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Nikkō - La città senza tempo

Poco distante da Tokyo, si trova una città che potremmo definire magica. Questa è Nikkō, letteralmente "La cittа della luce del sole”. Situata nella regione montuosa della prefettura di Tochigi, è una delle più famose mete turistiche del Giappone. Ricca di monumenti storici, è entrata nell’elenco dei Patrimoni dell’umanità dell’UNESCO. I suoi monumenti più famosi sono il Nikkō Tōshō-gū dedicato allo shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu e il Futarasan Jinja risalente al 767.

La città è inoltre immersa nella natura, con montagne, sorgenti termali e il Parco Nazionale di Nikkō dove si possono trovare diverse bellissime cascate.

Fra sacro e moderno

Il 20 marzo 2006 la vecchia città di Nikkō si è fusa con la cittа di Imaichi e le municipalità di Ashio, Fujihara e Kuriyama, dando come risultato la nuova città di Nikkō . Sacro e profano, una divisione ancora più marcata dal grande “ponte sacro” Shinkyo, tutto laccato di rosso e originariamente riservato all’imperatore e allo shogun. Oggi questo stesso ponte è percorso da centinaia di visitatori ogni anno per arrivare al Rinno-ji, il grande tempio conosciuto in particolare per la “Sala dai tre Buddha”.

I  monumenti

Dietro a questo tempio, si trova il Tōshō-gu, dove la grande famiglia Tokugawa aveva stabilito il suo santuario scintoista, facendolo diventare il più riccamente decorato del paese. Più di 15000 artigiani del paese parteciparono alla sua costruzione e con le sue dorature, i suoi colori brillanti, le sue linee sinuose, questo luogo di culto è considerato tra i più belli dell’architettura Momoyama (1573–1603). Ancora più famoso è il frontone della scuderia sacra, prettamente minimalista e conosciuto da tutti i giapponesi per le tre piccole scimmie scolpite nel legno: Mizaru ("la cieca"), Kikazaru ("la sorda") e Iwazaru ("la muta”). Esse simboleggiano infatti i precetti della setta buddista Tendai, ispirati da Confucio: non guardare il male, non pronunciarlo, non ascoltarlo.

Se avete un’intera giornata per esplorare la città, non potete perdere l’occasione di andare a visitare la statua del gatto addormentato che marca l’entrata alla tomba di Tokugawa Ieyasu. Successivamente, costeggiando il fiume Daiyagawa, potete trovare la passeggiata del Kanmanga Fuchi, una sontuosa camminata fra boschi e strane formazioni vulcaniche del monte Nantai. Alla fine di questa passeggiata, vi aspettano decine di statue di Jizō, protettore dei bambini, dove il tempo sembra essersi fermato.

Ad una distanza di 30 km, potrete poi trovare il magico lago di Chūzenji dove è possibile fare un’escursione in battello per arrivare alla spettacolare cascata Kegon no Taki e alle sorgenti di acqua calda di Yumoto Onsen.

Una città fra la storia e la modernità, fra montagne e laghi incantati, una piccola perla di storia a pochi passi dalla metropoli di Tokyo. Qui si può respirare ancora la classica sensazione della tradizione giapponese nel suo pieno. Una meta assolutamente da non perdere per tutti gli amanti di questa cultura e di questa nazione.

Come arrivare

Il treno è il mezzo più comodo e rapido per raggiungere Nikko dal centro di Tokyo.

Linea Tobu - Asakusa

Dalla stazione di Asakusa, facilmente raggiungibile raggiungibile via metro dai principali quartieri di Tokyo, potete prendere la linea Tobu che offre corse per Nikko ogni ora. Il costo per a/r è di circa 2800¥, il viaggio dura circa 2h ed è in assoluto l'opzione più economica. Il JR Pass non è valido su questa tratta.

info: Website della linea Tobu

Limited express - Shinjuku

Il JR limited express collega direttamente la stazione di Shinjuku con Nikko, il costo del biglietto a/r è di 8000¥. Sfortunatamente, il JR pass non copre completamente la tratta, sarà quindi necessario pagare un sovrapprezzo. Per prenotare la corsa basta consultare i sito della JR east.

Info: Sito di JR East

JR Shinkansen - Tokyo

Questo è il modo più comodo e più veloce per raggiungere Nikko, specialmente se siete in possesso del JR Pass. E’ possibile prendere il JR Tohoku Shinkansen dalla stazione Tokyo, ma dovrete cambiare treno ad Utsunomiya e continuare sulla JR Nikko Line. Il costo della tratta a/r è di 10000¥, sconsigliata per chi non ha il JR Pass.

Info: sito di Hyperdia

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Nikkō - The timeless town

Not far from Tokyo, there is a town that could be described as magical. This is Nikkō, literally "The town of sunlight”. Located in the mountainous region of Tochigi Prefecture, it is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Japan. Rich in historical monuments, it has been listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its most famous monuments are the Nikkō Tōshō-gū shrine dedicated to the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, and the Futarasan shrine dating back to 767.

The city is also surrounded by nature with mountains, hot springs and the Nikkō National Park where several beautiful waterfalls can be found.

Between sacred and modern

On March 20, 2006, the old town of Nikkō merged with the city of Imaichi and the municipalities of Ashio, Fujihara and Kuriyama, resulting in the new city of Nikkō . Sacred and profane, a division that is even more evident thanks to the great "sacred bridge" Shinkyo, completely lacquered in red and that was originally reserved to the emperor and the shogun. Today, this same bridge is crossed by hundreds of visitors each year arriving at the Rinno-ji, the great temple best known for the "Three Buddha Hall".

Monuments

Behind this temple there is the Tōshō-gu shrine where the great Tokugawa family established their Shinto shrine making it the most richly decorated temple in the country. More than 15000 artisans of the country participated in its construction and with its gildings, its bright colors, its sinuous lines, this place of worship is considered as one of the most beautiful examples of Momoyama architecture (1573-1603). Even more famous is the pediment of the sacred stables, genuinely minimalist and especially known by all the Japanese for the three little monkeys carved in the wood: Mizaru ("the blind"), Kikazaru ("the deaf") and Iwazaru ("the mute"). In fact, they symbolize the precepts of the Tendai Buddhist sect, inspired by Confucius: do not look at evil, do not pronounce it, do not listen to it.

If you have a whole day to explore the city, you can not miss the opportunity to visit the statue of the sleeping cat that marks the entrance to the tomb of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Subsequently, along the Daiyagawa river, you can find the Kanmanga Fuchi path, a sumptuous walk through the woods and the strange volcanic formations of Mount Nantai. At the end of this walk, dozens of statues of Jizō, protector of the children, await you where time seems to have stopped.

At a distance of 30 km from there, you can then find the magical Chūzenji lake, where you can take a boat trip to the spectacular Kegon no Taki waterfall and the Yumoto Onsen hot springs.

A city between history and modernity, between mountains and enchanted lakes, a small pearl of history not far from the metropolis of Tokyo. Here you can still perceive the classic feeling of Japanese tradition in its fullness. A destination not to be missed for all those who love this nation and its culture.

How to get here

The train is the quickest and most convenient way to reach Nikko from central Tokyo.

Tobu Line - Asakusa

From Asakusa Station, easily reachable by metro from all the main districts of Tokyo, you can take the Tobu line which offers rides to Nikko every hour. The cost per round trip is about 2800 ¥, the ride takes about 2 hours and is by far the cheapest option. The JR Pass is not valid on this route.

info: Tobu Line website

Limited express - Shinjuku

The JR limited express connects Shinjuku station directly with Nikko, the cost of a round trip ticket is 8000 yen. Unfortunately, the JR pass does not completely cover the route so, it will be necessary to pay an additional charge. To book your seat just consult the JR East website.

Info: JR East website 

JR Shinkansen - Tokyo

This is the fastest and most convenient way to get to Nikko, especially if you have a JR Pass. It is possible to take the JR Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo station, but you will have to change at Utsunomiya and continue on the JR Nikko Line. The cost of the round trip is 10000 ¥, not recommended for those who do not have the JR Pass..

Info: Hyperdia website[:ja]

Nikkō - The timeless town

Not far from Tokyo, there is a town that could be described as magical. This is Nikkō, literally "The town of sunlight”. Located in the mountainous region of Tochigi Prefecture, it is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Japan. Rich in historical monuments, it has been listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its most famous monuments are the Nikkō Tōshō-gū shrine dedicated to the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, and the Futarasan shrine dating back to 767.

The city is also surrounded by nature with mountains, hot springs and the Nikkō National Park where several beautiful waterfalls can be found.

Between sacred and modern

On March 20, 2006, the old town of Nikkō merged with the city of Imaichi and the municipalities of Ashio, Fujihara and Kuriyama, resulting in the new city of Nikkō . Sacred and profane, a division that is even more evident thanks to the great "sacred bridge" Shinkyo, completely lacquered in red and that was originally reserved to the emperor and the shogun. Today, this same bridge is crossed by hundreds of visitors each year arriving at the Rinno-ji, the great temple best known for the "Three Buddha Hall".

Monuments

Behind this temple there is the Tōshō-gu shrine where the great Tokugawa family established their Shinto shrine making it the most richly decorated temple in the country. More than 15000 artisans of the country participated in its construction and with its gildings, its bright colors, its sinuous lines, this place of worship is considered as one of the most beautiful examples of Momoyama architecture (1573-1603). Even more famous is the pediment of the sacred stables, genuinely minimalist and especially known by all the Japanese for the three little monkeys carved in the wood: Mizaru ("the blind"), Kikazaru ("the deaf") and Iwazaru ("the mute"). In fact, they symbolize the precepts of the Tendai Buddhist sect, inspired by Confucius: do not look at evil, do not pronounce it, do not listen to it.

If you have a whole day to explore the city, you can not miss the opportunity to visit the statue of the sleeping cat that marks the entrance to the tomb of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Subsequently, along the Daiyagawa river, you can find the Kanmanga Fuchi path, a sumptuous walk through the woods and the strange volcanic formations of Mount Nantai. At the end of this walk, dozens of statues of Jizō, protector of the children, await you where time seems to have stopped.

At a distance of 30 km from there, you can then find the magical Chūzenji lake, where you can take a boat trip to the spectacular Kegon no Taki waterfall and the Yumoto Onsen hot springs.

A city between history and modernity, between mountains and enchanted lakes, a small pearl of history not far from the metropolis of Tokyo. Here you can still perceive the classic feeling of Japanese tradition in its fullness. A destination not to be missed for all those who love this nation and its culture.

How to get here

The train is the quickest and most convenient way to reach Nikko from central Tokyo.

Tobu Line - Asakusa

From Asakusa Station, easily reachable by metro from all the main districts of Tokyo, you can take the Tobu line which offers rides to Nikko every hour. The cost per round trip is about 2800 ¥, the ride takes about 2 hours and is by far the cheapest option. The JR Pass is not valid on this route.

info: Tobu Line website

Limited express - Shinjuku

The JR limited express connects Shinjuku station directly with Nikko, the cost of a round trip ticket is 8000 yen. Unfortunately, the JR pass does not completely cover the route so, it will be necessary to pay an additional charge. To book your seat just consult the JR East website.

Info: JR East website 

JR Shinkansen - Tokyo

This is the fastest and most convenient way to get to Nikko, especially if you have a JR Pass. It is possible to take the JR Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo station, but you will have to change at Utsunomiya and continue on the JR Nikko Line. The cost of the round trip is 10000 ¥, not recommended for those who do not have the JR Pass..

Info: Hyperdia website[:]


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Hokusai: sulle orme del maestro

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Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾 北斎?; Edo, ottobre o novembre 1760 – Edo, 10 maggio 1849) è stato un pittore e incisore giapponese, conosciuto principalmente per le sue opere in stile ukiyo-e. Quest’ultimo è un genere di stampa artistica giapponese su carta, impressa con matrici di legno, fiorita nel periodo Edo.

Con una carriera lunga più di sessant’anni dove ha esplorato varie forme d’arte, è noto al pubblico soprattutto grazie alle sue famosissime ‘Cento vedute del monte Fuji’. In particolare la ‘Grande onda di Kanagawa’,diventata simbolo di questa raccolta, è ormai parte della cultura di massa. I suoi lavori non solo hanno fatto il giro del mondo ma sono stati una fonte di ispirazione per molti impressionisti europei come Claude Monet, e molti post-impressionisti come Vincent van Gogh e Paul Gauguin.

