LETTERS FROM A FLOATING WORLD

It’s only Rock n’ Roll (*)

Text and photo by Grigoris A. Miliaresis Every time they hear that an earthquake happened in Japan (and especially if it is big, like the...

Galapagos Islands

Text and photo by Grigoris A. Miliaresis It’s the most common question I get from those who read what I write in the technology website...

Japan drinks and goes home (*)

Text and photo by Grigoris A. Miliaresis They drink. A lot. They drink at festivals, at restaurants and cafés, at karaoke parlors, at onsen, at...

Gates to nowhere

Text and photo by Grigoris A. Miliaresis I think the most famous is the one in Mukojima (the name of the island is “Itsukushima” but...

The glass is half-full

Text and photo by Grigoris A. Miliaresis In one of the classic Chinese texts, the 3rd century BC “Xunzi” there is a story attributed to Confucius...

Real money

Text and photo by Grigoris A. Miliaresis Recently, I was writing an article about the difficulties when comparing cities in an effort to evaluate the...

Invisible

Text and photo by Grigoris A. Miliaresis If you talk with those standing and selling “The Big Issue” in the western entrance of Shinjuku Station...

Matters of style

Text and photo by Grigoris A. Miliaresis I was reading recently an article saying that one of the marks that make a newcomer in Tokyo stand...

Her chasitsu

Text by Grigoris A. Miliaresis I saw her for the first time dressed in her kimono in the chasitsu, the special room for sado, the...

And the people bowed and prayed

Text and photo by Grigoris A. Miliaresis What impressed me more the first time I went into a pachinko parlor was not the rows of...

And miles to go before I sleep

Text and photo by Grigoris A. Miliaresis Together with the homeless in Shinjuku Station and the inhumanly congested trains, also in Shinjuku Station, images of...

Cleanliness, godliness etc.

Text and photo by Grigoris A. Miliaresis I’ve written it before: During the Edo times it was said about the big city that besides Ise...

Instant conscience

Text and photo by Grigoris A. Miliaresis One of the most common reprehensions against the Japanese is that they are not inventive, that they rarely come...

Naked relationships

Text and photo by Grigoris A. Miliaresis I often say that the Japanese are so clean that they take a bath before they take a bath;...

Nenikekamen

Text and photo by Grigoris A. Miliaresis Being fanatically anti-sports (mostly from the viewpoint of the spectator but to a great extent also from that of...

Agora

Text and photo by Grigoris A. Miliaresis It will probably sound like blasphemy to all those marvelous cliché: the snow-topped Fuji, the blossoming cherry trees, the...

And God created the great creatures of the sea

Text and photo by Grigoris A. Miliaresis In early 2012, animal protection organization International Fund for Animal Welfare asked two Japanese bodies, the company ESquare and...

From Hiroshima to the Highlands –and back

Text and photo by Grigoris A. Miliaresis And suddenly the whole world found out what the Japanese knew for years but, due to their characteristic introversion,...
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