No.75 [ANALYSIS] A never-ending quarrel

The Annexation Treaty formally placing Korea under Japanese rule was signed on 22 August 1910 by the pro-Japanese Prime Minister Yi Wan-yong and sealed by Sunjong, the last Emperor of Korea./All Rights Reserved According to OKUZONO Hideki, the two present governments have mismanaged the situation an[...]

No.75 [HISTORY] Over a century of complexity

Since 1905, the port of Shimonoseki has been one of the main entry points for Koreans in search of a better life in the Archipelago./All Rights Reserved To understand the reasons for the tensions, you need to be aware of the sometimes painful relations between the two countries. During the 1980s and[...]

No.75 [RESISTANCE] Culture without borders

Released on Japanese TV in 2000, Shiri paved the way for South Korean cinema in the Archipelago./All Rights Reserved Up until now and despite the tensions, the Japanese have remained very fond of cultural products from South korea. Japan’s troubled relationship with South Korea may be at its worst[...]

No.74 [FOCUS] A day in Katsushika…

“Beware Danger” is written on this sign targeted at the youngest inhabitants of this district where water is omnipresent. The last truly working-class district in the capital has partly maintained its immediate post-war atmosphere.   Tokyo is moving faster and faster towards the future, and[...]

No.74 [MONUMENT] Tora-san, a Japanese hero

With its 50th film about to appear, Otoko wa tsurai yo is the longest series in cinema history. This mythical character of Japanese cinema inextricably linked to the district of Shibamata enjoys cult status.   I can’t believe my Japanese wife has never been to shibamata. I mean, she is old en[...]

No.74 [POP CULTURE] Ryo-san, olive and all the rest

Ryo-san in the foreground with his two sidekicks, heroes of the series Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Koen Mae Hashutsujo (KochiKame). Katsushika has inspired numerous manga authors, including the celebrated AKIMOTO Osamu and TAKAHASHI Yoichi.   In many ways, Katsushika has a strong connection w[...]

No.74 [DESTINY] Tsuge Tadao, stories from life

Tadao was very inspired by the red-light district of Tateishi. An extract from Garo no. 58, April 1969. In his work, the mangaka has often depicted working-class districts like Tateishi, where he has lived for a long time.   Tsuge Tadao is the stuff of legend. until quite recently the veteran c[...]

No.74 [PROMENADE] Encountering Tateishi

A traditional brush factory. Much of the district’s architecture from the 1950s and 60s has been preserved, even though it risks disappearing soon.   Katsushika is a multi-faceted area, and each one of its districts attracts a different kind of person: nature lovers stroll around Mizumoto Par[...]

No73 [FUCUS] Senior consumers and new economic trends

Ginza district, Tokyo.   The ageing of the Japanese population affects the way it behaves. japan’s rapidly changing demographic structure presents a few interesting challenges that have to be faced as soon as possible. Even from the perspective of consumer behaviour, the current and, in the f[...]

No73 [TREND] Old people, new stories

Cyborg Jiichan G published in 1989 by ObaTa Takeshi under the pseudonym KOBATAKE Ken.   For some time now, manga stories about elderly people have been very successful. comics may be still be considered a young art form for young readers, especially in the West, but a recent trend in Japan show[...]