now a symbol of Japanese neverending nationalism. I’m having a ball these … Continue reading

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Japanese Minotaur

   What do we remember about Minotaur myth? Minos, in order to get Poseidon’s support in wars, pledged to sacrifice a splendid white bull to the god in case he wins. Poseidon helped, but the King decided to keep the … Continue reading

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Non-ending Asian War

Picture from KoreaBang        History is a tricky little bastard. European people en masse don’t care what happened outside of the continent border, hell, they don’t even care what happened inside. And I’m saying this as a fellow European … Continue reading

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