Bringing Japan to Italy: episode 07 - Yoko Takada

A few months ago, in conjunction with the Novegro comics festival, we had the opportunity to interview Yoko Takada. For this seventh episode of 『Bringing Japan to Italy』, the artist specializing in Japanese culture, tea ceremonies, Kimono dressing and much more speaks to our microphones.

Yoko Takada has kindly granted this exclusive interview for Japan Italy Bridge to help promote and share more the Japanese culture. Furthermore, we talk about the similarities between Japan and Italy, and why the bow is so important in the land of the rising sun. Did you know that? Enjoy the video!

ARTE SU MARTE Feat "Saskia Battistoni and Federica Menozzi" @ TENOHA

Not only TENOHA, but also TENOHA Ramen has special aperitifs that you can't miss! You already know that TENOHA & | RAMEN is the only place where you can find the real Japanese Ramen, right? Now there's more! Before dinner, here they are two new aperitifs waiting for you!


Gli aperitivi di TENOHA Ramen

10€ | From 7.00pm to 11.00pm

Gyoza or Karaage

20€ | From 7.00pm to 11.00pm

Gyoza or Karaage
Shoyu Ramen or Poké Don (½ portion)
Water + coffee


I would say that it is an excellent excuse to spend an evening not only in good company, not only with the best ramen ever but also with the best aperitif! We are waiting for women to whom the LADIES SET is dedicated, but also men, we are sure they will appreciate it very much!

Obviously, Japan Italy Bridge is always present, let's have an aperitif together!

ARTE SU MARTE Feat "Saskia Battistoni and Federica Menozzi" @ TENOHA

Here we are again with the Thursdays aperitivo at TENOHA! Are you ready for a new appointment with the “Martian artists”? Then don't miss the exclusive Nori Nori aperitif with the last Arte su Marte before the holidays!

As you know, ARTE SU MARTE is a cultural and artistic project that promotes emerging artists and combines art in all its forms, from painting, sculpture to photography and design.

And this time it's the turn of two artists who will really leave you speechless: Saskia Battistoni and Federica Menozzi!

Saskia is a visionary illustrator who tries to express her thoughts by experimenting every in every possible way. For her, illustrating something means to turn a thought into an image, identified with a stroke that a brush can take.

Federica is equally explosive and particular. She will drag you into her world with her unique creations. So let yourself be carried away because everything is a surprise ready for you to be discovered!

And as always we are looking for new artists! There will be white canvases ready to be painted by you!

The premises for a special evening are all there, so we are waiting for you on Thursday 11th July at 6pm for the special aperitivo ARTE SU MARTE! Obviously, everything will be accompanied by the now famous Nori・Nori aperitif that you can find only at TENOHA Milano! Japan Italy Bridge is waiting for you and you really can’t miss it. After this we can start thinking about the holidays.

Where and when

Where: TENOHA Milano, Via Vigevano 18, 20144 Milan
When: Thursday, 11 July

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Giappone, secret beauty with Alex Kerr

Alex Kerr, writer, orientalist and author of the book "The Beauty of secret Japan" will hold a special conference on Thursday 11 July at 18.30 at the Palazzo Reale in Milan.

Published by EDT, "The beauty of secret Japan" arrives in the bookstore where Alex Kerr tells of Japan and its ancient culture that is disappearing today. In this book, the author tells "from within" the millenary culture of Japan, with deep and passionate knowledge. Kerr talks about the sensuality of kabuki theater, the art of calligraphy, the tea ceremony, the rituals of Shintoism and the different Japanese religions. Without failing to talk about Zen monasteries, traditional architecture, the mysteries of everyday life and much more.

In "The beauty of secret Japan" the author describes the surviving natural and landscape beauties, such as the wonderful valley of Iya, on the island of Shikoku. Here, at the end of the seventies, Kerr bought an ancient rural house, Chiiori (the house of the flute). After the restoration where he paid great attention to traditional materials and techniques, Alex Kerr makes it the starting point of personal and passionate research towards the disappearing Japan.