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Da qualche anno a questa parte, l’Italia sta ospitando varie mostre dedicate a questo grandioso artista. Prima a Milano presso il Museo del ‘900 e ora a Roma. Infatti, dal 12 ottobre 2017 al 14 gennaio 2018, presso il museo dell’Ara Pacis, le opere di Hokusai saranno disponibili al pubblico in una mostra chiamata “Sulle orme del Maestro”. Una grande mostra che racconta e mette a confronto circa 200 opere della produzione del maestro Hokusai con quelle degli artisti che hanno seguito le sue orme.

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L’esposizione tenutasi al Palazzo Reale a Milano precede quella tenutasi al British Museum di Londra, e ora anche nella capitale Italiana si possono ammirare le opere provenienti da diversi musei e collezioni. Tra gli altri, il Chiba City Museum of Art, e importanti collezionisti giapponesi come Uragami Mitsuru Collection e Kawasaki Isago no Sato Museum, oltre che dal Museo d’arte Orientale Edoardo Chiossone di Genova.

Come accennavamo prima, questa esposizione racconta e confronta la produzione del Maestro Hokusai con quella di alcuni degli artisti che hanno seguito le sue orme, creando così nuove linee, nuove forme, nuovi colori e un nuovo filone dell’ukiyo-e.

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Passando dalla natura agli attori kabuki, dalle bellezze femminili ai guerrieri, sino ad arrivare alle immagini di fantasmi, spiriti ed esseri semi-leggendari, questi saranno i soggetti che i visitatori troveranno nella mostra.
Le tecniche e i formati che il maestro Hokusai ha usato per le sue opere sono molto varie. Da dipinti a inchiostro e colore su rotolo verticale o orizzontale, alle silografie policrome di ogni misura, sino ai raffinatissimi surimono. Questi ultimi venivano usati come biglietti augurali, inviti, cerimonie da tè e molto altro.

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Dal comunicato stampa della mostra possiamo leggere che l’esposizione si compone di cinque sezioni che toccheranno i temi più alla moda e maggiormente richiesti dal mercato dell’epoca:

1- MEISHŌ: mete da non perdere

Presenta le serie più famose di Hokusai: le Trentasei vedute del Monte Fuji, le Otto vedute di Ōmi, i tre volumi sulle Cento vedute del Fuji e un dipinto su rotolo del Monte Fuji, presentato per la prima volta in Italia e in anteprima assoluta.

Questa sezione illustra le mete di viaggio e i luoghi celebri che un giapponese di epoca Edo non doveva assolutamente perdere o perlomeno doveva conoscere: cascate, ponti e luoghi naturali delle province più lontane, vedute del monte Fuji da località rinomate, locande e ristoranti e stazioni di posta lungo la via del Tōkaidō che collegava Edo (Tokyo) a Kyoto.

Non manca la “Grande Onda” di Hokusai, che si potrà apprezzare in ben due versioni differenti, che si alterneranno a metà del periodo espositivo per motivi conservativi: una proveniente dal Museo d’Arte Orientale Edoardo Chiossone di Genova, l’altra dalla collezione Kawasaki Isago no Sato Museum, così come tante altre importanti silografie della serie Trentasei vedute del Monte Fuji confrontabili in doppia versione.

2- Beltà alla moda

Una serie di notevoli dipinti su rotolo e silografie policrome dedicate al ritratto di beltà femminili e cortigiane delle famose case da tè del rinomato quartiere di piacere di Yoshiwara mettono a confronto lo stile del maestro Hokusai con quello di alcuni tra i suoi allievi più famosi tra cui Gessai Utamasa, Ryūryūkyō Shinsai, Hokumei, Teisai Hokuba.

In particolare si sottolinea la novità della composizione di Keisai Eisen, grande personalità nel campo del ritratto femminile, che redige un vero reportage di moda, avvolgendo le sue donne e mettendole in posa così da evidenziarne i kimono e gli obi imponenti, i tessuti raffinatissimi dai motivi ricercati, coloratissimi e sempre studiati nel particolare più minuto.

In questo contesto è stata pensata anche una piccola ma raffinata raccolta di immagini legate alla seduzione e al mondo del piacere e dell’erotismo che mettono a confronto Hokusai ed Eisen attraverso silografie “pericolose” (abunae), in cui si intuiscono situazioni di scambio amoroso senza svelarne l’aspetto sessuale, sublimato attraverso la bellezza di stoffe e abiti che coprono i corpi e fanno sognare, e le famose pagine del volume erotico di Hokusai “Kinoe no Komatsu”.

3- Fortuna e buon augurio

Nel formato della silografia, di Eisen in questo caso, e attraverso una serie di undici dipinti su rotolo di Hokusai che rappresentano le divinità popolari della fortuna, si evince uno dei soggetti in voga all'epoca come portafortuna, protezione, augurio per occasioni speciali. Tutte opere esposte per la prima volta in Italia.

4- Catturare l’essenza della natura

Hokusai e allievi a confronto attraverso una serie di dipinti su rotolo provenienti dal Giappone sul tema della natura e degli animali per sottolineare i motivi classici della pittura di “fiori e uccelli” e la valenza simbolica di alcuni animali quali il drago, la tigre, la carpa, il gallo riproposti nello stile di ciascun artista.

5- Manga e manuali per imparare

La serie completa dei 15 volumi di Manga di Hokusai sono esposti in questa sezione e rimandano ai tratti e alla forza che il maestro sa dare a ogni creatura che decide di rappresentare ma anche alla sua volontà di insegnare le regole della pittura ad artisti e appassionati. A fianco dei volumi di Hokusai, un album dell’allievo Shotei ripercorre i soggetti e le forme del maestro proponendo pagine simili fitte di disegni e schizzi.

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Luogo

Museo dell'Ara Pacis

Orario

Dal 12 ottobre 2017 al 14 gennaio 2018
Tutti i giorni 9.30-19.30
24 e 31 dicembre ore 9.30-14.00

La biglietteria chiude un'ora prima
Chiuso il 25 dicembre e 1 gennaio

Biglietto d'ingresso

Biglietto solo mostra:

€ 11,00 intero; € 9,00€ ridotto

Informazioni

Tel. 060608 tutti i giorni ore 9.00-19.00

Le 100 Vedute del Monte Fuji ad Arcore

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Allo stesso momento, dopo il grande successo della mostra a Milano, Hokusai ritorna in Lombardia e questa volta ad Arcore. Sabato 7 ottobre è stata inaugurata la mostra a ingresso libero dal titolo “HOKUSAI. 100 vedute del Fuji. Cento modi per parlare di Dio senza mai nominarlo”. L’esibizione a cura di Bruno Gallotta e Alberto Moioli ha sede presso le Scuderie di Villa Borromeo e permetterà al pubblico di vedere 102 immagini create dalla mano del grande artista giapponese.

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Questa mostra racconta dell’interpretazione spirituale che l’artista giapponese ha inconsciamente (o volutamente) inserito nelle sue opere.

“È ormai accertato che Hokusai fu un fedele buddista ed è altrettanto certo che fu una persona colta: sapeva bene quindi che “FU NI”, oltre ad essere uno dei modi possibili per scrivere il nome del famoso vulcano, è un’espressione particolarmente significativa del buddismo Mahàyanà cui appartengono tutte le tradizioni buddiste diffuse in Cina e Giappone”, affermano gli organizzatori.
“Questa mostra si prefigge il compito di dimostrare che il monte Fuji assunto da Hokusai come simbolo spirituale e chiamato “FU NI” contempla entrambe le accezioni. A tale scopo sono state approntate, per i visitatori interessati, alcune copie del testo esegetico disponibili per la consultazione gratuita”.

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Grazie al patrocinio dell’Ufficio Europeo del Buddhismo Zen (Soto), arriva finalmente ad Arcore dopo aver toccato Lodi nel 2015 e Piacenza nel 2016 come parte delle celebrazioni per i 150 anni di relazioni fra Italia e Giappone.

La mostra è aperta solo sabato e domenica dalle 10 alle 19.

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Programma ed eventi collaterali

Luogo

Scuderie di Villa Borromeo

Orario

7 – 22 ottobre 2017
sabato e domenica dalle 10 alle 19

Eventi collaterali

Domenica 8 Ottobre alle 17 incontro con Giuseppe Jiso Forzani “Arte, natura, religione nella sensibilità giapponese”

Martedì 10 ottobre al Cinema Teatro Nuovo di Arcore sarà proiettato in italiano il film del British Museum di Londra dedicato al maestro giapponese.

Sabato 14 Ottobre alle 17 incontro con Bruno Gallotta “Hokusai: un’inedita lettura” Una chiave interpretativa finora inesplorata”

Sabato 21 ottobre alle 17 incontro con Ornella Civardi “Jisei” – Reading di poesie giapponesi con l’accompagnamento musicale al violoncello di Alexander Zyumbrovskiy[:en]

Hokusai: In the footsteps of the master

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Katsushika Hokusai (葛 飾 北 斎?, Edo, October or November 1760 - Edo, May 10, 1849) was a Japanese painter and engraver, mainly known for his ukiyo-e works. This is an art genre typical of Japan and it consists of a print on paper with a wooden mold, thriving in the Edo period.

With a career over sixty years long where he explored various forms of art, he is known by the public mainly thanks to his famous 'Hundred views of Mount Fuji'. In particular the "Kanagawa Great Wave", which has become the symbol of this collection, is now part of the mass culture. His works not only spread all over the world, but have also been a source of inspiration for many European impressionist artists such as Claude Monet, and many post-Impressionists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin.

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For some years now, Italy has been hosting several exhibitions dedicated to this great artist. First in Milan at the Museo del '900 and now in Rome. In fact, from October 12, 2017 to January 14, 2018, at the Ara Pacis Museum, Hokusai's works will be available to the public in an exhibition called "In The Footsteps of the Master". A great display that illustrates and compares about 200 works from Master Hokusai’s production with those of the artists that followed in his footsteps.

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The exhibition held at the Royal Palace in Milan preceded the one held at the British Museum in London, and now in the Italian capital it is possible to admire works gathered from different museums and collections. Among others, the Chiba City Museum of Art, and important Japanese collectors like Uragami Mitsuru Collection and Kawasaki Isago no Sato Museum, as well as the Museo d’arte Orientale Edoardo Chiossone in Genoa.

As we mentioned before, this exhibition illustrates and compares Master Hokusai’s production with that of some of the artists who followed in his footsteps, creating new lines, new shapes, new colors, and a new ukiyo-e school.

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From nature to kabuki actors, from female beauties to warriors, arriving to the imagery of ghosts, spirits and semi-legendary beings, these will be the themes that visitors will find on display. The techniques and formats Hokusai used for his works varies greatly. From ink and color painting realised on vertical or horizontal scrolls, to polychromatic xylographies of all sizes, to the finest surimi. The latter were used as greeting cards, invitations for tea ceremonies and more.

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From the press release of the exhibition, we can read that the showcase consists of five sections that will cover the most fashionable and most sought themes from the market of the time:

1- MEISHŌ: places not to be missed

It features the most famous series of Hokusai: the Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji, the Eight views of Ōmi, the three volumes on the Hundred views of Fuji and a scroll painting of Mount Fuji, presented for the first time in Italy and in absolute preview.

This section illustrates travel destinations and famous places that a Japanese of the Edo period shouldn’t absolutely miss or at least had to know: waterfalls, bridges and natural places of the faraway provinces, views of Mount Fuji from renowned spots, inns and restaurants, and postal towns along the Tōkaido road that connected Edo (Tokyo) to Kyoto.

There is also Hokusai’s "Great Wave", which can be appreciated in two different versions that will be alternated halfway through the exposition for conservative reasons: one from the Museo d’arte Orientale Edoardo Chiossone of Genoa, the other from the Kawasaki Isago no Sato Museum collection, as well as many other important xyloghaphies of the Thirty-eight views of Mount Fuji comparable in their double version..

