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LETTERS FROM A FLOATING WORLD

Listening to the heat

Text and photo by Grigoris A. Miliaresis The first time I read “Genji Monogatari”, my Japanese was pathetically inadequate to allow me to understand why the author had used the word “Utsusemi”...

This land

Text and photo by Grigoris A. Miliaresis Of all the possible conversations between a non-Japanese and a Japanese, the one that will cause the latter the biggest awkwardness and will probably create...

You rang m΄lord?

GREEK Text and photo by Grigoris A. Miliaresis In the face of all those arguing that contemporary-pop culture is much shallower than its classic counterpart, the word-concept “moe”  (萌え) defies any easy definition;...

As for the trains

Text and photo by Grigoris A. Miliaresis “Is it so hard to put in one more train during the big rush hour?” is the most frequent question of those who see the,...

July morning

Text and photo by Grigoris A. Miliaresis For the last five years, every year on July 22, I always do the same thing: I go to Shinjuku, I buy a tea from...

Eye in the sky

Text and photo by Grigoris A. Miliaresis I don’t know –and I don’t know if anyone knows- how many among this country’s thousands of temples is dedicated to the Buddhist entity that...

It’s the little things

Text and photo by Grigoris A. Miliaresis Two years ago, on September 2013, and during Tokyo’s presentation to the International Olympic Committee as part of its bid for the 2020 Olympic Games,...

Cool? Japan?

Text and photo by Grigoris A. Miliaresis The recent commentary by (ageing for showbiz but otherwise still influential) singer and actor GACKT has been all over the Japanese media: in his blog,...

It don’t cost nuthin’

Text and photo by Grigoris A. Miliaresis The Japanese scratch their heads in disbelief: in a country with so many things to see and experience, old and new, classic and modern (and...

Over and under

Text and photo by Grigoris A. Miliaresis I first came across the terms “sempai” (先輩) and “kohai” (後輩) in a martial arts’ context and outside Japan; as usually happens with most elements...

Flowers of good

Text and photo by Grigoris A. Miliaresis I was writing last week how unique can symbols be but the opposite is equally remarkable: how often they meet over the tight boundaries set by...

Manually

Text and photo by Grigoris A. Miliaresis Symbols work in mysterious ways: a hundred different people might witness the same scene but each one of them will notice a different detail to connect...