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Japanese Folklore: Kappa

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Kappa ovvero “Il figlio del fiume”

Il Kappa è una simpatica chimera, non si sa bene quale sia il suo aspetto, a tratti umanoide, dalle fattezze magari scimmiesche. Il più delle volte però ha il volto di una tartaruga con un becco giallo. Dalle tartarughe ha preso in prestito anche il guscio e una pelle squamosa dai colori acquatici ma in prevalenza di un bel verde alga. Sulla testa porta una foglia di loto contenete dell’acqua ed è da questa che trae i suoi poteri. Lui è il Kappa (河童) o se volete chiamarlo Kawatarō ( "ragazzo di fiume") o Kawako ("figlio del fiume"), ne sarà felice.

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Nato come monito per spaventare i bambini dai pericoli che le acque profonde nascondono, è uno Suijin (水神 "dei acquatici") dello shintoismo. Comunemente però la sua figura è uno dei tanti Yōkai (demoni o fantasmi) del folklore Nipponico.

Per quanto il suo aspetto grottesco può suscitare una certa ironia, non è un tipo con cui scherzare perché è un essere dispettoso e malizioso. Nell’antichità si diceva rapisse i bambini perché ne era ghiotto ma non disdegnava nemmeno le viscere di umano adulto. E’ sempre pronto a fare scherzi di cattivo gusto come alzare le gonne dei kimono delle giovani donne al rubare il raccolto dei contadini.

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Anche se dispettoso e magari pericoloso, un buon modo per salvarsi da lui sono le formalità. Ebbene sì, è molto educato anche se pare difficile da credere. Ama le buone maniere e se gli farete fare un profondo inchino verserà la sua acqua magica e lui perderà le energie. È anche un essere pronto a mantenere la parola data e a elargire ricompense.
Se ne trovate uno in difficoltà aiutatelo e versate acqua sulla sua foglia, sarà vostro debitore a vita! Magari volete averlo come amico? Beh, Io non vi ho detto nulla ma i Kappa amano i Cetrioli! Ebbene sì! Offrite ad un Kappa queste fresche verdure e vi donerà la sua amicizia, e chi non vorrebbe un Kappa come amico ai nostri giorni?

Il Kappa vive nei laghi o negli stagni profondi e per questo è un ottimo nuotatore. Ma qui c’è proprio da dire: “kappa no kawa nagare”, "un kappa che si fa portar via dalla corrente" , perché anche i più bravi sbagliano, non demordiamo quindi!

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Oggigiorno i Kappa sono meno spaventosi, per certi versi più “Kawaii”e innumerevoli anime ne hanno preso spunto. In “Marmalade boy” i due protagonisti Miki e Yu hanno un Kappa di Pelushe come mascotte; diversi Pokemon sono ispirati a questa figura e “Kappa no Coo to Natsuyasumi” ( Un’estate con coo) parla dell’amicizia tra un bambino dei giorni nostri ed un Kappa alla ricerca di suoi simili.

Anche J.K. Rowling ha parlato di queste creature mitologiche nel suo libro “Animali fantastici: dove trovarli”. E se siete interessati a trovare un vero Kappa, o quanto meno ciò che ne rimane, vorrete recarvi ad Asakusa distretto di Tokyo. All’interno del tempio buddista Sogen-ji se ne possono venerare i resti.

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Kappa or “Son of the river”

A Kappa is a funny chimera, its true appearance is still unknown, a bit human a bit monkey-like. But most of the times it is depicted with the face of a tortoise with a yellow beak. From tortoises it borrowed the shell and the scaly skin with its watery colors, usually of a nice seaweed-green. On the head it carries a lotus leaf containing water, and it is from this water that it draws its powers. This is the Kappa (河童) or, if you like, you could call it Kawatarō ( "boy of the river") or Kawako ("son of the river"), you will make him happy.

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Born as a warning to scare kids away from the dangers lurking into deep waters, they are Shintoist Suijin (水神 "water god"). However, generally speaking these mythological figures are one of the many Yōkai (demons or phantoms) of the Nipponic folklore.

As much as its appearance may arouse your mockery, the Kappa is not the type to make fun of because it is a mischievous and naughty creature. In the past it was said that he abducted children because it is a glutton for them, but didn’t say no to adults bowels. They are always ready to do mischievous pranks from pulling the kimono of young girls to stealing the harvest of farmers.

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Even if it is naughty and somewhat dangerous, formalities are a good way to be safe with it. That’s right, it is a very polite creature even if it seems hard to believe. The Kappa loves good manners and if you make him do a good, deep bow, it will spill its magical water and lose all its powers. The Kappa is also a creature always ready to stick to its word and to give rewards. If you find a Kappa in difficulty help it by pouring water on the leaf on its head, it will be indebted to you for life! Maybe you would like to have one of them as a friend? Well, I said nothing but Kappa love cucumbers! Yes! Offer this fresh vegetables to a Kappa and it will reward you with its friendship. And well, who wouldn’t like to have one as a friend nowadays?

Usually, they live in lakes and deep ponds and this is why they are skilled swimmers. But here we must say “kappa no kawa nagare”, "a kappa drowing in a river" , because even the most skilled make mistakes, so never give up!

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Nowadays they are not as feared as in the past, they have become somewhat more “Kawaii” and a great number of animes take a cue from them. In Marmalade Boy the two main characters Miki and Yu have a Kappa plush as their mascot; different Pokemons were inspired to this creature and Kappa no Coo to Natsuyasumi (Summer days with Coo) is the story of the friendship between a kid of our days and a Kappa looking for its fellows.

Even J.K. Rowlong wrote about this mythological creature in her book Fantastic beasts: where to find them. And if you are interested in seeing a real one, or at least what is left of it, you would like to go to Asakusa, Tokyo district. In the Buddhist temple Sogen-ji you can worship its remains.

photo credit: manganews, wikipediafacebook.com/TeaFoxIllustrations
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Kappa or “Son of the river”

A Kappa is a funny chimera, its true appearance is still unknown, a bit human a bit monkey-like. But most of the times it is depicted with the face of a tortoise with a yellow beak. From tortoises it borrowed the shell and the scaly skin with its watery colors, usually of a nice seaweed-green. On the head it carries a lotus leaf containing water, and it is from this water that it draws its powers. This is the Kappa (河童) or, if you like, you could call it Kawatarō ( "boy of the river") or Kawako ("son of the river"), you will make him happy.

kappa

Born as a warning to scare kids away from the dangers lurking into deep waters, they are Shintoist Suijin (水神 "water god"). However, generally speaking these mythological figures are one of the many Yōkai (demons or phantoms) of the Nipponic folklore.

