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'Butoh': the dance of death and disease

May 28, 2016

'Butoh': the dance of death and disease

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The first dance in Japan may well have been a mythological striptease. In one of the most famous episodes from Japanese folklore, the goddess Ame-no-Uzume-no-Mikoto entices Amaterasu Omikami, the sun deity, to come out of hiding by ripping off her clothes and dancing. The ...

'Japaneseness: A Guide to 76 Values and Virtues'

May 28, 2016

'Japaneseness: A Guide to 76 Values and Virtues'

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Love it or hate it, Yoji Yamakuse’s explanation of the concepts fundamental to Japanese behavior, “Japaneseness: A Guide to Values and Virtues,” deserves a read. Japaneseness, by Yoji Yamakuse160 pagesStone Bridge Press, Nonfiction. According to the introduction by Stone Bridge Press, the book was ...

Reading kimono: the lexicon of dress

May 21, 2016

Reading kimono: the lexicon of dress

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How Karun Thakar, a passionate collector of textiles, acquired his assortment of kimono is a story in itself. Exposed to fabric techniques in his mother’s couture shop in Delhi, Thakar’s growing curiosity repeatedly took him to Istanbul and Peshawar as he amassed of a ...

The vagina, in all its 'obscene' glory

May 7, 2016

The vagina, in all its 'obscene' glory

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You’ve probably heard of Japanese artist known as Rokudenashiko (“good for nothing girl”), who was arrested in 2014 for sending the 3-D data of her genitals to patrons of her successful crowdfunding campaign to create a vagina-shaped kayak. And although the Japanese-language press echoed ...