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For those of you who don't know Alex Kerr, we're talking about an American writer living in Japan for over forty years. Kerr is also considered one of the most esteemed orientalists in the world and is the first and only Western writer to have been the recipient of the Scincho Gakugei Literary Award for the best non-fiction work in Japan.

Kerr has dedicated his life to the study of the culture and traditions of ancient Japan. From calligraphy to teaching traditional arts, from collectors to the restoration and architectural restoration of disused traditional houses. Kerr's activities have created a form of sustainable tourism in the most unknown and unspoiled rural areas of Japan.

The Alex Kerr Conference

Of the beauty and secrets of ancient Japan, Alex Kerr will speak at his conference at the Palazzo Reale in Milan, Thursday 11 July 2019. Organized by the EDT publishing house in collaboration with Associazione Culturale Giappone in Italia, Alex Kerr will present us not only his new book but also his life experience in Japan.

At the end of the conference, there will be a tasting of three types of Japanese tea offered by La Teiera Eclettica di Milano.

We at Japan Italy Bridge will be there, and obviously, we are waiting for you!


When: Thursday 11 July, 6.30pm
Where: Palazzo Reale | Sala Conferenze Piazza Duomo 14, Milano
Accreditation: The conference is free with a request for accreditation by mail or telephone to 0115591851 |

Celebrating Tanabata @ TENOHA

Tanabata or The Festival of the Stars, a special celebration that you can find only in Japan. But pay attention! TENOHA once again makes you a great gift: to experience Japan without taking the plane, so get ready!

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Tanabata: let your wish come true

This is the Festival of the Stars, this is the Tanabata (七夕 "seventh night"). You can write your wish on a TANZAKU 短 冊 and hang it on the bamboo tree. The Tanzaku is a vertical sheet of colored paper that will be delivered to each customer. After writing your wish, it must be hung on the bamboo tree.

If there is someone who doesn’t know yet about the Festival of the Stars in Love, read carefully. The Tanabata celebrates the reunification of two gods Orihime and Hikoboshi, represented by the stars Vega and Altair. According to legend, the two lovers were separated from the Milky Way, being able to meet only on the seventh day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar. Isn't it wonderful?

If you want to find out more about the Tanabata legend, stay tuned because in the next few days we will tell you everything in detail!

However, If you want to celebrate with us, TENOHA really makes you live the most romantic celebration in Japan. Join us in Via Vigevano 18 and let your wish come true! Furthermore, you can enjoy the now famous Nori Nori aperitif with other specialties that are characteristic of the celebration!


Cost: € 12 Aperitif (1 drink + Tanabata buffet + nori maki)
Food and beverage:
• Nori maki live cooking
• Special Tanabata buffet with typical delicacies enjoyed during the holiday (Ex. Soumen, chirashi)
• Mini slush (Kakigori)
Sponsor: Ashai superdry

When and where

Where: TENOHA MILANO - Via Vigevano, 18, 20144 Milano
When: Weekend fom July 5th to July 7th | from 18.00 to 20.30 (aperitif)

You can't miss it! Japan Italy Bridge already know what to write on the Tanzaku ...

Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan soon on NETFLIX

For all the TV series addicted that lately are going through a crisis of abandonment (or disgust) for the latest Game of Thrones series, do not despair, "Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan" is on its way.

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Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan, the series

According to Deadline, Netflix in collaboration with Blu Ant Media-run Smithsonian Canada, would have included in its programming Age of Samurai. in fact, described as a real Game of Thrones of feudal Japan, the series will tell the wars between the various kingdoms of that era.

According to previews, the focus of the series will be the figure of Date Masamune, the famous samurai also known as One-Eyed Dragon. He fought alongside the three founding fathers of Japan, warlords who led fierce samurai armies against one another. The purpose of these wars was the unification of the nation about 400 years ago.