As much as its appearance may arouse your mockery, the Kappa is not the type to make fun of because it is a mischievous and naughty creature. In the past it was said that he abducted children because it is a glutton for them, but didn’t say no to adults bowels. They are always ready to do mischievous pranks from pulling the kimono of young girls to stealing the harvest of farmers.

kappa

Even if it is naughty and somewhat dangerous, formalities are a good way to be safe with it. That’s right, it is a very polite creature even if it seems hard to believe. The Kappa loves good manners and if you make him do a good, deep bow, it will spill its magical water and lose all its powers. The Kappa is also a creature always ready to stick to its word and to give rewards. If you find a Kappa in difficulty help it by pouring water on the leaf on its head, it will be indebted to you for life! Maybe you would like to have one of them as a friend? Well, I said nothing but Kappa love cucumbers! Yes! Offer this fresh vegetables to a Kappa and it will reward you with its friendship. And well, who wouldn’t like to have one as a friend nowadays?

Usually, they live in lakes and deep ponds and this is why they are skilled swimmers. But here we must say “kappa no kawa nagare”, "a kappa drowing in a river" , because even the most skilled make mistakes, so never give up!

kappa

Nowadays they are not as feared as in the past, they have become somewhat more “Kawaii” and a great number of animes take a cue from them. In Marmalade Boy the two main characters Miki and Yu have a Kappa plush as their mascot; different Pokemons were inspired to this creature and Kappa no Coo to Natsuyasumi (Summer days with Coo) is the story of the friendship between a kid of our days and a Kappa looking for its fellows.

Even J.K. Rowlong wrote about this mythological creature in her book Fantastic beasts: where to find them. And if you are interested in seeing a real one, or at least what is left of it, you would like to go to Asakusa, Tokyo district. In the Buddhist temple Sogen-ji you can worship its remains.

photo credit: manganews, wikipediafacebook.com/TeaFoxIllustrations
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Japanese Folklore: Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon

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Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon

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Se vi dico che la sua pettinatura è diventata celebre in tutto il mondo per i biondi codini incorniciati da due teneri Odango (lett. polpetta) sapete di chi sto parlando? No? Non vi dice nulla che il suo outfit sia un misto tra una divisa scolastica e una marinara? No, questo è impossibile perché lei è Usagi Tsukino.

Universalmente nota come Sailor Moon la guerriera che veste alla marinara e che protegge la terra da alieni cattivi sparsi per la galassia. Paladina per i bambini degli anni novanta e co-ambasciatrice del Giappone per i giochi olimpici che si terranno nel 2020.

Nata dalle sublimi tavole di Naoko Takeuchi, agli inizi degli anni novanta divenne da subito un’icona tanto in madre patria quanto all’estero. Ha fatto sognare generazioni con la sua storia d’amore immortale con Tuxedo Kamen. Ha insegnato i valori dell’amicizia con le sue compagne d’avventura le Sailor Senshi, ancora oggi è un mito.

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Le Origini

Sailor moon è nata come spin-off di Codename Sailor V. Ebbene sì! la nostra paladina lunare e nata dopo la sua collega Sailor Venus, vero leader delle Sailor. Questo manga è la rappresentazione migliore del genere Majokko (魔女っ子 "streghetta") sottogenere a sua volta del shōjo. La trama tipica delle opere appartenenti a questo genere, parla di una ragazza magica affiancata da un’animale magico. Nel nostro caso abbiamo i gatti Luna, Artemis e Diana. Solitamente la ragazza possiede poteri magici, mescolando amore e fantasia. Tuttavia Sailor Moon è anche la prima versione al femminile del genere Sentai Mono (戦隊モノ "gruppo d'attacco"). Questo è quel genere fumettistico che racchiude tutti quei manga dove troviamo un gruppo di protagonisti pronto ad unirsi per sconfiggere le forze del male.

Non a caso Sailor Moon è per questo e tanti altri motivi, uno degli esempi migliori di Femminismo nei manga.

L’amore non barriere di tempo, spazio o genere.

Sailor Moon non ha solo insegnato i valori dell’amicizia, ma anche dato un forte impatto sull’amore, senza generalizzare per categorie, come molto spesso accade nei manga e nella vita reale.

Sappiamo tutti che la coppia che spicca più nel manga come nell’anime è quella di Sailor Moon e il suo Tuxedo Kamen, un amore che varca il tempo e lo spazio, immortale.
Innamorati anche nella loro vita passata, la Principessa Serenity e il Principe Endymion, prendono il loro nome dalla Dea greca della Luna Selene e il suo amato principe terrestre Endimione. Dal mito alla realtà, innamorati anche nella loro vita odierna come Usagi Tsukino e Mamoru Chiba, ed in futuro come Neo Queen Serenity e King Endymion.

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Si potrebbe erroneamente pensare che sia Tuxedo Kamen a salvare la nostra eroina quando è nei guai con le sue rose svolazzanti. Tuttavia è solo grazie all’amore di Sailor Moon che riesce a salvarsi ed insieme a lui tutti noi umani. Perché come disse la Takeuchi “Le ragazze devono essere forti per proteggere l’uomo che amano”.

Sailor Moon e i rapporti omosessuali

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Sono presenti anche altre relazioni amorose nel manga. La relazione saffica e non nascosta tra l’androgina Sailor Uranus e la sensuale Sailor Neptune. Una relazione velata ma che spicca bene dal terzo atto della saga in poi.

Il rapporto Omosessuale tra due degli emissari del Dark Kingdom. Tuttavia, Zoisite e Kunzite avevano un rapporto che cambia a seconda dell’adattamento. Essi erano protagonisti di un legame amoroso nell’anime contro una forte amicizia nel manga.

Possiamo anche citare il legame forte che unisce Sailor Mars e Sailor Venus, proprio per ricordare l’unione del mito tra Marte e Venere.

Naoko Takeuchi: un impero tra stelle, arte e moda.

La mamma della nostra bella marinaretta, come detto è Naoko Takeuchi classe 1967. Potremmo dire che ha vinto la lotteria della vita nel mondo dei manga. Non solo la sua opera più famosa Sailor Moon è conosciuta in tutto il mondo, ma ha anche sposato Yoshihiro Togashi, il papà di Yū Yū Hakusho e Hunter x Hunter. Inoltre è amica di altrettanto famose Mangaka come Wataru Yoshizumi (Marmalade Boy) e Yuu Watase (Fushigi Yûgi).

La passione per il disegno l’ha sempre avuta anche se ha frequentato studi universitari in chimica. Il suo tratto è caratterizzato da linee pulite e delicate, molto vezzose negli art book con centini che fungono come decori.

È una donna dalle molteplici passioni, che spaziano dalla lettura, le macchine, l’arte e altro. Molte volte ha usato come riferimento per le sue illustrazioni le opere di Art Nouveau di Alfons Mucha. Altra grande passione è la moda, molti abiti usati dalle guerriere Sailor e dai loro nemici si rifanno alla Maison Dior. L’iconico il meraviglioso abito di Princess Serenity prende spunto dal modello “palladio” dalla collezione Dior primavera/estate dell’92.