2- Fashionable beauty

A series of remarkable scroll paintings and polygraphic xylographies dedicated to the portraits of female beauties and courtesans from the famous tea houses in Yoshiwara's renowned entertainment district compares the style of master Hokusai with that of some of his most famous students including Gessai Utamasa, Ryūryūkyō Shinsai, Hokumei, Teisai Hokuba.

In particular, it underlines the novelty of Keisai Eisen’s composition, great personality in the field of female portrait, that draws a true fashion reportage, wrapping up his women and putting them in a position able to highlight their kimonos and imposing obi, refined fabrics with elegant motifs, very colorful and always designed down to the smallest detail.

In this context, it has also been included a small but sophisticated collection of images linked to seduction and the world of pleasure and eroticism, that compares Hokusai with Eisen through "dangerous"  (abunae) xyloghraphies, in which  some love-exchange situations can be perceived without revealing its sexual aspect, sublimated through the beauty of fabrics and clothes that cover the bodies and make the audience dream, as well as the famous pages of Hokusai’s erotic volume "Kinoe no Komatsu".

3- Fortune and good deed

In a xylography format, belonging to Eisen in this case, and through a series of eleven scroll paintings by Hokusai representing people’s divinities of fortune, the audience can see some of the most popular subjects of the time like charms, protections, wish for special occasions. All works exhibited for the first time in Italy.

4- Capture the essence of nature

A comparison between Hokusai and his students through a series of scroll paintings from Japan on the theme of nature and animals to emphasize the classic motifs of painting with "flowers and birds", and the symbolic value of some animals such as dragon, tiger, carp, rooster reproposed in the style of each artist.

5- Manga and manuals to learn

The complete series of 15 volumes of Hokusai's Mangas are displayed in this section and it refer to the traits and the strength that the master is able to give to every creature he decides to represent, but also to his will to teach the rules of painting to artists and enthusiasts. Beside Hokusai’s volumes, an album of his student Shotei retraces subjects and forms of his master offering similar pages full of drawings and sketches.

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Where

Museo dell'Ara Pacis

Time

From October 12, 2017 to January 14, 2018
Every day  9.30-19.30
On December 24 and 31 9.30-14.00

The ticket office closes an hour before
Closed on December 25 and January 1

Admission ticket

Exhibition only:

€ 11,00 whole-price ticket; € 9,00€ reduced-price ticket

Info

Tel. 060608 every day 9.00-19.00

The 100 views of Mount Fuji in Arcore

Photo credits: arapacis.it

At the same time, after the great success of the exhibition in Milan, Hokusai returns to Lombardy and this time comes to Arcore.  The free entrance exhibition entitled "HOKUSAI. 100 views of Fuji. One hundred ways to talk about God without ever naming him” inaugurated on Saturday, October 7. The exhibition organised by Bruno Gallotta and Alberto Moioli is hosted by the Scuderie of Villa Borromeo and will allow the public to see 102 images created by the hand of the great Japanese artist.

Photo credits: wikipedia.org 

This exhibition illustrates the spiritual interpretation that the Japanese artist has unconsciously (or deliberately) inserted into his works.

“It has been proven that Hokusai was a faithful Buddhist and is equally certain that he was an educated person: so he knew well that "FU NI", as well as being one of the possible ways to write the name of the famous volcano, is a particularly significant expression of the Mahayana Buddhism from which derived all the Buddhist traditions that spread in China and Japan”, the organisers say.
“This exhibition aims to demonstrate that the Mount Fuji used by Hokusai as a spiritual symbol and called "FU NI" contemplates both meanings. For this purpose, for interested visitors, some copies of the exegetical text have been prepared and are available for free consultation”.

Photo credits: wikipedia.org 

Thanks to the sponsorship of the European Office of Zen Buddhism (Soto), the showcase finally comes to Arcore after having touched Lodi in 2015 and Piacenza in 2016 as part of the celebrations for 150 years of relationship between Italy and Japan.

The exhibition is open only on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 7pm.

Photo credits: wikipedia.org 

Schedule and related events

Where

Scuderie of Villa Borromeo

When

October 7 – 22, 2017
Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 7pm

Related events

Sunday, October 8 at 17pm, meeting with Giuseppe Jiso Forzani "Art, Nature, Religion in Japanese Sensibility"

Tuesday, October 10, at the Nuovo Teatro Cinema of Arcore, the film dedicated to the Japanese master and created by the British Museum of London will be screened in Italian.

Saturday, October 14 at 17pm, meeting with Bruno Gallotta "Hokusai: An Unprecedented Reading" An interpretative key still unexplored ".

Saturday, October 21 at 17 pm meeting with Ornella Civardi "Jisei" - Reading of Japanese poems with the musical accompaniment of Alexander Zyumbrovskiy’s cello.[:ja]

Hokusai: In the footsteps of the master

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Katsushika Hokusai (葛 飾 北 斎?, Edo, October or November 1760 - Edo, May 10, 1849) was a Japanese painter and engraver, mainly known for his ukiyo-e works. This is an art genre typical of Japan and it consists of a print on paper with a wooden mold, thriving in the Edo period.

With a career over sixty years long where he explored various forms of art, he is known by the public mainly thanks to his famous 'Hundred views of Mount Fuji'. In particular the "Kanagawa Great Wave", which has become the symbol of this collection, is now part of the mass culture. His works not only spread all over the world, but have also been a source of inspiration for many European impressionist artists such as Claude Monet, and many post-Impressionists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin.

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For some years now, Italy has been hosting several exhibitions dedicated to this great artist. First in Milan at the Museo del '900 and now in Rome. In fact, from October 12, 2017 to January 14, 2018, at the Ara Pacis Museum, Hokusai's works will be available to the public in an exhibition called "In The Footsteps of the Master". A great display that illustrates and compares about 200 works from Master Hokusai’s production with those of the artists that followed in his footsteps.

Photo credits: arapacis.it

The exhibition held at the Royal Palace in Milan preceded the one held at the British Museum in London, and now in the Italian capital it is possible to admire works gathered from different museums and collections. Among others, the Chiba City Museum of Art, and important Japanese collectors like Uragami Mitsuru Collection and Kawasaki Isago no Sato Museum, as well as the Museo d’arte Orientale Edoardo Chiossone in Genoa.

As we mentioned before, this exhibition illustrates and compares Master Hokusai’s production with that of some of the artists who followed in his footsteps, creating new lines, new shapes, new colors, and a new ukiyo-e school.

Photo credits: arapacis.it

From nature to kabuki actors, from female beauties to warriors, arriving to the imagery of ghosts, spirits and semi-legendary beings, these will be the themes that visitors will find on display. The techniques and formats Hokusai used for his works varies greatly. From ink and color painting realised on vertical or horizontal scrolls, to polychromatic xylographies of all sizes, to the finest surimi. The latter were used as greeting cards, invitations for tea ceremonies and more.

Photo credits: arapacis.it

From the press release of the exhibition, we can read that the showcase consists of five sections that will cover the most fashionable and most sought themes from the market of the time:

1- MEISHŌ: places not to be missed

It features the most famous series of Hokusai: the Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji, the Eight views of Ōmi, the three volumes on the Hundred views of Fuji and a scroll painting of Mount Fuji, presented for the first time in Italy and in absolute preview.

This section illustrates travel destinations and famous places that a Japanese of the Edo period shouldn’t absolutely miss or at least had to know: waterfalls, bridges and natural places of the faraway provinces, views of Mount Fuji from renowned spots, inns and restaurants, and postal towns along the Tōkaido road that connected Edo (Tokyo) to Kyoto.

There is also Hokusai’s "Great Wave", which can be appreciated in two different versions that will be alternated halfway through the exposition for conservative reasons: one from the Museo d’arte Orientale Edoardo Chiossone of Genoa, the other from the Kawasaki Isago no Sato Museum collection, as well as many other important xyloghaphies of the Thirty-eight views of Mount Fuji comparable in their double version..

2- Fashionable beauty

A series of remarkable scroll paintings and polygraphic xylographies dedicated to the portraits of female beauties and courtesans from the famous tea houses in Yoshiwara's renowned entertainment district compares the style of master Hokusai with that of some of his most famous students including Gessai Utamasa, Ryūryūkyō Shinsai, Hokumei, Teisai Hokuba.

In particular, it underlines the novelty of Keisai Eisen’s composition, great personality in the field of female portrait, that draws a true fashion reportage, wrapping up his women and putting them in a position able to highlight their kimonos and imposing obi, refined fabrics with elegant motifs, very colorful and always designed down to the smallest detail.

In this context, it has also been included a small but sophisticated collection of images linked to seduction and the world of pleasure and eroticism, that compares Hokusai with Eisen through "dangerous"  (abunae) xyloghraphies, in which  some love-exchange situations can be perceived without revealing its sexual aspect, sublimated through the beauty of fabrics and clothes that cover the bodies and make the audience dream, as well as the famous pages of Hokusai’s erotic volume "Kinoe no Komatsu".

3- Fortune and good deed

In a xylography format, belonging to Eisen in this case, and through a series of eleven scroll paintings by Hokusai representing people’s divinities of fortune, the audience can see some of the most popular subjects of the time like charms, protections, wish for special occasions. All works exhibited for the first time in Italy.

4- Capture the essence of nature

A comparison between Hokusai and his students through a series of scroll paintings from Japan on the theme of nature and animals to emphasize the classic motifs of painting with "flowers and birds", and the symbolic value of some animals such as dragon, tiger, carp, rooster reproposed in the style of each artist.

5- Manga and manuals to learn

The complete series of 15 volumes of Hokusai's Mangas are displayed in this section and it refer to the traits and the strength that the master is able to give to every creature he decides to represent, but also to his will to teach the rules of painting to artists and enthusiasts. Beside Hokusai’s volumes, an album of his student Shotei retraces subjects and forms of his master offering similar pages full of drawings and sketches.

Photo credits: arapacis.it

Where

Museo dell'Ara Pacis

Time

From October 12, 2017 to January 14, 2018
Every day  9.30-19.30
On December 24 and 31 9.30-14.00

The ticket office closes an hour before
Closed on December 25 and January 1

Admission ticket

Exhibition only:

€ 11,00 whole-price ticket; € 9,00€ reduced-price ticket

Info

Tel. 060608 every day 9.00-19.00

The 100 views of Mount Fuji in Arcore

Photo credits: arapacis.it

At the same time, after the great success of the exhibition in Milan, Hokusai returns to Lombardy and this time comes to Arcore.  The free entrance exhibition entitled "HOKUSAI. 100 views of Fuji. One hundred ways to talk about God without ever naming him” inaugurated on Saturday, October 7. The exhibition organised by Bruno Gallotta and Alberto Moioli is hosted by the Scuderie of Villa Borromeo and will allow the public to see 102 images created by the hand of the great Japanese artist.

Photo credits: wikipedia.org 

This exhibition illustrates the spiritual interpretation that the Japanese artist has unconsciously (or deliberately) inserted into his works.

“It has been proven that Hokusai was a faithful Buddhist and is equally certain that he was an educated person: so he knew well that "FU NI", as well as being one of the possible ways to write the name of the famous volcano, is a particularly significant expression of the Mahayana Buddhism from which derived all the Buddhist traditions that spread in China and Japan”, the organisers say.
“This exhibition aims to demonstrate that the Mount Fuji used by Hokusai as a spiritual symbol and called "FU NI" contemplates both meanings. For this purpose, for interested visitors, some copies of the exegetical text have been prepared and are available for free consultation”.

Photo credits: wikipedia.org 

Thanks to the sponsorship of the European Office of Zen Buddhism (Soto), the showcase finally comes to Arcore after having touched Lodi in 2015 and Piacenza in 2016 as part of the celebrations for 150 years of relationship between Italy and Japan.

The exhibition is open only on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 7pm.

Photo credits: wikipedia.org 

Schedule and related events

Where

Scuderie of Villa Borromeo

When

October 7 – 22, 2017
Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 7pm

Related events

Sunday, October 8 at 17pm, meeting with Giuseppe Jiso Forzani "Art, Nature, Religion in Japanese Sensibility"

Tuesday, October 10, at the Nuovo Teatro Cinema of Arcore, the film dedicated to the Japanese master and created by the British Museum of London will be screened in Italian.

