CULTURE

No.51 CULTURE

No51 [MUSIC] A fresh look at the J-music

Ian F. Martin runs Call and Response Records. In one of Tokyo’s trendy districts,we met up with someone who’s an expert on the Japanese rock scene. For English-speaking pop and rock music fans,it’s always been difficult to find reliable information on Japanese bands new and old. That’s espec[...]

No50 [EXHIBITION] Kusama Yayoi retrospective

The Tokyo National Art Centre is holding an exhibition dedicated to this exceptional artist until the 22nd of May. When asked to name internationally famous Japanese artists, most people will probably answer Ono Yoko (whose brilliant career is perennially obscured by her being Mrs John Lennon) or Ku[...]
the target, hiroshima, the 6the of August 1945, at 8.15am

No49 [MISSION] A man who wants to remember

On the 6th of August 1945 at 8.15am, Hiroshima was the target for the first atomic bomb attack in history. Three days later, it was Nagasaki’s turn. Hayashida Mitsuhiro has decided to fight to keep alive the memory of the atomic bomb victims. For many years, the long-running campaign to ban nuclea[...]
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No49 [Well-being] The zazen experience

At first glance, sitting with a good posture to meditate looks difficult, but it’s actually quite easy. Just be careful not to doze off. Nothing helps you recharge your batteries like a session of mindfulness meditation. Shinsho-ji is the ideal place to practise it. In recent years, more and more [...]
mohikan comes home, okita shuichi

No48 [Cinema] Japan as you have never seen it

Two worlds collide in Okita Shuichi’s The Mohican Comes Home (Mohikan kokyo ni kaeru, 2016). The Japan Foundation is offering an interesting perspective on Japanese society for its 2017 Touring Film Programme. In Japan, I often get the impression that cinema is on its death bed. It’s not any[...]
Sejima Kazuyo, Hokusai museum

No47 [Exclusive] First visit to the Hokusai museum

The design of the new Tokyo Museum was entrusted to Sejima Kazuyo. Open to the public since November the 22nd, the new Hokusai museum welcomed Zoom Japan for an exclusive visit. The Sumida Hokusai Museum opened its doors on November the 22nd, in a popular neighbourhood of Tokyo. Located close to the[...]

No46 [Encounter] The amazing Kakuta Mitsuyo

Kakuta has written a wide variety of novels and depicted the lives of many different types of women through her characters. Having received a number of literary awards during her career, Kakuta Mitsuyo is now considered as one of the leading authors representing Japan today. Her 2004 work “Woman o[...]
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No45 [Interview] For those with nowhere to go

The author Yu miri, as someone who had nowhere to go herself, has continued writing for people in the same situation. In 2018, two translations of author Yu Miri’s works will be released in the U.K. Living a mere 23km from the troubled nuclear plant in Fukushima prefecture, what does Miri see now,[...]

No43 [Tradition] Fertility pure and simple

Every spring Kawasaki welcomes thousands of visitors who come to celebrate sexuality. At the Kanayama shrine, a group of around twenty people are gathered in front of an altar upon which rice moulded into the shapes of two penises and vaginas have been placed. These intimate symbols of fertility are[...]

No43 [Music] Very Japanese…?!

These two unique Japanese artists made a great success of their recent performances at London comic con. MCM Comic Con was recently held in London from the 27th to the 29th of May. This event was a great success, seeing over 130,000 visitors, and was also the stage for impassioned performances from [...]