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Grazie all’anniversario dei vent’anni ed ora dei venticinque ora, Sailor Moon brilla di una nuova fortunata stella. Gioia per tutti i bambini cresciuti con lei che ormai sono diventati collezionisti adulti.

Il Francising Sailor Moon

Il franchising di Sailor Moon spazia dalle classiche bambole, alle più svariate action figure. Inclusi anche innumerevoli prodotti di makeup, svariati oggetti di culto come la proplica del Moon Stick, abiti e molto altro.

Il manga ha avuto una serie live action, diversi OVA, musical. Non dimentichiamo il riadattamento con Sailor Moon Crystal uscito il 5 luglio 2014.

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A Tokyo per un periodo di tempo è stato aperto un bar a tema. Per tutti quelli sfortunatamente non è riuscito a passarci, potete visitare Azabu Juban “shopping street” quartiere centrale a Tokyo. Questo infatti è uno dei quartieri che molto spesso appare nei fotogrammi di Sailor Moon. Per qualsiasi fans che si rispetti questo è un luogo mecca per sentirsi una vera Guerriera Sailor.

Photo credits: Tumblr, Pinterest.
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Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon

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If I tell you that her hairstyle is famous all around the world for its blonde pigtails tied up into cute Odango (lit. Meatballs) can you guess who I'm talking about? No? Her outfit is a mix between a school uniform and a sailor's one and it doesn't ring any bell? No, this is impossible because we are talking about Usagi Tsukino.

She universally known as Sailor Moon the warrior in a sailor uniform that protects the Earth from evil aliens from all around the galaxy. Beloved heroine among children from the 90s and one of the ambassadress for Tokyo’s Olympic games  in 2020.

Born from the sublime work of Naoko Takeuchi, at the beginning of the 90s, it immediately became and iconic character both in Japan and abroad. Triggering dreams of generations of people with her immortal love story with Tuxedo Kamen and teaching the values of friendship together with her companions of adventure, the Sailor Senshi, she is legend today still.

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The origin

Sailor Moon was originally created to be the spin-off of Codename Sailor V. Yes! Our heroine from the moon was born after her companion Sailor Venus, true leader of the Sailor warriors. This manga represents the best example of Majokko (魔女っ子 "Magical girl"), that is a sub-genre of the shōjo genre. The typical plot for this genre tells the story of a magical girl supported by a magical animal. In our case we have three cats, Luna, Artemis and Diana. Usually the protagonist of this type of mangas has magical powers, mixing love and fantasy. However Sailor Moon is also the first female version of the genre Sentai Mono (戦隊モノ "fighting squad"). This is a genre that includes all those mangas in which a group of protagonists stick together and fight against evil forces.

So it is no surprise that Sailor Moon is, for this and other reasons, one of the best examples of Feminism in the manga world.

Love beyond time, space and genre

Sailor Moon not only taught us the values of friendship, but it also had a great impact on love, free from any generalizations for categories, as it often happens in mangas and even in real life.

We all know that the most known couple in the manga like in the anime is that formed by Sailor Moon and her Tuxedo Kamen, a love beyond time and space, hence immortal.

In love since their previous life, Princess Serenity and Prince Endymion form Earth, they take their names from the Greek moon goddess, Selene, and her beloved prince from Earth, Endymion. From the legend to reality, they love each other even in their present life as Usagi Tsukino and Mamoru Chiba, as they will love each other in the future too as Neo Queen Serenity and King Endymion.

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One might think that is Tuxedo Kamen that rescues our heroine when she is in danger with his flying roses, but it’s his character that many times falls in the hands of the enemy, even becoming evil himself at some points. However, it’s only thanks to the love that Sailor Moon has for him that he manages to survive and with him, all us humans. Because as Takeuchi said “Girls have to be strong to protect the man they love”.

Sailor moon and the homosexual relationships

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But there are also other love relationships in the manga. The sapphic and unconcealed relationship between the androgynous Sailor Uranus and the sensual Sailor Neptune. A relationship that is somewhat veiled but that is clearly visible from the third act on.

Also, there's the homosexual relationship between two emissaries of the Dark Kingdome. Zoisite and Kunzite's relationship changed from version to version. Love in the animated series and strong friendship that never becomes love in the manga.

But we can also mention the strong bond between Sailor Mars and Sailor Venus, that reminds us of the bond between Mars and Venus in the ancient myths.

Naoko Takeuchi: an empire among stars, art and style

The ‘mother’ of our beautiful sailor warriors is, as said before, Naoko Takeuchi, born in 1967. It is as if she won the lottery of life in the world of mangas. Not only her most famous work is well known all around the world, but she also married Yoshihito Togaki, ‘father’ of Yū Yū Hakusho and Hunter x Hunter.
Also, she is close friend with other famous mangakas like Wataru Yoshizumi (Marmalade Boy) e Yuu Watase (Fushigi Yûgi).

The passion for drawings has always been with her in spite of the fact that she studied chemistry in University. Her style is characterized by clean and delicate lines, that are particularly lovely in the art book with doilies as decoration.

She is a woman of many passions, from literature, to cars, arts and many other things. In many cases she used the Art Nouveau works of Alfons Muchas as references for her illustrations. Another great passion of hers is fashion, various outfits used by Sailor warriors and their enemies were inspired by Maison Dior. The wonderful and iconic gown worn by Princess Serenity is inspired by Dior’s “palladio” gown from the ‘92 spring/summer collection.

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Thanks to its 20th anniversary, and now to its 25th anniversary, Sailor Moon shines brightly under a new lucky star. True happiness for all those kids that grew up with her and now have turned into grown up collector.

Sailor Moon Franchising

The Sailor Moon franchising goes from the classic dolls, to the most varied action figures. There are also countless make-up products, lots of cult objects like the replica of the Moon Stick, outfits and many things more.

The manga was adapted into a live action series, several OVAs, musicals and let's not forget the new anime adaptation of Sailor Moon Crystal released on July the 5th, in 2014.

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In Tokyo a theme bar was opened and remained active for some time. For all those that couldn’t go there, you can always visit the Azabu Juban “shopping district”, central district in Tokyo. This area is often shown in Sailor Moon’s frames. For every true fan this is a must if you want to feel like a real Sailor Warrior.

Photo credits: TumblrPinterest.
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Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon

Sailor moon, pretty guardian sailor moon, japan italy bridge, japan, italy

If I tell you that her hairstyle is famous all around the world for its blonde pigtails tied up into cute Odango (lit. Meatballs) can you guess who I'm talking about? No? Her outfit is a mix between a school uniform and a sailor's one and it doesn't ring any bell? No, this is impossible because we are talking about Usagi Tsukino.

She universally known as Sailor Moon the warrior in a sailor uniform that protects the Earth from evil aliens from all around the galaxy. Beloved heroine among children from the 90s and one of the ambassadress for Tokyo’s Olympic games  in 2020.