Saturday, October 14 at 17pm, meeting with Bruno Gallotta "Hokusai: An Unprecedented Reading" An interpretative key still unexplored ".

Saturday, October 21 at 17 pm meeting with Ornella Civardi "Jisei" - Reading of Japanese poems with the musical accompaniment of Alexander Zyumbrovskiy’s cello.[:]


[:it]Japan Italy: I “Ponti di luce” di Ōki Izumi[:en]Japan Italy: Ōki Izumi's "Ponti di luce" (Bridges of Light)[:ja]Japan Italy: Ōki Izumi's "Ponti di luce" (Bridges of Light)[:]

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I “Ponti di luce” di Ōki Izumi in mostra a Genova

Photo credits: artslife.com

Ōki Izumi, scultrice nata a Tokyo in Giappone, ha studiato letteratura, pittura e scultura con Aiko Miyawaki, Taku Iwasaki e Yoshishige Saito. Nel 1997 ha vinto una borsa di studio da parte del governo italiano e nel 1981 si è laureata all’accademia di Brera sotto la guida di Giancarlo Marchese.

Ha partecipato a diverse installazioni fra Italia, Giappone e altre nazioni. La più recente è “Ponti di Luce” in mostra a Genova dal 19 aprile 2017 al 1 ottobre 2017 presso Museo d’Arte Orientale Edoardo Chiossone. Questa particolare mostra è un dialogo tra le opere permanenti del museo e le sculture contemporanee della scultrice nipponica.

Un ponte tra Giappone e Italia, tra antico e moderno. Qui le sculture dal tipico colore verde-azzurro del vetro industriale, unico materiale utilizzato dall’artista, ricordano gli elementi naturali. Aria e acqua intraprendono un dialogo con il preziosissimo patrimonio di arte giapponese ed orientale, raccolto in Giappone durante il periodo Meiji (1868-1912) da Edoardo Chiossone.

Curve sinuose e angoli smussati

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Il museo ospita opere giapponesi di varie epoche, pitture, armi e armature, ceramiche, maschere e una ricca collezione di grandi sculture del Giappone, della Cina e del Siam.

Come abbiamo detto poco fa, la mostra “Ponti di Luce” è incentrata sulla lavorazione del vetro industriale, che si trasforma nelle mani dell’artista. Tra curve sinuose e angoli smussati, le opere diventano uno skyline trasparente che rappresenta “Passato-Presente-Futuro”, le onde dei mari giapponesi, conchiglie surrealiste e prismi luminosi. I loro riflessi baluginano sulle opere d’arte antica in esposizione nella stessa sala.

Le opere di Izumi sono fatte di stratificazioni. Lastre assemblate mentre la trasparenza della materia diventa parte integrante del luogo e varia costantemente grazie alla luce e ai riflessi che si vengono a creare.

Photo credits: artslife.com

Tutto parte da una progettazione dettagliata e precisa, fatta di calcoli numerici che dal bozzetto diventano sculture. Non importa in che dimensioni vengano realizzate, che siano piccoli gioielli o grandi installazioni, in questi lavori è possibile trovare tutta l’accuratezza e l’attenzione tipicamente orientale.

Lo scopo delle opere

Lo scopo, conferma l’artista, è proprio quello di sottolineare, metterla a nudo attraverso la trasformazione di un materiale duro e poco malleabile in qualcosa di morbido e plasmabile, l’armonia delle forme e far riflettere lo spettatore. Oki Izumi ha voluto far risaltare ancora una volta il contrasto fra antichità e modernità evidenziando i punti di contatto tra le due sfere temporali. Un’arte in costante evoluzione che con il passare degli anni si sveste di tutti gli eccessi per prendere una piega sempre più concettuale e poetica.

Photo credits: artslife.com

La mostra è patrocinata dall’Istituto Giapponese di Cultura ed è inserita nelle celebrazioni ufficiali del 150° Anniversario delle relazioni tra Giappone e Italia.

DOVE: Museo d’Arte Orientale Edoardo Chiossone, piazzale Giuseppe Mazzini 4, Genova
QUANDO: da mercoledì 19 aprile a domenica 1 ottobre 2017, mar-ven 09:00 – 19:00; sab-dom 10:00 – 19:30

Per info: museochiossone@comune.genova.it
Tel. 010542285

www.chiossone.museidigenova.it


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 Ōki Izumi's "Ponti di luce" (Bridges of Light) on display in Genoa

Photo credits: artslife.com

Ōki Izumi, a sculptor born in Tokyo, Japan, studied literature, painting and sculpture with Aiko Miyawaki, Taku Iwasaki and Yoshishige Saito. In 1997 she won a scholarship from the Italian government and in 1981 she graduated at the Brera Academy under the guidance of Giancarlo Marchese.

She has participated in several installations between Italy, Japan and other nations. The most recent one is "Ponti di Luce" on display in Genoa from 19 April 2017 to 1 October 2017 at the The Edoardo Chiossone Museum of Oriental Art. This particular exhibition is a dialogue between the permanent works of the museum and the contemporary sculptures of this Japanese sculptor.

A bridge between Japan and Italy, between ancient and modern. Here, the sculptures with the typical blue-green color of the industrial glass, the only material used by the artist, recall natural elements. Air and water undertake a dialogue with the precious Japanese and Oriental art heritage, gathered in Japan during the Meiji period (1868-1912) by Edoardo Chiossone.

Sinuous curves and beveled corner

Photo credits: artslife.com

The museum houses Japanese works of various ages, paintings, weapons and armors, pottery, masks and a rich collection of big sculptures from Japan, China and Siam.

As we have just said, the exhibition "Ponti di Luce" focuses on the processing of industrial glass, which transforms in the hands of the artist. Between sinuous curves and beveled corners, her works becomes a transparent skyline representing "Past-Present-Future", the waves of Japanese seas, surrealistic shells and bright prisms. Their reflections glimmer on the ancient artworks in the same hall.

Izumi's works are made of stratifications. Plates assembled while the transparency of the matter becomes an integral part of the place, and constantly changes thanks to the light and the reflections that are created.

Photo credits: artslife.com

Everything starts with a detailed and precise design, made of numerical calculations that from a rough sketch become sculpture. Regardless of their size, whether they are small jewelry or large installations, in these artworks you can find all the typical Oriental accuracy and attention.

The purpose of the works

The purpose, as the artist confirms, is to emphasize the harmony of shapes and make the spectator reflect by baring it through the transformation of a hard and hardly malleable material into something soft and pliable. Oki Izumi once again wanted to emphasize the contrast between antiquity and modernity, highlighting the contact points between the two spheres of time. An evolving art that over the years frees herself from all excesses becoming more and more conceptual and poetic.

Photo credits: artslife.com

The exhibition is sponsored by the Japanese Cultural Institute and is included in the official celebrations of the 150th Anniversary of the Relationships between Japan and Italy.

WHERE: The Edoardo Chiossone Museum of Oriental Art, piazzale Giuseppe Mazzini 4, Genoa
WHEN: from 19 April, Wednesday, to 1 October 2017,Sunday.  Tue-Fri 09:00 – 19:00; Sat-Sun 10:00 – 19:30

Info: museochiossone@comune.genova.it
Tel. 010542285

www.chiossone.museidigenova.it


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 Ōki Izumi's "Ponti di luce" (Bridges of Light) on display in Genoa

Photo credits: artslife.com

Ōki Izumi, a sculptor born in Tokyo, Japan, studied literature, painting and sculpture with Aiko Miyawaki, Taku Iwasaki and Yoshishige Saito. In 1997 she won a scholarship from the Italian government and in 1981 she graduated at the Brera Academy under the guidance of Giancarlo Marchese.

She has participated in several installations between Italy, Japan and other nations. The most recent one is "Ponti di Luce" on display in Genoa from 19 April 2017 to 1 October 2017 at the The Edoardo Chiossone Museum of Oriental Art. This particular exhibition is a dialogue between the permanent works of the museum and the contemporary sculptures of this Japanese sculptor.

A bridge between Japan and Italy, between ancient and modern. Here, the sculptures with the typical blue-green color of the industrial glass, the only material used by the artist, recall natural elements. Air and water undertake a dialogue with the precious Japanese and Oriental art heritage, gathered in Japan during the Meiji period (1868-1912) by Edoardo Chiossone.

Sinuous curves and beveled corner

Photo credits: artslife.com

The museum houses Japanese works of various ages, paintings, weapons and armors, pottery, masks and a rich collection of big sculptures from Japan, China and Siam.

As we have just said, the exhibition "Ponti di Luce" focuses on the processing of industrial glass, which transforms in the hands of the artist. Between sinuous curves and beveled corners, her works becomes a transparent skyline representing "Past-Present-Future", the waves of Japanese seas, surrealistic shells and bright prisms. Their reflections glimmer on the ancient artworks in the same hall.

Izumi's works are made of stratifications. Plates assembled while the transparency of the matter becomes an integral part of the place, and constantly changes thanks to the light and the reflections that are created.

Photo credits: artslife.com

Everything starts with a detailed and precise design, made of numerical calculations that from a rough sketch become sculpture. Regardless of their size, whether they are small jewelry or large installations, in these artworks you can find all the typical Oriental accuracy and attention.

The purpose of the works

The purpose, as the artist confirms, is to emphasize the harmony of shapes and make the spectator reflect by baring it through the transformation of a hard and hardly malleable material into something soft and pliable. Oki Izumi once again wanted to emphasize the contrast between antiquity and modernity, highlighting the contact points between the two spheres of time. An evolving art that over the years frees herself from all excesses becoming more and more conceptual and poetic.

Photo credits: artslife.com

The exhibition is sponsored by the Japanese Cultural Institute and is included in the official celebrations of the 150th Anniversary of the Relationships between Japan and Italy.

WHERE: The Edoardo Chiossone Museum of Oriental Art, piazzale Giuseppe Mazzini 4, Genoa
WHEN: from 19 April, Wednesday, to 1 October 2017,Sunday.  Tue-Fri 09:00 – 19:00; Sat-Sun 10:00 – 19:30

Info: museochiossone@comune.genova.it
Tel. 010542285

www.chiossone.museidigenova.it


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[:it]Japan Italy: Etegami "Alla scoperta dell’Italia attraverso gli occhi dei bambini giapponesi"[:en]Japan Italy: Etegami "Discovering Italy through the eyes of Japanese children"[:ja]Japan Italy: Etegami "Discovering Italy through the eyes of Japanese children"[:]

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Etegami: alla scoperta dell’Italia attraverso gli occhi dei bambini giapponesi

L’Italia si sa, è uno dei Paesi più belli e apprezzati nel mondo non solo grazie ai bellissimi paesaggi, ma soprattutto alla profonda ricchezza culturale che la nostra nazione offre. Dal 16 giugno 2017, a Pisa, è in corso la mostra “Etegami. Come i bambini giapponesi vedono l’Italia”. Questa mostra è stata organizzata dalla Fondazione Italia Giappone e patrocinata dal Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale, dall’Ambasciata del Giappone e dall’Istituto Giapponese di Cultura. In esposizione ci sono i lavori di diversi bambini giapponesi ai quali è stato chiesto di descrivere l’Italia con i loro occhi. I risultati non sono solo impressionanti ma anche commoventi.

Photo Credits : http://www.italiagiappone.it/attivita_etegami.html

Ma cos’è precisamente un Etegami? L’Etegami è uno dei metodi più popolari e più amati dal popolo giapponese. Consiste nel disegnare immagini semplici accompagnate da messaggi brevi e sentiti utilizzano inchiostro nero per definire contorni e scritte, ed acquerelli colorati per realizzare gli interni. Nonostante non tutte le cartoline inviate dai bambini seguissero questo stile preciso, tutte si basavano sui 7 principi cardine dell’Etegami, fissati da Kunio Koike negli anni Sessanta.

Photo Credits : http://www.italiagiappone.it/attivita_etegami.html

I 7 principi cardine dell’Etegami

Dal sito della Fondazione Italia Giappone:

1. Essere bravi va bene, non essere bravi va meglio

Il motto delle Etegami è “essere bravi va bene, non essere bravi è meglio”.