The epic figure of Date Masamune, whose legend tells of having lost an eye infected with smallpox as a child, is the protagonist. Furthermore, after killing his younger brother, he succeeded his father as clan leader when he was only 17 years old.
Also conquering the neighboring clans, Date Masamune began the rise to power to unify northern Japan under his control.

Production details

Netflix has commissioned to produce the series at the Canadian production company Cream Productions, already behind the PBS series The Dictator's Palybook, BTK: A Killer Among Us and Fear Thy Neighbor.

Furthermore, executive producers, as well as Cream's CEO and co-founder David Brady, President Kate Harrison and senior production executive Matthew Booi, will be Simon George of the movie Jason Silva for Nat Geo Origins: The Journey of Humankind, Barbarians Rising for History and Showtime documentary Pariah: The Lives and Deaths of Sonny Liston.

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According to the source, Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan is already being filmed in Japan, the United States and Canada. The series is in fact expected to land on Netflix by the end of the year.

We look forward to it and look forward to seeing this new series in one go! And you?

ARTE SU MARTE Feat “Live painting by Sebastian Notre” @ TENOHA

Another special ARTE SU MARTE x TENOHA Milano event that will tell us the essence of contemporary Japan through a new episode of LIVE ART PERFORMANCE.


Sebastien Notre is the young artist who will perform during the event. Student of the St Martin's School of London in the fashion address, he abandoned his studies to devote himself to the development of his own expression of art.
Sculpture and painting become the arts to talk about himself and the elements of his real life become an integral part of his expression.
To discover its paradise and its personal space, don't miss the new ARTE SU MARTE appointment only at TENOHA!

We remind you that ARTE SU MARTE is a cultural and artistic project that promotes emerging artists and combines art in all its forms, from painting, sculpture to photography and design.

As always, during the event, you can unleash your imagination and paint the white canvases that will be placed at TENOHA. You'll be able to show your art and what you want to tell. We are curious to know you more. Everything will be accompanied by the special and exclusive Nori Nori aperitif that you can find only here, at TENOHA. We are waiting for you on this special evening!!

Where and when

Where: TENOHA, Via Vigevano 18, 20144 Milan
When: Thursday, June 27th


The artist and the project

IG: @sebastiennotre
IG: @artesumarte_


Are you ready for a day dedicated to yoga, fitness and healthy food? Don't miss the new appointment of TENOHA &|YOGA


Sunday, June 30th our yoga influencers Martina Rando and Martina Sergi will carefully explain what Mens Sana in Corpore Sano means. Valeria Airoldi, Claudia Casanova and Silvia Fascians, other big names in the field of Healthy food, Yoga and Fitness, will illustrate how to connect body, mind, and spirit in the Yoga technique. All of them created the B.E.A.T. mission.

What's B.E.A.T. ?


B.E.A.T. is the acronym of Breathe Eat Act Together and it’s a format that has 3 important focuses:
Fitness, Yoga, and Food. Motivation, inspiration, experiences, sharing and above all aggregation. People together decide to share experiences with yoga and then recharge with healthy food. The focus is on having fun doing something important for your body and mind. Every event has a cause and the partial or complete profits of the ticket sales will be donated to the ONLUS, the event's partner organization.

Where and when

Where: TENOHA, Via Vigevano 18, 20144 Milan Event space & | DISCOVER
When: Sunday, June 30th
Workout + Yoga practice + Food healthy + Q&A


09.00 - 09.30 Registration
09.45 - 10.00 Initial greetings / short intro / project Onlus
10.00 - 11.00 Workout
11.00 - 11.15 Mats positioning
11.15 - 12.15 Yoga Lesson
12.15 - 12.45 Photo session
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
2.00pm - 3.00pm Q&A + lottery prize draw + final greetings

At the moment the event is sold out, but do register anyway at the link below to be in the waiting list, so if someone should give up, you can participate! Don’t miss it!

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