Born from the sublime work of Naoko Takeuchi, at the beginning of the 90s, it immediately became and iconic character both in Japan and abroad. Triggering dreams of generations of people with her immortal love story with Tuxedo Kamen and teaching the values of friendship together with her companions of adventure, the Sailor Senshi, she is legend today still.

Sailor moon, pretty guardian sailor moon, japan italy bridge, japan, italy

The origin

Sailor Moon was originally created to be the spin-off of Codename Sailor V. Yes! Our heroine from the moon was born after her companion Sailor Venus, true leader of the Sailor warriors. This manga represents the best example of Majokko (魔女っ子 "Magical girl"), that is a sub-genre of the shōjo genre. The typical plot for this genre tells the story of a magical girl supported by a magical animal. In our case we have three cats, Luna, Artemis and Diana. Usually the protagonist of this type of mangas has magical powers, mixing love and fantasy. However Sailor Moon is also the first female version of the genre Sentai Mono (戦隊モノ "fighting squad"). This is a genre that includes all those mangas in which a group of protagonists stick together and fight against evil forces.

So it is no surprise that Sailor Moon is, for this and other reasons, one of the best examples of Feminism in the manga world.

Love beyond time, space and genre

Sailor Moon not only taught us the values of friendship, but it also had a great impact on love, free from any generalizations for categories, as it often happens in mangas and even in real life.

We all know that the most known couple in the manga like in the anime is that formed by Sailor Moon and her Tuxedo Kamen, a love beyond time and space, hence immortal.

In love since their previous life, Princess Serenity and Prince Endymion form Earth, they take their names from the Greek moon goddess, Selene, and her beloved prince from Earth, Endymion. From the legend to reality, they love each other even in their present life as Usagi Tsukino and Mamoru Chiba, as they will love each other in the future too as Neo Queen Serenity and King Endymion.

Sailor moon, pretty guardian sailor moon, japan italy bridge, japan, italy

One might think that is Tuxedo Kamen that rescues our heroine when she is in danger with his flying roses, but it’s his character that many times falls in the hands of the enemy, even becoming evil himself at some points. However, it’s only thanks to the love that Sailor Moon has for him that he manages to survive and with him, all us humans. Because as Takeuchi said “Girls have to be strong to protect the man they love”.

Sailor moon and the homosexual relationships

Sailor moon, pretty guardian sailor moon, japan italy bridge, japan, italy

But there are also other love relationships in the manga. The sapphic and unconcealed relationship between the androgynous Sailor Uranus and the sensual Sailor Neptune. A relationship that is somewhat veiled but that is clearly visible from the third act on.

Also, there's the homosexual relationship between two emissaries of the Dark Kingdome. Zoisite and Kunzite's relationship changed from version to version. Love in the animated series and strong friendship that never becomes love in the manga.

But we can also mention the strong bond between Sailor Mars and Sailor Venus, that reminds us of the bond between Mars and Venus in the ancient myths.

Naoko Takeuchi: an empire among stars, art and style

The ‘mother’ of our beautiful sailor warriors is, as said before, Naoko Takeuchi, born in 1967. It is as if she won the lottery of life in the world of mangas. Not only her most famous work is well known all around the world, but she also married Yoshihito Togaki, ‘father’ of Yū Yū Hakusho and Hunter x Hunter.
Also, she is close friend with other famous mangakas like Wataru Yoshizumi (Marmalade Boy) e Yuu Watase (Fushigi Yûgi).

The passion for drawings has always been with her in spite of the fact that she studied chemistry in University. Her style is characterized by clean and delicate lines, that are particularly lovely in the art book with doilies as decoration.

She is a woman of many passions, from literature, to cars, arts and many other things. In many cases she used the Art Nouveau works of Alfons Muchas as references for her illustrations. Another great passion of hers is fashion, various outfits used by Sailor warriors and their enemies were inspired by Maison Dior. The wonderful and iconic gown worn by Princess Serenity is inspired by Dior’s “palladio” gown from the ‘92 spring/summer collection.

Sailor moon, pretty guardian sailor moon, japan italy bridge, japan, italy

Thanks to its 20th anniversary, and now to its 25th anniversary, Sailor Moon shines brightly under a new lucky star. True happiness for all those kids that grew up with her and now have turned into grown up collector.

Sailor Moon Franchising

The Sailor Moon franchising goes from the classic dolls, to the most varied action figures. There are also countless make-up products, lots of cult objects like the replica of the Moon Stick, outfits and many things more.

The manga was adapted into a live action series, several OVAs, musicals and let's not forget the new anime adaptation of Sailor Moon Crystal released on July the 5th, in 2014.

Sailor moon, pretty guardian sailor moon, japan italy bridge, japan, italy

In Tokyo a theme bar was opened and remained active for some time. For all those that couldn’t go there, you can always visit the Azabu Juban “shopping district”, central district in Tokyo. This area is often shown in Sailor Moon’s frames. For every true fan this is a must if you want to feel like a real Sailor Warrior.

Photo credits: TumblrPinterest.
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Japan Folklore: Kitsune

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Kitsune (狐)

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La volpe che torna sempre

Kitsune. Furbe, scaltre, con una bellissima pelliccia colore delle foglie d’autunno, una folta coda e un musetto che quasi ti sorride. Le volpi sono in molte culture gli animali per antonomasia dell’astuzia, ma in Giappone hanno qualcosa in più. Esse infatti hanno qualcosa di sopranaturale e magico.

Le Kitsune sono nel folklore nipponico spiriti dotati di grandi poteri. Esse sputano fuoco, fulmini ed entrano nei sogni altrui. Questi poteri aumentano con il passare della loro longeva vita. Anche le loro code passano da una a due, tre fino ad arrivare a nove. Il manto che muta diventa di color bianco (talvolta oro) ma in alcune varianti anche nero. Le Kitsune sono famose per essere spiriti mutaforma. Moltissime sono le leggende dove queste creature si trasformano in bellissime e avvenenti donne che fanno innamorare il fortunato o sfortunato umano di turno.

Sono esseri ambivalenti, da un lato amabili amanti e dall’altro maliziose creature. Ci sono infatti diversi tipi di Kitsune. Le Zenko (善狐 "volpi buone") sono le accompagnatrice di Inari la divinità shintoista dell’agricoltura, il raccolto, il riso e la fertilità. Esse sono spiriti benevoli ed il loro incontro può solo portare liete novelle. Al contrario le Yako (野狐 "volpi di campo", o nogitsune) sono dispettose o per lo più malvagie.