Se il disegno è stato fatto con impegno e con sentimento non è necessario essere stati abili. In una Etegami scritta in modo personale e con impegno si avverte la personalità di un individuo. La cosa importante è il modo di intendere questa cartolina: l’opera deve essere unica e originale; anche se non si è bravi è un’opera unica.

2. Non fare la brutta copia

Nelle Etegami non esiste il concetto di “ho sbagliato..!”. Quindi, ogni volta si fa sul serio. Quando facciamo la brutta copia abbiamo l’idea di dover fare nel modo migliore e di fare un lavoro splendido preoccupandoci di fare bella figura.

L’apparenza finisce per avere la priorità su un’opera che ci identifichi. E’ una cartolina riuscita se mostra il volto al naturale della persona che l’ha realizzata. Le Etegami improvvisata e senza brutta copia deve trasmettere lo stato d’animo del momento in cui è stata scritta e ciò che si voleva esprimere in quell’attimo.

3. Disegnare dopo aver osservato bene e disegnare in grande

Le Etegami non hanno un modello imposto. Al contrario, hanno “il principio di fissare strenuamente senza mai distogliere lo sguardo”, cioè disegnare dopo aver osservato attentamente l’originale. Se guardiamo attentamente la frutta, la verdura, i fiori e tutte le altre cose che sono intorno a noi, ci accorgiamo di particolari che fino ad allora non avevamo notato.

Sulle cartoline “Etegami” suggeriamo di “disegnare in grande”. Aumentando le dimensioni anche due o tre volte e a furia di guardare con attenzione, quasi senza accorgersene, lo spirito di osservazione si andrà affinando. Anche se sulla cartolina non ci sta tutto il disegno, non è un problema. La persona che guarda immaginerà a modo suo la parte non disegnata.

4. Raffigurare una cosa sola

Alle persone che per la prima volta iniziano a disegnare una Etegami, consigliamo di scegliere un solo soggetto. E’ necessario continuare a fissarlo senza distoglierne lo sguardo.

Photo Credits : http://www.italiagiappone.it/attivita_etegami.html

5. Tracciare le linee con cura e lentamente

Quando facciamo le linee di contorno in fretta, finiamo per dimenticare di osservare con attenzione. Se disegniamo lentamente possiamo farlo concentrandoci. Inoltre, più si procede lentamente, più facilmente penetra il sentimento. Lo scopo di tracciare una linea lentamente è “disegnare concentrando tutte le nostre energie nel pensare alla persona alla quale è dedicata”. Infatti un tratto espressivo è qualcosa che appare solo quando tracciamo un segno con tutte le nostre energie.

Quindi l’importante è disegnare concentrandosi per esprimere il proprio sentimento.

6. Spedire sempre quello che si è fatto

Spediamo sempre le Etegami che abbiamo fatto! Il senso di una cartolina non è: quando sono diventato bravo, la spedisco; visto che non è venuta come volevo non la spedisco! L’idea di fare uno sbaglio non appartiene alle Etegami. Quand’anche uno pensa di aver fatto male le Etegami, visto che è stata fatta secondo la propria personalità, questa rimane come ciò che ha fatto in quel momento. C’è un fascino particolare in questo.

Le Etegami distribuiscono felicità. Sia le persone che le disegnano sia quelle che le ricevono si divertono e diventano allegre. Spediamole sempre.

7. Scrivere le parole con il cuore

E’ importante che le parole a corredo del disegno siano poche e che siano scritte con naturalezza così come sono state sentite nel proprio animo. Non bisogna preoccuparsi se non sempre queste parole hanno relazione con le cose raffigurate.

Il bello delle Etegami è che non importa essere schiavi della rigida forma epistolare. Non sono necessarie le forme iniziali di saluto che si trovano di solito nelle lettere. Scriviamo con una calligrafia chiara pensando solo a chi leggerà.

Photo Credits : http://www.italiagiappone.it/attivita_etegami.html

I bambini si sa, sono il futuro del nostro mondo e l’Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Tokyo ha chiesto a diversi bambini giapponesi di disegnare l’Italia secondo la loro fantasia. I bambini delle scuole elementari e medie di tutto il Giappone hanno accolto questa richiesta e hanno disegnato oltre 25.000 Etegami che sono ora esposti a Pisa, al Museo della Grafica.

Photo Credits : http://www.italiagiappone.it/attivita_etegami.html

E’ emozionante vedere come questi disegni ci mostrino immagini curiose e suggestive di come i bambini del sol levante vedano il nostro bel Paese. Una visione dell’Italia in stile manga e anime, con all’interno le speranze, la fantasia e i sogni dei piccoli nipponici.

L’iniziativa nasce nell’ambito della Rassegna Italia in Giappone, la prima e più importante iniziativa promozionale del Sistema Italia all’estero. Iniziativa che ha visto il nostro paese protagonista in oltre 800 eventi in tutto il Giappone.

Photo Credits : http://www.italiagiappone.it/attivita_etegami.html

Edito da Polistampa, il catalogo della mostra ha una selezione di 300 Etegami suddivisi in sezioni dedicate alle città e monumenti storici, o aspetti caratteristici della vita e della cultura italiana come la musica e la cucina. C’è anche una particolare sezione dedicata interamente al personaggio di Pinocchio.

Una giuria composta da rappresentanti degli enti organizzatori e dal Professor Shigetoshi Osano, professore di Storia dell’Arte all’Università di Tokyo, ha selezionato i lavori più belli da pubblicare. Sono stati inoltre nominati tre vincitori ai quali è stato permesso di venire in Italia ospiti di Alitalia – Italia Tours.

Photo Credits : http://www.museodellagrafica.unipi.it

E’ possibile vedere la mostra dal 16 giugno 2017 al 30 settembre 2017 presso il Museo della grafica di Palazzo Lanfranchi a Pisa.

Info e Contatti:

museodellagrafica@adm.unipi.it

http://www.museodellagrafica.unipi.it[:en]

Etegami: discovering Italy through the eyes of Japanese children

Italy is recognized as one of the most beautiful and appreciated countries of the world thanks to not only its beautiful landscapes but also for the profound cultural riches that our country offers. An exhibition called “Etegami. How Japanese children see Italy” is being held in Pisa from June 16, 2017. This exhibition has been organized by the Japan Italy Foundation and The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, together with the Japanese Embassy and the Japan Cultural Institute. On display are the works of several Japanese children who were asked to describe Italy as they see it through their eyes. The results are not only impressive but also touching.

Photo Credits: http://www.italiagiappone.it/attivita_etegami.html

But what exactly is an Etegami? An Etegami is one of the most popular and loved methods used by Japanese people. It consists of a simple drawing accompanied by a short and heartfelt message using black ink to define lines and writing, and watercolours to realize the insides. Even if not all the postcards sent by children were done in this precise style, each and every one of them was based on the 7 fundamental principles of the Etegami, established by Kunio Koike in the 60s.

Photo Credits: http://www.italiagiappone.it/attivita_etegami.html

The 7 fundamental principles of Etegami

From the Japan Italy Foundation official site:

1. Being good is fine, but not being good is better

The motto of Etegami is “Being good is fine, but not being good is better”. If the drawing was done with commitment and passion it is not necessary to have high drawing skills. In an Etegami written in a personal style and with commitment, the personality of an individual is easily perceived. The most important thing is the way we look at the postcard: it has to be unique and original; even if you are not skilled it will still remain a unique piece of art.

2. Do not make a draft

In an Etegami, the concept of “I made a mistake..!” does not exist. So, every piece is the real thing. When we make a draft there’s the idea that we need to do everything in the best way and create a work of perfection while worrying about making a good impression. Appearance ends up taking priority over something that identifies ourselves. A postcard is deemed as a success when it is able to show the natural demeanour of the person who made it. An impromptu Etegami without a draft has to convey the mood of the moment in which it was realized and what it was meant to express is that moment.

3. Draw after an attentive observation and draw ‘big’

An Etegami does not have an imposed model. On the contrary, it has “the principle of strenuously gaze without averting the eyes”, or else, it is drawn after an attentive observation of the original subject. If we look hard at fruits, vegetables, flowers and all the other things that surround us, we will notice details we didn't notice before.

On “Etegami” postcards, we are advised to ‘draw big’. By increasing the size even two or three times the original, and through strenuous and attentive observation, our observation spirit will gradually sharpen without us realising it. Even if the card cannot contain the whole drawing it’s okay. The person looking at it will imagine the cut out parts in their own way.

4. Represent only one thing

To those who start to draw an Etegami for the first time, we suggest that they choose only one object. It is necessary to stare at it without averting the eyes from it.

Photo Credits : http://www.italiagiappone.it/attivita_etegami.html

5. Draw each line carefully and slowly

When we draw contour lines quickly we end up forgetting to observe with attention. If we draw slowly we can really focus on what we are doing. Moreover, the more slowly you proceed, the easier it will be for the feeling to penetrate. The aim of drawing a line slowly is "drawing while concentrating all our energies into thinking about the person to whom it is dedicated". In fact, an expressive line is something that only appears when we trace it with all our energies. So, the important thing is to draw while focusing on expressing our own feelings.

6. Always send what you have done

Let’s always send the Etegami we have realized! The meaning of this postcard is not: I’ll send it when I’ve become skilled; since it did not come out as I wanted it to, I won’t send it! The idea of making a mistake does not belong to Etegami. Even if one thinks he made a wrong Etegami, since it has been made according to his own personality, it still is what he did in that moment. There is a particular charm in this.

Etegami distribute happiness. Both people who draw them and people who receive them have fun and become cheerful. Let's always send them out.

7. Write words with all your heart

It is important that the words that accompany the drawing are few and that they are written naturally, as you have felt them in your mind. Do not worry if these words do not always relate to the things that are depicted. The good thing of Etegami is that it does not chain you to the rigid epistolary style. There is no need for the initial greeting formula usually found in letters. Let’s write with a clear handwriting thinking only of whom will read it.

Photo Credits : http://www.italiagiappone.it/attivita_etegami.html

Children are the future of our world, we all know this, and the The Italian Institute of Culture in Tokyo has asked several Japanese children to draw Italy based on their imagination. Primary and middle school children across Japan have met this request and have drawn over 25,000 Etegami that are now exhibited in Pisa, at the Museum of Graphics.

Photo Credits : http://www.italiagiappone.it/attivita_etegami.html

It is exciting to see how these drawings show us curious and suggestive images of how children of the rising sun country see our beautiful nation. A vision of Italy in in manga/anime style, filled with hopes, imagination and dreams of little Japanese children.

The initiative was born as part of ‘Italy in Japan’, the first and most important promotional initiative of the Sistema Italia (Italian System) abroad. Initiative that has seen our country protagonist in over 800 events throughout Japan.

Photo Credits : http://www.italiagiappone.it/attivita_etegami.html

Published by Polistampa, the catalog of the exhibition contains a selection of 300 Etegami divided into sections dedicated to cities and historical monuments, or characteristic aspects of Italian life and culture such as music and cooking. And there is also a special section entirely devoted to Pinocchio's character.

A jury of representatives of the organizing authorities together with Professor Shigetoshi Osano, professor of Art History at the University of Tokyo, selected the most beautiful works to be published. Three winners were also nominated and were allowed to come to Italy as guests of Alitalia - Italia Tours.

Photo Credits : http://www.museodellagrafica.unipi.it

It is possible to see the exhibition from June 16 to September 30, 2017, at the Museum of Graphics at Palazzo Lanfranchi in Pisa.

Info & Contact:

museodellagrafica@adm.unipi.it

http://www.museodellagrafica.unipi.it[:ja]

Etegami: discovering Italy through the eyes of Japanese children

Italy is recognized as one of the most beautiful and appreciated countries of the world not only thanks to its beautiful landscapes, but mainly for the profound cultural riches that our country offers. From June 16, 2017, in Pisa, is taking place an exhibition called “Etegami. How Japanese children see Italy”. This exhibition has been organized by the Japan Italy Foundation and by The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, together with the Japanese Embassy and the Japan Cultural Institute. On display, there are the works of several Japanese children that were asked to describe Italy as they see it through their eyes. The results are not only impressive but also touching.