In contrapposizione alle Zenko con il loro poteri portano guai e riescono a possedere gli esseri umani. I poveri malcapitati vengono chiamati yako-tsuki e la possessione li fa sembrare folli. Nel passato per giustificare malati di mente si credeva fossero posseduti da queste entità maligne. Talvolta l’incontro con loro causa la morte.
Oltre ad essere intelligenti sono molto sagge. Questa saggezza accresce con il tempo come i poteri fino alla onniscienza. Esse sanno tutto quello che succede nel mondo, conoscono il passato e ciò che accadrà in futuro.

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Leggenda Narra

Effettivamente la parola Kitsune non significa letteralmente volpe. Kitzu era il termine che ne indicava il verso. In giapponese antico, kitsu-ne significava "torna e dorme" oppure ki-tsune "torna sempre". La giustificazione può essere data da una delle tante leggende su questi spiriti. La più antica narra:

«Ono, un abitante di Mino (come narra un'antica leggenda giapponese del 545 d.C.), impiegò molto tempo per trovare il suo ideale di bellezza femminile. Una sera trovò la donna perfetta in una vasta palude decidendo quindi di sposarla. Contemporaneamente alla nascita del primo figlio anche il cane di Ono ebbe un cucciolo, che crescendo divenne sempre più ostile verso la donna delle brughiere. Ella pregò il marito di ucciderlo, ma lui si rifiutò. Un giorno il cane l'attaccò terrorizzandola tanto che lei tornò alla sua originale forma volpina e scappò via.

"Sarai anche una volpe" le diceva poi Ono "ma sei la madre dei miei figli e io ti amo. Torna quando ti pare; sarai sempre benvenuta".

Così ogni sera ella tornava e dormiva tra le sue braccia.»

(Dal racconto Torna e dorme scritto dal monaco Kyoukai nel tardo VIII secolo o all'inizio del IX secolo)

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Un essere dualista

Come detto sono spiriti mutaforma, hanno la capacità trasformarsi senza problemi d’età o di sesso. La loro figura più famosa e indubbiamente affascinante è quella di una bella e giovane donna. Infatti kitsune-gao (狐顔 "faccia da volpe") e un termine usato per descrive lineamenti femminili, con zigomi alti con occhi fini e ravvicinati considerati molto sensuali. Secondo la tradizione si crede che vedere vagare senza meta una bella donna durante le ore dell’imbrunire sia in realtà una volpe.

Per poter scoprirne la vera natura bisogna trovarne la coda poiché le Kitsune non riescono a mascherarla nella trasformazione. In alternativa si dovrebbe essere persone leali ma anche la loro avversione per i cani può essere un segnale, proprio perché animali leali riescono a percepirne il vero essere. Talvolta nella loro forma maligna le Kitsune traggono forza e potere dai proprio amante. Assorbono le loro energie tramite rapporti sessuali e prosciugano le forze dell’essere umano e macabramente ne causano la morte.

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Ci sono diversi santuari dedicati ad Inari il loro protettore ed e usuale trovare raffigurazioni di questi animali in giro per i templi. Il più conosciuto è il Fushimi Inari Taisha il santuario dedicato alla divinità situato a Kyoto. Presenti anche nel buddismo, troviamo Dakini l’alterego femminile di Inari, mentre cavalca una volpe bianca brandendo una spada. In questi templi, i fedeli sono soliti lasciare offerte di cibo per loro, udon, soba, sushi ma preferibilmente l'aburaage tofu fritto di cui si dice le Kitzune siano grandi golosone.

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Dalla tradizione alla animazione

Sono indubbiamente creature molto amate in Giappone. Sono presenti nelle maschere tipiche dei spettacoli teatrali in diverse varianti: Gin-Tenko /volpe d’argento, Kinko /volpe d’oro, Hakuko/volpe bianca e molte altre. Nei netsuke sono statuine di legno o avorio che fungono come borselli per adornare i kimono, ed è normale trovarle spesso in manga o anime di enorme successo. Il più famoso negli ultimi anni è stato sicuramente “Naruto”, il giovane ninja che ha sigillato dentro di se lo spirito di una volpe.

Questo animale infatti è presente nei tratti del carattere, nell’aspetto fisico e nei poteri. Ritroviamo le volpi anche in “Inuyasha” dove Shippo è un piccolo demone volpe che combina simpatiche gag mutando aspetto. Anche in Kurama personaggio di “Yu degli spettri” che da spirito di volpe rinasce umano come Shuichi Minamino. Molto presente in questo ultimo personaggio il bellissimo dualismo di questi spiriti. Da un lato umano di buona indole, devoto verso la madre, leale agli amici mentre dall’altro spirito di volpe crudele ed impassibile. Tuttavia, questi sono solo alcuni esempi di quanto abbiano influenzato il mondo dell’animazione.

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A Shiroishi, città situata a Tohoku regione nel nord del Giappone, si trova il Miyagi Zao Fox Village, un parco faunistico dove si possono incontrare questi simpatici animali nel loro habitat naturale ed in libertà. Qui si può notare come essi siano socievoli ed è facile scattare foto ed interagire con loro.

Festival, parate

Ovviamente in un paese amante delle tradizioni come il Giappone vi sono numerosi festival per celebrarli. Il Kitsunebi Matsuri, festival della volpe di fuoco, si celebra il quarto sabato di settembre in prossimità del santuario Okura Inari di Hida. In questa occasione, gli abitati creano una mascherata, un matrimonio per auspicarsi fortuna. Durante il capodanno invece a Kita (quartiere speciale di Tokyo) si celebra la parata delle volpi di Ōji. In questo evento, ci si veste da volpe per recarsi nel santuario di Ōji Inari. Questa parata prende spunto da una leggenda che vuole che le volpi di tutto il Giappone si riuniscano sotto un albero travestite da umani per festeggiare il capodanno e raggiungere assieme il santuario.

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I Matrimoni

Troviamo anche il modo di dire Kitsune no yomeiri (狐の嫁入り "matrimonio di volpi"). È risaputo che di notte le Kitsune si riuniscono, ed in fila l’una dietro l’altra percorrono i fiume e le montagne con lanterne di carta per celebrare delle nozze. Eccezione fa Tokushima dove si crede sia una processione funebre. A detta dei giapponesi se fuori piove ma c’è il sole le volpi festeggiano un matrimonio. Il pensiero cambia a seconda della zona dove ci troviamo. Per esempio, con la neve a Ehime mentre con l’arcobaleno a Kumamoto. A volte, con questi fenomeni atmosferici capita di notare delle sfavillanti lucine, esse sono infatti le lanterne delle volpi! Quando vi capita, fate attenzione, potreste vedere un matrimonio di volpi anche voi.

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The fox that always comes back

Kitsune. Clever, sly, with a beautiful fur the color of the Autumn leaves, a thick tail and a lovely face that makes them look like they are smiling. Foxes are in many cultures associated with slyness, but in Japan they have something more. In fact they have something magical and mysterious.
In the Japanese Folklore the kistunes are spirits in possession of great powers. They have fire breathing, they can create lightnings and can also enter people’s dreams. They can have a really long life and their powers grow stronger as they grow older, and so do their tails, that go from one, to two, three, up to nine of them. Their fur changes to become white (or sometimes gold), but according to some legends it can also be black.

The Powers

The kitsunes are famous for having shape-shifting powers. There are a great number of legends where these creatures take the shape of beautiful and charming women that make the fortunate or unfortunate man fall in love with them. They are ambivalent beings, on one side they are lovable lovers, on the other side they are mischievous creatures. In fact, there are different types of kitsunes.

The Zenko Kitsune (善狐 "good foxes") are the foxes that follow Inari, the Shinto deity of agriculture, harvest, rise and fertility. They are benevolent spirits and meeting one of them can only bring good news. On the contrary, the Yako Kistune (野狐 "foxes of the fields", o nogitsune) are mischievous and even evil. In contrast with the Zenko Kitsune, the Yako bring misfortune with their powers and can even posses people. The unlucky men that fall for their tricks are called Yako-tsuki and this possession makes them look they are lunatic. In the past it was said that people were possessed by these evil entities in order to find a justification for many mental illnesses. Sometimes the encounter with one of these spirits could bring to death.

They are not only intelligent but also wise. This wisdom increases with time, like their powers do, until they become omniscient. They know everything about this world, they know the past and what will happen in the future.

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As the tale goes

The world Kitsune does not literally mean ‘Fox’. Kitsu was the word used to indicate the sound emitted by these animals. In ancient Japanese, Kitsu-ne meant “that comes back and sleeps”, or it could also be read as ki-tsune, “that always comes back” The explanation for these interpretations can be give by one of the many legends about these spirits.

The most ancient one goes like this:

«Ono, an inhabitant of Mino (says an ancient Japanese legend of A.D. 545), spent the seasons longing for his ideal of female beauty. He met her one evening on a vast moor and married her. Simultaneously with the birth of their son, Ono's dog was delivered of a pup which as it grew up became more and more hostile to the lady of the moors. She begged her husband to kill it, but he refused. At last one day the dog attacked her so furiously that she lost courage, resumed vulpine shape, leaped over a fence and fled.

"You may be a fox", Ono called after her, "but you are the mother of my son and I love you. Come back when you please; you will always be welcome".

So every evening she stole back and slept in his arms.»

(From the tale It comes back and sleeps written by monk Kyoukai in late VIII s. Or in the beginning of IX s.)

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A dualist being

As mentioned, they are shapeshifting spirits and they have the ability to turn without age or sex problems. Their most famous and undoubtedly fascinating figure is that of a beautiful young woman. In fact Kitsune-gao (狐 顔 "fox face") is a term used to describe feminine features. High cheekbones and fine and narrow eyes, considered to be very sensual. According to tradition it is believed that seeing a beautiful woman wandering aimlessly during sunset hours it could actually be a fox.

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In order to discover their true nature we must find the tail as the Kitsune can not disguise it. Alternatively, you should be loyal people but also their dislike for dogs can be a signal. Loyal animals can perceive their true being. Sometimes in their malignant form, the Kitsune draw strength and power from her lover. They absorb their energies through sexual intercourse and dry up the human forces and gruesomely causing death.

There are several shrines dedicated to Inari, their protector. It's usual to find depictions of these animals around the temples. The most well known is the Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine dedicated to the gods located in Kyoto. Also present in Buddhism, we find Dakini, Inari's female alter ego, as she rides a white fox, brandishing a sword. In these temples, the faithful are used to leave offerings of food for them, udon, soba, sushi and preferably the Aburaage fried tofu which is said to be Kitzune's favourites.

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From the tradition to the animation

They are undoubtedly loved creatures in Japan. They are on traditional masks used in theatrical plays, in many variants: Gin-tenko / Silver fox, Kinko/ Golden fox, Hakuko/ the White fox, and many more.
The netsuke are the small statues made in wood or ivory. They are used as coin-purses to decorate kimonos, and are normally seen in popular mangas or anime. The most famous anime of the past few years is Naruto. Here the young ninja Naruto has the spirit of a fox sealed inside his body. This animal can be recognised in his personality, in his physical aspect, and in his powers too. We can find a fox in Inuyasa too. Here Shippo is a small demon fox that always creates funny gags changing his appearance.

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Also, in the character of Kurama, from Yū Yū Hakusho, we find a fox spirit that was reborn in the human form of Shuichi Minamino. In this last character it extremely visible the dualistic nature of these spirits. On one side, the good-natured human being, devoted to his mother and loyal to his friends, on the other side, the cruel and unaffected fox spirit.
But these are just a few examples of how kitsunes have influenced the world of the animation. In Shiroichi, in the Tohoku region (north Japan), we can find the Miyagi Zao Fox Village. This is a faunistic park where it is possible to meet these lovely animals in their natural environment. Here you can see how friendly they can be and it's really easy to take pictures or even interact with them.

Festivals, Parades

Obviously, in a country so in love with traditions like Japan, there are numerous festivals dedicated to foxes too. The Kitsunebi matsuri, ‘The Festival of the Fire Fox’, is celebrated on the forth Saturday of September in the vicinity of the Okura Inari sanctuary of Hida. On this occasion, people create a masked parade, a sort of rappresentation of the so called ‘Marriage of the fox’, to invite good luck. During the New Year celebrations, in Kita (special ward of Tokyo) takes place the parade of the foxes of Ōji. During this event, everyone disguise as foxes and go to the Ōji Inari. This parade is inspired by the legend that tells how foxes all around Japan gather around a tree disguised as humans to celebrate the New Year and then reach the nearby sanctuary.

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Marriage

We also have the saying Kitsune no Yomeiri (狐の嫁入り "the marriage of the foxes"). During the night foxes gather together, and in a line one behind the other, travel for rivers and mountains with lanterns made of paper to celebrate their marriages. An exception to this legend is Tokushima where it is believed that this is a funeral procession. According to Japanese people, if outside is raining but there is the sun too, then it means that foxes are celebrating a marriage.
This way of thinking changes from area to area. For example, in Ehime it happens when it is snowing, while in Kumamoto when there is the rainbow.
Nonetheless, with this atmospheric phenomenons it's not so uncommon to see small glittering lights. Those lights are the lanterns of the foxes. When you see something like this, pay attention, you might be able to see the marriage of the foxes!

Photo credits: tokyoblingmangadreamspinterestdeviantart.
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Kitsune ()

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The fox that always comes back

Kitsune. Clever, sly, with a beautiful fur the color of the Autumn leaves, a thick tail and a lovely face that makes them look like they are smiling. Foxes are in many cultures associated with slyness, but in Japan they have something more. In fact they have something magical and mysterious.
In the Japanese Folklore the kistunes are spirits in possession of great powers. They have fire breathing, they can create lightnings and can also enter people’s dreams. They can have a really long life and their powers grow stronger as they grow older, and so do their tails, that go from one, to two, three, up to nine of them. Their fur changes to become white (or sometimes gold), but according to some legends it can also be black.