Photo Credits : http://www.italiagiappone.it/attivita_etegami.html

But what is an Etegami exactly? An Etegami is one of the most popular and loved methods used by Japanese people. It consists in a simple drawing accompanied by a short and heartfelt message using black ink to define lines and writing, and watercolors to realize the insides. Even if not all the postcards sent by children were realized following this precise style, each and every one of them were based on the 7 fundamental principle of the Etegami, established by Kunio Koike in the 60s.

Photo Credits : http://www.italiagiappone.it/attivita_etegami.html

The 7 fundamental principle of Etegami

From the Japan Italy Foundation official site:

1. Being good is fine, but not being good is better

The motto of Etegami is “Being good is fine, but not being good is better”. If the drawing was done with commitment and passion it is not necessary to have high drawing skills. In an Etegami written in a personal style and with commitment, the personality of an individual is easily perceived. The most important thing is the way we look at the postcard: it has to be unique and original; even if you are not skilled it will still remain a unique piece of art.

2. Do not make a draft

In an Etegami, it doesn't exists the concept of “I made a mistake..!”. So, every time is the real thing. When we make a draft there’s the idea that we need to do everything in the best way and realize a perfect work worrying about making a good impression. Appearance ends up having priority over something that identifies us. A postcard is successful when it is able to show the natural face of the person who made it. An impromptu Etegami without a draft has to convey the mood of the moment in which it was realized and what it was meant to express is that moment.

3. Draw after an attentive observation and draw ‘big’

An Etegami does not have an imposed model. On the contrary, it has “the principle of strenuously gaze without averting the eyes”, or else, it is drawn after an attentive observation of the original subject. If we attentively look at fruit, vegetables, flowers and all the other things that surround us, we will notice details we didn't notice before.

On “Etegami” postcards we advice to ‘draw big’. By increasing the size even two or three times the original, and by a strenuous and attentive observation, almost without noticing it, our observation spirit will gradually sharpen. Even if the card cannot contain the whole drawing it’s ok. The person watching it will imagine the cut out part in his/her own way.

4. Represent only one thing

To those who start to draw an Etegami for the first time we suggest they choose only one object. It is necessary to stare at it without averting the eyes from it.

Photo Credits : http://www.italiagiappone.it/attivita_etegami.html

5.Draw each line carefully and slowly

When we draw contour lines quickly we end up forgetting to observe with attention. If we draw slowly we can really focus on what we are doing. Moreover, the more you proceed slowly, the easier it will be for the feeling to penetrate. The aim of drawing a line slowly is "drawing concentrating all our energies in thinking about the person to whom it is dedicated". In fact an expressive line is something that only appears when we trace it with all our energies. So, the important thing is to draw focusing on expressing our own feelings.

6.Always send what you have done

Let’s always send the Etegami we have realized! The meaning of this postcard is not: I’ll send it when I’ve become skilled; since it did not come out as I wanted it to, I won’t send it! The idea of making a mistake does not belong to Etegami. Even if one thinks he made a wrong Etegami, since it has been made according to his own personality, it still is what he did in that moment. There is a particular charm in this.

Etegami distribute happiness. Both people who draw them and people who receive them have fun and become cheerful. Let's always send them out.

7.Write words with all your heart

It is important that the words that accompany the drawing are few and that they are written naturally, as you have felt them in your mind. Do not worry if these words do not always relate to the things that are depicted. The good thing of Etegami is that it does not chain you to the rigid epistolary style. There is no need for the initial greeting formula usually found in letters. Let’s write with a clear handwriting thinking only of whom will read it.

Photo Credits : http://www.italiagiappone.it/attivita_etegami.html

Children are the future of our world, we all know this, and the The Italian Institute of Culture in Tokyo has asked several Japanese children to draw Italy according to their imagination. Primary and middle school children across Japan have met this request and have drawn over 25,000 Etegami that are now exhibited in Pisa, at the Museum of Graphics.

Photo Credits : http://www.italiagiappone.it/attivita_etegami.html

It is exciting to see how these drawings show us curious and suggestive images of how children of the rising sun country see our beautiful nation. A vision of Italy in in manga/anime style, filled with hopes, imagination and dreams of little Japanese children.

The initiative was born as part of ‘Italy in Japan’, the first and most important promotional initiative of the Sistema Italia (Italian System) abroad. Initiative that has seen our country protagonist in over 800 events throughout Japan.

Photo Credits : http://www.italiagiappone.it/attivita_etegami.html

Published by Polistampa, the catalog of the exhibition contains a selection of 300 Etegami divided into sections dedicated to cities and historical monuments, or characteristic aspects of Italian life and culture such as music and cooking. And there is also a special section entirely devoted to Pinocchio's character.

A jury of representatives of the organizing authorities together with Professor Shigetoshi Osano, professor of Art History at University of Tokyo, selected the most beautiful works to be published. Three winners were also nominated and were allowed to come to Italy as guests of Alitalia - Italia Tours.

Photo Credits : http://www.museodellagrafica.unipi.it

It is possible to see the exhibition from June 16, 2017 to September 30, 2017 at the Museum of Graphics at Palazzo Lanfranchi in Pisa.

Info & Contacts:

museodellagrafica@adm.unipi.it

http://www.museodellagrafica.unipi.it[:]


Japanese Culture: Lolita fashion

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Lolita fashion - (ロリータ・ファッション Rorīta fasshon)

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Molto probabilmente chi ha una vena molto romantica, sospesa in un tempo indefinito nel passato, vorrebbe apparire come una meravigliosa bambola di porcellana. Magari vorrebbe avere abiti talmente vezzosi da far invidia a Maria Antonietta e partecipare a Tea Party da favola.

Tutto questo è possibile farlo grazie al fenomeno Lolita, una delle più famose ed elaborate mode Giapponesi. Questa è un misto tra Barocco e stile Vittoriano , molto amata in patria ma conosciuta ormai in tutto il mondo.
Il nome evoca ma non celebra il romanzo di Vladimir Vladimirovič Nabokov, ma questa moda non è un tributo ad una giovane e provocante sensualità. Infatti questa rappresenta la bellezza che cela l’ingenuità, l’eleganza nel celare più che nello scoprire. In più, il nome Lolita è un Wasei-eigo, termine che include tutte quelle parole anglofone che in lingua originale hanno un significato completamente diverso o sono addirittura inesistenti, ma sono entrate nel dizionario Giapponese.

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Non si sa precisamente quando sia nato questo stile d’abbigliamento. Alcuni sostengono già dalla fine degli anni 70, benché effettivamente è diventato celebre verso la fine degli anni novanta. Questa moda è stata fortemente influenzata dal genere musicale Visual Kei. E non a caso, perchè questo tipo di musica è fortemente teatrale non solo nelle note ma anche nell’abbigliamento delle band stesse.

Esemplari sono i MALICE MIZER anche grazie a Mana co-fondatore e leader della band (chiamato anche Mana-sama dai suoi fans). Mana ha influenzata particolarmente la moda lolita coniando il termine “Gothic Lolita” e firmando il suo personale brand Moi-même-Moitié.

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Gothic Lolita e Sweet Lolita

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Lo stile Lolita e diviso in due correnti ben distinte (a loro volta divise in molteplici sottostili): il Gothic Lolita forse il più celebre, e lo Sweet Lolita.

GothLoli (ゴスロリ gosu rori): Il Gothic Lolita come detto è il genere più conosciuto ma questo nome viene erroneamente attribuito a tutta la moda. Colore dominante è il nero e né si celebrano tutte le più possibili sfumature. Non vengo però disdegnati nemmeno i colori scuri come il rosso bordeaux, il blu scuro, il viola o il verde smeraldo. Questi colori sono spesso utilizzati nelle stoffe come nel make-up con un pesante e drammatico smokey eyes e il rossetto che risalta su una cipria bianca. Di fatto è l’unica eccezione nella moda Lolita dove si utilizza questo tipo di cipria, perché negli altri stili si preferisce un look più naturale. I fitti ricami degli abiti si ispirano a macabri racconti con i loro teschi; o si ispirano a tematiche religiose con croci (appunto gotiche) presenti spesso anche nei gioielli. Bare usate come piccole borse e ombrellini neri di pizzo ne rifiniscono l’outfit.

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L’Aristocrat è uno dei numerosi sottogeneri del Gothloli ma più maturo e sobrio, come dice il termine stesso, volutamente “aristocratico” e molto elegante.
Dato che la moda Gothic Lolita si basa sullo stille Vittoriano, che come ricordiamo è l’emblema del gotico e del raffinato, c’è da notare la similitudine con lo stile più occidentale detto steampunk.

Ama-loli (甘ロリ ama rori): Lo Sweet Lolita invece predilige colori pastello preferibilmente il rosa. E lo stesso vale per il makeup qui meno drammatico, quasi più naturale. Resta comunque elaborato, enfatizzando gli occhi con toni rosati e ciglia finte per uno sguardo da bambola, così come nuance tenue per le labbra. Questo stile come il precedente prende spunto dall’epoca Vittoriana ma è più influenzato dal Rococò francese. È uno stile Lolita più “infantile”, e qui la fanno da padroni fiocchi e nastrini. Le trame dei vestiti sono ispirate al mondo delle favole, unicorni e piccole miniature di pasticcini francesi come i Macaron. Sono gioielli da sfoggiare assieme a zaini a forma di orsetti o coniglietti e l’eroina a cui ispirarsi è “Alice nel paese delle meraviglie”.

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Sottogeneri e il Principe

Il mondo lolita è davvero molto vario ed elaborato, esistono generi per tutti i gusti. Il Wa Lolita ad esempio è un mix tra i vestititi lolita e le stoffe dei Kimono tradizionali, con Obi ad adornare la vita e i classici sandali Geta come calzature; Il Qi Lolita che si riffa allo stille Cinese dove al posto dei Kimono si modificano i qípáo; il Sailor Lolita che si basa sulla classica divisa scolastica con la sua variante più elaborata; o ancora il Pirate Lolita.
E se si pensa che lo stile lolita sia solo “zucchero e cannella” abbiamo anche il Guro Lolita. Qui le lolita si ispirano all’horror con sangue finto che risalta su candidi abiti bianchi per dare l’idea di essere bambole di porcellana in frantumi.

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Ma ci sono davvero molti altri esempi da citare. Una nota particolare bisogna farla però per lo stille Ōji (王子 principe) per chi crede erroneamente che la moda lolita sia solo femminile. Lo stile Principe si basa sui modelli di vestiti usati dai giovani Dandy Vittoriani e qui vediamo la comparsa di pantaloncini corti e calze al ginocchio. Questo però non significa sia solo maschile. Se una ragazza si affacciasse al mondo lolita ma volesse avere uno stile più androgino questo tipo di abbigliamento fa per lei.

I must have, i vari Brand, anime e l’influenza fuori dal Giappone

Esistono alcuni oggetti di culto che ogni Lolita che si rispetti possiede nel proprio guardaroba: le Cutsew, camicie con enormi fiocchi e maniche a sbuffo o le Petticoat ovvero sottovesti per ampliare i vestiti e le gonne. Per chi si domanda invece come fanno le Lolita ad avere dei capelli tanto meravigliosi e folti … beh, sappiate che sono parrucche. Le lolite le decorano poi con enormi fiocchi e i Bonnet, i classici cappelli di una volta, e le scarpe iconiche sono modello Mary Jane. Queste, anche se nate all’inizio del secolo scorso per i bambini ormai sono le scarpe che ogni lolita che si rispetti indossa.

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Oltre il brand di Mana-sama, altri molto conosciuti sono Angelic Pretty, e Baby, The Stars Shine Bright quest’ultima con boutique non solo a Tokyo ma anche a Parigi e San Francisco. Bisogna ammettere che la moda lolita è molto dispendiosa, ma esistono Indie brand belli quanto le marche più famose ma sicuramente meno dispendiose. Ed in Giappone è possibile acquistare abiti lolita anche nei grandi magazzini e volendo ci sono siti web appositi per comprare abiti lolita di seconda o terza mano. In altre parole è diventata una moda per più tasche.
Il fenomeno lolita ha trovato la sua strada anche in molti anime di successo. Esemplari sono Paradise Kiss di Ai Yazawa meglio nota per essere la mamma di Nana; Princess Princess anime dove la moda lolita e vista tramite gli occhi di tre ragazzi; Le Portrait de Petit Cossette, versione femminile e Noir del ritratto di Dorian Gray; e Rozen Maiden dove protagoniste sono appunto delle bellissime bambole.