The Powers

The kitsunes are famous for having shape-shifting powers. There are a great number of legends where these creatures take the shape of beautiful and charming women that make the fortunate or unfortunate man fall in love with them. They are ambivalent beings, on one side they are lovable lovers, on the other side they are mischievous creatures. In fact, there are different types of kitsunes.

The Zenko Kitsune (善狐 "good foxes") are the foxes that follow Inari, the Shinto deity of agriculture, harvest, rise and fertility. They are benevolent spirits and meeting one of them can only bring good news. On the contrary, the Yako Kistune (野狐 "foxes of the fields", o nogitsune) are mischievous and even evil. In contrast with the Zenko Kitsune, the Yako bring misfortune with their powers and can even posses people. The unlucky men that fall for their tricks are called Yako-tsuki and this possession makes them look they are lunatic. In the past it was said that people were possessed by these evil entities in order to find a justification for many mental illnesses. Sometimes the encounter with one of these spirits could bring to death.

They are not only intelligent but also wise. This wisdom increases with time, like their powers do, until they become omniscient. They know everything about this world, they know the past and what will happen in the future.

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As the tale goes

The world Kitsune does not literally mean ‘Fox’. Kitsu was the word used to indicate the sound emitted by these animals. In ancient Japanese, Kitsu-ne meant “that comes back and sleeps”, or it could also be read as ki-tsune, “that always comes back” The explanation for these interpretations can be give by one of the many legends about these spirits.

The most ancient one goes like this:

«Ono, an inhabitant of Mino (says an ancient Japanese legend of A.D. 545), spent the seasons longing for his ideal of female beauty. He met her one evening on a vast moor and married her. Simultaneously with the birth of their son, Ono's dog was delivered of a pup which as it grew up became more and more hostile to the lady of the moors. She begged her husband to kill it, but he refused. At last one day the dog attacked her so furiously that she lost courage, resumed vulpine shape, leaped over a fence and fled.

"You may be a fox", Ono called after her, "but you are the mother of my son and I love you. Come back when you please; you will always be welcome".

So every evening she stole back and slept in his arms.»

(From the tale It comes back and sleeps written by monk Kyoukai in late VIII s. Or in the beginning of IX s.)

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A dualist being

As mentioned, they are shapeshifting spirits and they have the ability to turn without age or sex problems. Their most famous and undoubtedly fascinating figure is that of a beautiful young woman. In fact Kitsune-gao (狐 顔 "fox face") is a term used to describe feminine features. High cheekbones and fine and narrow eyes, considered to be very sensual. According to tradition it is believed that seeing a beautiful woman wandering aimlessly during sunset hours it could actually be a fox.

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In order to discover their true nature we must find the tail as the Kitsune can not disguise it. Alternatively, you should be loyal people but also their dislike for dogs can be a signal. Loyal animals can perceive their true being. Sometimes in their malignant form, the Kitsune draw strength and power from her lover. They absorb their energies through sexual intercourse and dry up the human forces and gruesomely causing death.

There are several shrines dedicated to Inari, their protector. It's usual to find depictions of these animals around the temples. The most well known is the Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine dedicated to the gods located in Kyoto. Also present in Buddhism, we find Dakini, Inari's female alter ego, as she rides a white fox, brandishing a sword. In these temples, the faithful are used to leave offerings of food for them, udon, soba, sushi and preferably the Aburaage fried tofu which is said to be Kitzune's favourites.

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From the tradition to the animation

They are undoubtedly loved creatures in Japan. They are on traditional masks used in theatrical plays, in many variants: Gin-tenko / Silver fox, Kinko/ Golden fox, Hakuko/ the White fox, and many more.
The netsuke are the small statues made in wood or ivory. They are used as coin-purses to decorate kimonos, and are normally seen in popular mangas or anime. The most famous anime of the past few years is Naruto. Here the young ninja Naruto has the spirit of a fox sealed inside his body. This animal can be recognised in his personality, in his physical aspect, and in his powers too. We can find a fox in Inuyasa too. Here Shippo is a small demon fox that always creates funny gags changing his appearance.

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Also, in the character of Kurama, from Yū Yū Hakusho, we find a fox spirit that was reborn in the human form of Shuichi Minamino. In this last character it extremely visible the dualistic nature of these spirits. On one side, the good-natured human being, devoted to his mother and loyal to his friends, on the other side, the cruel and unaffected fox spirit.
But these are just a few examples of how kitsunes have influenced the world of the animation. In Shiroichi, in the Tohoku region (north Japan), we can find the Miyagi Zao Fox Village. This is a faunistic park where it is possible to meet these lovely animals in their natural environment. Here you can see how friendly they can be and it's really easy to take pictures or even interact with them.

Festivals, Parades

Obviously, in a country so in love with traditions like Japan, there are numerous festivals dedicated to foxes too. The Kitsunebi matsuri, ‘The Festival of the Fire Fox’, is celebrated on the forth Saturday of September in the vicinity of the Okura Inari sanctuary of Hida. On this occasion, people create a masked parade, a sort of rappresentation of the so called ‘Marriage of the fox’, to invite good luck. During the New Year celebrations, in Kita (special ward of Tokyo) takes place the parade of the foxes of Ōji. During this event, everyone disguise as foxes and go to the Ōji Inari. This parade is inspired by the legend that tells how foxes all around Japan gather around a tree disguised as humans to celebrate the New Year and then reach the nearby sanctuary.

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Marriage

We also have the saying Kitsune no Yomeiri (狐の嫁入り "the marriage of the foxes"). During the night foxes gather together, and in a line one behind the other, travel for rivers and mountains with lanterns made of paper to celebrate their marriages. An exception to this legend is Tokushima where it is believed that this is a funeral procession. According to Japanese people, if outside is raining but there is the sun too, then it means that foxes are celebrating a marriage.
This way of thinking changes from area to area. For example, in Ehime it happens when it is snowing, while in Kumamoto when there is the rainbow.
Nonetheless, with this atmospheric phenomenons it's not so uncommon to see small glittering lights. Those lights are the lanterns of the foxes. When you see something like this, pay attention, you might be able to see the marriage of the foxes!

Photo credits: tokyoblingmangadreamspinterestdeviantart.
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Japan Culture: Harajuku Girls

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Harajuku Girls

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Harajuku girls - Delle Harajuku girls (原宿ガール Harajuku gāru) ne abbiamo sentito parlare almeno una volta tutti, se non altro per le melodie di Gwen Stefani. La cantante infatti, nel 2004 riuscì a scalare le classifiche internazionali con le sue hit rendendo celebre in tutto il mondo questo stile d’abbigliamento. Nonostante fosse molto strano per un occhio occidentale, il gruppo divenne un forte successo creando un vero e proprio impero. A seguito di ciò, si sono sviluppati veri e propri marchi come Harajuku Lovers, ormai celebre in tutta l’America. Non dimentichiamo il recente KuKu Harajuku, cartone animato ispirato alla band e alla moda. Nonostante Gwen Stefani sia riuscita ad imporsi nel mercato occidentale con il suo brand, non ne è l’ideatrice. Questo particolare look vede la sua nascita già da qualche anno prima per le strade della mai noiosa Tokyo.