Come già detto, le Lolita non sono famose solo in madre patria, ma dall’America a tutta l’Europa si possono incontrare piccole comunità di Lolita. Queste si riuniscono in raffinate Tea House per celebrare il Tè delle cinque con la classe e lo stile che le differenzia da qualsiasi altra moda.[:en]

Lolita fashion - (ロリータ・ファッション Rorīta fasshon)

photo credit: mangakas-onfire.blogspot.it

Probably, those who have a romantic vein suspended in an undefined past, would like to be like a beautiful porcelain doll. Maybe they would like to have lovely dresses that would rival those of Marie Antoinette ad go to a dreamy Tea Party.

All this things are possible thanks to the Lolita phenomenon, one of the most famous and sophisticated Japanese trends. As a mix between Baroque and Victorian style, it is really appreciated in its home-country but is also known all around the world.

The name refers to, although it doesn’t celebrate, Vladimir Vladimirovič Nabokov’s novel, but this trend is not a tribute to a young and provocative sensuality. In fact, it represents beauty that hides innocence, the elegance in hiding more than showing. Moreover, the name ‘Lolita’ is a Wasei-eigo, a word that includes all those anglophone words that in their original language have a completely different meaning or don’t even exist, but that are part of the Japanese vocabulary.

photo credit: honoluluacademy.org

It’s not certain when this type of clothing was created. Some think in late 70’s, although it is true that it become popular by the end of the 90’s. This trend was greatly influenced by the musical genre of Visual Kei. It is no coincidence that this type of music is really theatrical not only in its sound but also in band members’ dresses too.

Exemplary are MALICE MIZERE partly thanks to their co-founder and leader of the band Mana (also called Mana-sama by his fans). In particular Mana influenced the “Gothic Lolita” also signing his own brand Moi-même-Moitié.

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Gothic Lolita and Sweet Lolita

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The Lolita Style is divided into two distinctive trends (also divided into many sub-styles) : The Gothic Lolita, maybe the most famous one, and the Sweet Lolita.

The GothLoli (ゴスロリ gosu rori): The Gothic Lolita as we said is probably the most famous type but its name is erroneously attributed to the whole genre. Black is the dominant color celebrated in all its possible shades. But it doesn’t disdain other dark colors like burgundy, dark blue, violet, and emerald green. These colors are often used in both cloth and make-up with heavy and dramatic smokey eyes and lipstick that stand out on the white powder. In fact, this is the only exception to the Lolita style in which this type of powder is used because in all the other styles a more natural look is preferred. The dense embroideries of the clothes are inspired by grim stories with their skulls; or religious themes with crosses (gothic crosses) used in jewelry too. Coffins are used as small purses and small black lacy umbrellas refine the outfit.

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The Aristocrat Style is one of the many sub-genres of the Gothloli but is more mature and somber, as its name suggests, purposely more “aristocrat” and very elegant.

Since the Gothic Lolita style is based on the Victorian Style, that as we remember is emblematic of the Gothic and the refined, we have to take notice of the similarity with the western steam-punk.

Ama-loli (甘ロリ ama rori) : the Sweet Lolita on the other hand prefers pastel colors and especially pink. The same goes with make-up here less dramatic, almost more natural. Nevertheless, it still remains an elaborate style, especially emphatic on the eyes with light shades of pink and fake eyelashes for doll-like eyes, as well as light nuances for the lips. This style too is inspired by the Victorian Age but even more it is influenced by French Rococo. This is a more ‘child-like’ lolita style, were ribbons and bows are dominant. The embroidery are inspired by the world of fairy tales, unicorns and small miniature french sweets like Macaron. They are jewels to show off together with small rucksacks with the shape of small bears or rabbits and the inspiring heroine is “Alice in wonderland”.

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Sub-genres and the Prince

The world of lolitas is various and elaborated, there are genres to suit every taste. The Wa Lolita is a mix between lolita clothes and traditional kimonos, with a Obi around the waist and the classic Geta as shoes; The Qi Lolita, that comes back to the Chinese style where instead of kimonos it modifies Chinese qípáo; The Sailor Lolita is based on the classic sailor uniform with its more elaborated variation; or the Pirate Lolita.

And if you think that the Lolita style is all “Sugar and cinnamon” we also have the Guro Lolita. Here lolitas are inspired by the horror genre with fake blood standing out on pure-white dresses to give the idea of broken porcelain dolls.

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But there are really a great number of examples we could speak about.
A particular note must be given to the Ōji (王子 prince) Style for all those that think that the lolita style is only a girl’s trend. The Prince style is based on models of clothes used by young Victorian Dandies, so here we have short trousers and knee socks. But this doesn’t mean it is a men-only style. If a girl would like to get close to the lolita world and wanted to have a more androgynous style this is the right choice for her.

Must-have, various Brands, animes and influence outside Japan.

There are some cult objects that every Lolita with this name must have in her wardrobe: the Cutsew, blouse with big blows and puff sleeves or the Petticoat, the undergarment used to give a larger shape to skirts and dresses.
For those who would like to know how can lolitas have such beautiful and thick hair… well you must know that it is a wig.
Lolitas embellish them with big ribbons and Bonnets too, the typical small hats used in the past, and this goes together with iconic shoes in a Mary Jane like style. Even if these shoes for kids come from the past century they are the shoes that every Lolita wears.

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Aside from that of Mana-sama, other popular brands are Angelic Pretty, e Baby, The Stars Shine Bright, this last one with boutiques not only in Tokyo but in Paris and San Francisco too.
We must say that the lolita fashion is very expensive, but there are Indie brands
as beautiful as the most famous one that are certainly less expensive. And in Japan there’s the possibility to buy lolita clothes in department stores too, or there are dedicated web sites that sell second or third hand clothes. In other words it is a style open to everyone.

The Lolita phenomenon found its way to many successful animes too.
Some examples are Paradise Kiss by Ai Yazawa better known as the ‘mother’ of Nana; Princess Princess, where the lolita fashion is seen through the eyes of three boys; Le Portrait de Petit Cossette, female and Noir version of the Portrait of Dorian Gray; and Rozen Maiden too, where the protagonists are precisely beautiful dolls.

As we said, Lolitas are famous not only in Japan but we can meet a great number of small communities from America to Europe.
Lolitas gather together in refined Tea Houses to celebrate the 5 o’clock tea with the class and the style that distinguishes them from any other trend.[:ja]

Lolita fashion - (ロリータ・ファッション Rorīta fasshon)

photo credit: mangakas-onfire.blogspot.it

Probably, those who have a romantic vein suspended in an undefined past, would like to be like a beautiful porcelain doll. Maybe they would like to have lovely dresses that would rival those of Marie Antoinette ad go to a dreamy Tea Party.

All this things are possible thanks to the Lolita phenomenon, one of the most famous and sophisticated Japanese trends. As a mix between Baroque and Victorian style, it is really appreciated in its home-country but is also known all around the world.

The name refers to, although it doesn’t celebrate, Vladimir Vladimirovič Nabokov’s novel, but this trend is not a tribute to a young and provocative sensuality. In fact, it represents beauty that hides innocence, the elegance in hiding more than showing. Moreover, the name ‘Lolita’ is a Wasei-eigo, a word that includes all those anglophone words that in their original language have a completely different meaning or don’t even exist, but that are part of the Japanese vocabulary.

photo credit: honoluluacademy.org

It’s not certain when this type of clothing was created. Some think in late 70’s, although it is true that it become popular by the end of the 90’s. This trend was greatly influenced by the musical genre of Visual Kei. It is no coincidence that this type of music is really theatrical not only in its sound but also in band members’ dresses too.

Exemplary are MALICE MIZERE partly thanks to their co-founder and leader of the band Mana (also called Mana-sama by his fans). In particular Mana influenced the “Gothic Lolita” also signing his own brand Moi-même-Moitié.

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Gothic Lolita and Sweet Lolita

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The Lolita Style is divided into two distinctive trends (also divided into many sub-styles) : The Gothic Lolita, maybe the most famous one, and the Sweet Lolita.

The GothLoli (ゴスロリ gosu rori): The Gothic Lolita as we said is probably the most famous type but its name is erroneously attributed to the whole genre. Black is the dominant color celebrated in all its possible shades. But it doesn’t disdain other dark colors like burgundy, dark blue, violet, and emerald green. These colors are often used in both cloth and make-up with heavy and dramatic smokey eyes and lipstick that stand out on the white powder. In fact, this is the only exception to the Lolita style in which this type of powder is used because in all the other styles a more natural look is preferred. The dense embroideries of the clothes are inspired by grim stories with their skulls; or religious themes with crosses (gothic crosses) used in jewelry too. Coffins are used as small purses and small black lacy umbrellas refine the outfit.

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The Aristocrat Style is one of the many sub-genres of the Gothloli but is more mature and somber, as its name suggests, purposely more “aristocrat” and very elegant.

Since the Gothic Lolita style is based on the Victorian Style, that as we remember is emblematic of the Gothic and the refined, we have to take notice of the similarity with the western steam-punk.

Ama-loli (甘ロリ ama rori) : the Sweet Lolita on the other hand prefers pastel colors and especially pink. The same goes with make-up here less dramatic, almost more natural. Nevertheless, it still remains an elaborate style, especially emphatic on the eyes with light shades of pink and fake eyelashes for doll-like eyes, as well as light nuances for the lips. This style too is inspired by the Victorian Age but even more it is influenced by French Rococo. This is a more ‘child-like’ lolita style, were ribbons and bows are dominant. The embroidery are inspired by the world of fairy tales, unicorns and small miniature french sweets like Macaron. They are jewels to show off together with small rucksacks with the shape of small bears or rabbits and the inspiring heroine is “Alice in wonderland”.

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Sub-genres and the Prince

The world of lolitas is various and elaborated, there are genres to suit every taste. The Wa Lolita is a mix between lolita clothes and traditional kimonos, with a Obi around the waist and the classic Geta as shoes; The Qi Lolita, that comes back to the Chinese style where instead of kimonos it modifies Chinese qípáo; The Sailor Lolita is based on the classic sailor uniform with its more elaborated variation; or the Pirate Lolita.

And if you think that the Lolita style is all “Sugar and cinnamon” we also have the Guro Lolita. Here lolitas are inspired by the horror genre with fake blood standing out on pure-white dresses to give the idea of broken porcelain dolls.

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But there are really a great number of examples we could speak about.
A particular note must be given to the Ōji (王子 prince) Style for all those that think that the lolita style is only a girl’s trend. The Prince style is based on models of clothes used by young Victorian Dandies, so here we have short trousers and knee socks. But this doesn’t mean it is a men-only style. If a girl would like to get close to the lolita world and wanted to have a more androgynous style this is the right choice for her.

Must-have, various Brands, animes and influence outside Japan.

There are some cult objects that every Lolita with this name must have in her wardrobe: the Cutsew, blouse with big blows and puff sleeves or the Petticoat, the undergarment used to give a larger shape to skirts and dresses.
For those who would like to know how can lolitas have such beautiful and thick hair… well you must know that it is a wig.
Lolitas embellish them with big ribbons and Bonnets too, the typical small hats used in the past, and this goes together with iconic shoes in a Mary Jane like style. Even if these shoes for kids come from the past century they are the shoes that every Lolita wears.

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Aside from that of Mana-sama, other popular brands are Angelic Pretty, e Baby, The Stars Shine Bright, this last one with boutiques not only in Tokyo but in Paris and San Francisco too.
We must say that the lolita fashion is very expensive, but there are Indie brands
as beautiful as the most famous one that are certainly less expensive. And in Japan there’s the possibility to buy lolita clothes in department stores too, or there are dedicated web sites that sell second or third hand clothes. In other words it is a style open to everyone.

The Lolita phenomenon found its way to many successful animes too.
Some examples are Paradise Kiss by Ai Yazawa better known as the ‘mother’ of Nana; Princess Princess, where the lolita fashion is seen through the eyes of three boys; Le Portrait de Petit Cossette, female and Noir version of the Portrait of Dorian Gray; and Rozen Maiden too, where the protagonists are precisely beautiful dolls.

As we said, Lolitas are famous not only in Japan but we can meet a great number of small communities from America to Europe.
Lolitas gather together in refined Tea Houses to celebrate the 5 o’clock tea with the class and the style that distinguishes them from any other trend.[:]


Japan Tradition: Seijin Shiki

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Seijin Shiki

Seijin Shiki anche conosciuta come Seijin no Hi (成人の日) è il giorno della Maggiore età. Questa è una festa giapponese che si tiene ogni anno il secondo lunedì di gennaio. Lo scopo di questo giorno è di congratulare ed incoraggiare tutti coloro che hanno compiuto il ventesimo anno di età, l'età della maturità (二十歳 hatachi), nell'anno passato.
In questo giorno, molto giovani giapponesi celebrano con una cerimonia per il Giorno della Maggiore età, il Seijin-Shiki (成人式). Le feste per questa giornata sono spesso tenute negli uffici della prefettura e in locali. Tuttavia, molte persone fanno delle feste con la famiglia e gli amici successivamente. E' anche comune vedere questi giovani camminare per strada indossando i vestiti tradizionali.

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Shinjin Shiki, la cerimonia per la Maggiore Età, data indietro al 714 in Giappone. In questo anno, un giovane principe ha acquisito nuovi vestiti e acconciatura per marcare il passaggio all'età adulta. Tuttavia, questa festa è stata stabilita per la prima volta nel 1948 e si celebrava ogni 15 gennaio. Più tardi nel 2000, la data per il Seijin Shiki è cambiata ed ora si celebra il secondo lunedì di gennaio.
Solo coloro che hanno compiuto il ventesimo compleanno prima dell'ultima Festa della maggiore età o prima di quella attuale può unirsi ai festeggiamenti.

Seijin Shiki celebrations

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Sijin Shiki segna l'età della maturità, che include l'espansione dei diritti ma anche l'aumento delle responsabilità previste. Di solito, gli ufficiali governativi fanno dei discorso e la famiglia e gli amici fanno dei piccoli regali ai nuovi adulti.
Le donne solitamente celebrano indossando furisode e sandali zōri che possono comprare, prendere in prestito da un parente o affittare per l'occasione. Anche gli uomini indossano vestiti tradizionali, come kimono scuri con hakama, ma oggi è anche comune vedere uomini che indossano giacca e cravatta.
Dopo la cerimonia formale, spesso escono in gruppi per festeggiare e bere con gli amici.

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Seijin Shiki

Seijin Shiki also known as Seijin no Hi (成人の日) is the Coming of Age day. This is a Japanese holiday held every year on the second Monday of January. The goal of this day is to congratulate and encourage all those who have become 20 years old, the age of maturity (二十歳 hatachi), in the past year.
In this day, many young Japanese celebrate with a Coming of Age ceremony, the Seijin-Shiki (成人式). The celebrations for this day are often held in local and prefectural offices. However, many people have after parties with family and friends right after. Also, it’s common to see many of these young peole walk in the street wearing traditional clothes.

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Shinjin Shiki, the Coming of Age ceremony, dates back to 714 in Japan. In this year, a young prince donned new robes and hairstyles to mark the passage into adulthood. However, the holiday was first established in 1948 and it was set to be celebrated every January 15th. Later in 2000, the date for Seijin Shiki changed and set to be celebrate in the second Monday of January.
Only those who celebrated their 20th birthday before the last Coming of age day or on the present one can join the celebrations.

Seijin Shiki celebrations

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Sijin Shiki mark the age of maturity, which includes the expanded rights but also the increase of expected responsibilities. Usually, government officials give speeches and friends and family hand out small presents to the newly adults.
Women usually celebrate this day wearing furisode and zōri sandals that they can buy, borrow from a relative or rent for the occasion. Also men wear a traditional dress, like a dark kimono with hakama, but nowadays it’s not uncommon to see men wear a suit and tie.
After the formal ceremony, they often go out in groups to parties or drinking with friends.

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Seijin Shiki

Seijin Shiki also known as Seijin no Hi (成人の日) is the Coming of Age day. This is a Japanese holiday held every year on the second Monday of January. The goal of this day is to congratulate and encourage all those who have become 20 years old, the age of maturity (二十歳 hatachi), in the past year.
In this day, many young Japanese celebrate with a Coming of Age ceremony, the Seijin-Shiki (成人式). The celebrations for this day are often held in local and prefectural offices. However, many people have after parties with family and friends right after. Also, it’s common to see many of these young peole walk in the street wearing traditional clothes.

Seijin Shiki, Seijin no hi, coming of age ceremony, coming of age japan, japan italy bridge

Shinjin Shiki, the Coming of Age ceremony, dates back to 714 in Japan. In this year, a young prince donned new robes and hairstyles to mark the passage into adulthood. However, the holiday was first established in 1948 and it was set to be celebrated every January 15th. Later in 2000, the date for Seijin Shiki changed and set to be celebrate in the second Monday of January.
Only those who celebrated their 20th birthday before the last Coming of age day or on the present one can join the celebrations.

Seijin Shiki celebrations

Seijin Shiki, Seijin no hi, coming of age ceremony, coming of age japan, japan italy bridge

Sijin Shiki mark the age of maturity, which includes the expanded rights but also the increase of expected responsibilities. Usually, government officials give speeches and friends and family hand out small presents to the newly adults.
Women usually celebrate this day wearing furisode and zōri sandals that they can buy, borrow from a relative or rent for the occasion. Also men wear a traditional dress, like a dark kimono with hakama, but nowadays it’s not uncommon to see men wear a suit and tie.
After the formal ceremony, they often go out in groups to parties or drinking with friends.

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Japan History: Zojoji Temple

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Tempio Zojoji

Il tempio Zojoji è stato fondato nel 1393 e trasferito al luogo attuale nel 1598 dopo che Ieyasu Tokugawa, fondatore del shogunato dei Tokugawa, entrò nell'attuale Tokyo nel 1590. Dopo l'inizio del Periodo Edo, lo Zojoji diventò il tempio della famiglia Tokugawa, una delle famiglie più importanti di tutto il Giappone. La cattedrale, il tempio e il mausoleo sono stati bruciati durante i raid aerei della Seconda Guerra Mondiale. Tuttavia, la maggior parte delle strutture sono state ricostruite. Lo Zojoji continua oggi ad essere il tempio principale della città. Anche grazie alla sua posizione di favore non è solo uno dei maggiori luoghi di culto ma anche una delle attrazioni turistiche più visitate. Spettacolare la vista del tempio con la Tokyo Tower sullo sfondo.

Particolarità dello Zojoji

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IL GATE: L'entrata principale è particolare per il suo colore vermiglio. Con 21 metri in altezza, 28.7 metri in larghezza e 17.6 metri di profondità, è stato costruito nel 1622. Oggi l'entrata è uno dei più importanti resti dell'architettura del Periodo Edo. Il suo nome è Sangedatsumon e significa entrata (mon) per far uscire (gedatsu) dai tre (san) stati mentali terreni: avidità, rabbia e stupidità.

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LA CAMPANA: Con un diametro di 1.76 metri, un'altezza di 3.33 metri e un peso di 15 tonnellate, è conosciuta come una delle Tre Grandi Campane del Periodo Edo. Viene suonata due volte al giorno per 6 rintocchi, la mattina presto e la sera. Si chiama Daibonsho (Grande Campana). Serve per purificare dalle 108 passioni terrene (bonno), che portano le persone nella direzione sbagliata. Il suo compito, inoltre, è quello di diffondere profonda calma tramite richiami ripetuti 6 volte al giorno.

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LE STATUE: Quando si cammina nel Tempio Zojoji, una delle prime cose che si notano sono queste statue rappresentanti dei bambini. Si chiamano Ojizo-san, o Ojizo-sama. Sono caratterizzate da vestiti rossi e dai cappelli all'uncinetto. Queste sculture potrebbero sembrare semplici ornamenti, ma si dice proteggano lo spirito dei bambini non ancora nati e di quelli morti prematuramente.

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Zojoji Temple

The Zojoji temple was founded in 1393. Relocated to the present site in 1598 after Ieyasu Tokugawa, founder of the Tokugawa shogunate, entered present-day Tokyo in 1590. After the start of the Edo Period, Zojoji became the family temple of the Tokugawa family, one of the most powerful houses in all Japan. The cathedral, temples and the mausoleum burned down during the air raids during World War II. However, most of the structures got rebuilt. Today Zojoji continues to serve as the main temple of the city. Due to its position of favour, this is not just one of the main religious spot but also one of the main landmarks for tourists. The view of the Tokyo Tower on its background is just breathtaking.

Zojoji's Peculiarities

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THE GATE

The main wooden gate is peculiar for its vermilion color. Measuring 21 meters in height, 28.7 meters in width and 17.6 meters in depth, it was built in 1622. Today the gate is one of the most important remains of the Edo Period architecture. Its name is Sangedatsumon and it means a gate (mon) for getting delivered (gedatsu) from three (san) earthly states of mind: greed, anger and stupidity.

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THE BELL

With a diameter of 1.76 meters, a height of 3.33 meters and a weight of 15 tons, this bell is one of the Big Three Bells of the Edo Period. Tolled twice a day for 6 times each, in the early morning and in the evening. Its name is the Daibonsho (Big Bell). It serves to purify 108 earthly passions (bonno), which lead people astray. Furthermore, legend says ti gives profound equanimity through an exhortation, repeated six times a day.

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THE STATUES

When you walk around in the Zojoji Temple, one of the first thing you might notice are these statues representing babies. They are the Ojizo-san, or Ojizo-sama. These little statues are characterized by bright red clothing and handmade crochet caps. They might just seem cute ornaments, but tradition says they protect the spirit of unborn children and little ones that passed away.

Photo Credit: Japan Italy Bridge
Zojoji Official website: Click here

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zojoji, zojoji templi, tempio zojoji, tokyo, tempio tokyo, tokyo temple, japan italy bridge

Zojoji Temple

The Zojoji temple was founded in 1393. Relocated to the present site in 1598 after Ieyasu Tokugawa, founder of the Tokugawa shogunate, entered present-day Tokyo in 1590. After the start of the Edo Period, Zojoji became the family temple of the Tokugawa family, one of the most powerful houses in all Japan. The cathedral, temples and the mausoleum burned down during the air raids during World War II. However, most of the structures got rebuilt. Today Zojoji continues to serve as the main temple of the city. Due to its position of favour, this is not just one of the main religious spot but also one of the main landmarks for tourists. The view of the Tokyo Tower on its background is just breathtaking.

Zojoji's Peculiarities

zojoji, zojoji templi, tempio zojoji, tokyo, tempio tokyo, tokyo temple, japan italy bridge

THE GATE

The main wooden gate is peculiar for its vermilion color. Measuring 21 meters in height, 28.7 meters in width and 17.6 meters in depth, it was built in 1622. Today the gate is one of the most important remains of the Edo Period architecture. Its name is Sangedatsumon and it means a gate (mon) for getting delivered (gedatsu) from three (san) earthly states of mind: greed, anger and stupidity.

zojoji, zojoji templi, tempio zojoji, tokyo, tempio tokyo, tokyo temple, japan italy bridge

THE BELL

With a diameter of 1.76 meters, a height of 3.33 meters and a weight of 15 tons, this bell is one of the Big Three Bells of the Edo Period. Tolled twice a day for 6 times each, in the early morning and in the evening. Its name is the Daibonsho (Big Bell). It serves to purify 108 earthly passions (bonno), which lead people astray. Furthermore, legend says ti gives profound equanimity through an exhortation, repeated six times a day.

zojoji, zojoji templi, tempio zojoji, tokyo, tempio tokyo, tokyo temple, japan italy bridge

THE STATUES

When you walk around in the Zojoji Temple, one of the first thing you might notice are these statues representing babies. They are the Ojizo-san, or Ojizo-sama. These little statues are characterized by bright red clothing and handmade crochet caps. They might just seem cute ornaments, but tradition says they protect the spirit of unborn children and little ones that passed away.

Photo Credit: Japan Italy Bridge
Zojoji Official website: Click here

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