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Originatosi nella seconda metà degli anni novanta, il termine Harajuku (原宿 Harajuku, "alloggio nel prato") vede la sua nascita nell'omonima zona.
Shibuya, quartiere speciale di Tokyo dove è situata la stazione di Harajuku, è luogo noto per la creazione di nuove tendenze, mai banali ed estremamente in voga tra i giovani giapponesi. Questo è anche il quartiere con le più famose strade dedicate allo shopping. Le rinomate Omotesando e Takeshita, dedicate rispettivamente alle marche più note (Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton ecc) e allo stile giovanile ed alternativo. Quest’ultimo tende a mescolarsi con un intreccio di brand e stili, andando a creare qualcosa di sempre innovativo.

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L’Harajuku look fa parte della street fashion. Al suo interno è possibile trovare diversi sotto stili: gothic lolita, sweet lolita e decora per citarne solo alcuni. Nonostante essi vengano associati in prevalenza alle le ragazze in età adolescenziale, all’interno di questa cultura i ragazzi non ne sono esenti. Non è raro infatti trovare fra questi coloro che seguono uno stile più legato al punk giapponese.

Colori sgargianti, tessuti su diversi strati, Kimono tradizionali si mescolano con capi occidentali e accessori fuori dalle righe. Il tutto rende brillante il modo di imporsi in queste strade. Chi decide di seguire lo stile Harajuku, deve prepararsi alla costante corsa all’ultimo trend, poiché in Giappone tutto viene surclassato in un breve lasso di tempo.
È ammesso e concesso tutto nel look purché sia sempre un'espressione della propria individualità personale. Non c’è un modello preciso da seguire, non si deve essere la copia di qualcun altro. L'importante è esprimere il proprio modo di essere. Per questo motivo, più che una semplice moda diventa un vero e proprio stile di vita.

Photo credit: Tokyo FashionAmy in Wonderland

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Harajuku Girls

harajuku girls, japan italy bridge, japan culture, japan tradition, cultura giapponese, tradizioni giapponesi

Harajuku girls - We've heart about the Harajuku girls (原宿ガール Harajuku gāru) at least once, if not for Gwen Stefani's melodies. The singer in 2004 managed to climb the international charts with this hit making this clothing style famous all over the world. Although it was very strange to a westerner's eye, the group became a huge success creating a vast empire. As a result, real brands such as Harajuku Lovers were born and are now famous throughout America and the world. Let us not forget the recent KuKu Harajuku, cartoon inspired by the band and the fashion. Despite Gwen Stefani has managed to establish herself in the western market with this brand, she isn't the creator. This particular look sees its birth some years before on the streets of the never boring Tokyo.

harajuku girls, japan italy bridge, japan culture, japan tradition, cultura giapponese, tradizioni giapponesi

Originated in the second half of the nineties, the term Harajuku (Harajuku 原宿, "accommodation in the meadow") sees its birth in the homonymous area.
Shibuya, the special district of Tokyo where the Harajuku Station is situated, is a place known for the creation of new trends, never dull and extremely popular among the Japanese youth. This is also the district with the most famous shopping streets. The well know Omotesando and Takeshita, the first dedicated to the most famous brands (Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, etc.) and the second to the youthful and alternative style. The latter tends to mingle with different brands and styles, creating something more innovative.

harajuku girls, japan italy bridge, japan culture, japan tradition, cultura giapponese, tradizioni giapponesi

The Harajuku look is part of the street fashion. You can find different sub styles: gothic lolita, sweet lolita and decora to name a few. Although they are associated mainly with the girls in adolescence, within this culture the boys are not exempt. It is not rare to find among them those who follow a look more tied to the Japanese punk style.

Bright colours, layering, traditional Kimonos mingle with western clothes and accessories outside the lines. All of this makes brilliant ways to establish itself in these streets. Those who decide to follow the Harajuku style, must prepare for the race at the last constant trend, because in Japan everything is outclassed in a short amount of time.
It is admitted and granted everything in a look as long as it is always an expression of your own personal individuality. There is not a precise model to follow, it should not be a copy of someone else. The important thing is to express your way of being. For this reason, more than just a fashion this becomes a real lifestyle.

Photo credit: Tokyo Fashion; Amy in Wonderland

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Harajuku Girls

harajuku girls, japan italy bridge, japan culture, japan tradition, cultura giapponese, tradizioni giapponesi

Harajuku girls - We've heart about the Harajuku girls (原宿ガール Harajuku gāru) at least once, if not for Gwen Stefani's melodies. The singer in 2004 managed to climb the international charts with this hit making this clothing style famous all over the world. Although it was very strange to a westerner's eye, the group became a huge success creating a vast empire. As a result, real brands such as Harajuku Lovers were born and are now famous throughout America and the world. Let us not forget the recent KuKu Harajuku, cartoon inspired by the band and the fashion. Despite Gwen Stefani has managed to establish herself in the western market with this brand, she isn't the creator. This particular look sees its birth some years before on the streets of the never boring Tokyo.

harajuku girls, japan italy bridge, japan culture, japan tradition, cultura giapponese, tradizioni giapponesi

Originated in the second half of the nineties, the term Harajuku (Harajuku 原宿, "accommodation in the meadow") sees its birth in the homonymous area.
Shibuya, the special district of Tokyo where the Harajuku Station is situated, is a place known for the creation of new trends, never dull and extremely popular among the Japanese youth. This is also the district with the most famous shopping streets. The well know Omotesando and Takeshita, the first dedicated to the most famous brands (Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, etc.) and the second to the youthful and alternative style. The latter tends to mingle with different brands and styles, creating something more innovative.

harajuku girls, japan italy bridge, japan culture, japan tradition, cultura giapponese, tradizioni giapponesi

The Harajuku look is part of the street fashion. You can find different sub styles: gothic lolita, sweet lolita and decora to name a few. Although they are associated mainly with the girls in adolescence, within this culture the boys are not exempt. It is not rare to find among them those who follow a look more tied to the Japanese punk style.

Bright colours, layering, traditional Kimonos mingle with western clothes and accessories outside the lines. All of this makes brilliant ways to establish itself in these streets. Those who decide to follow the Harajuku style, must prepare for the race at the last constant trend, because in Japan everything is outclassed in a short amount of time.
It is admitted and granted everything in a look as long as it is always an expression of your own personal individuality. There is not a precise model to follow, it should not be a copy of someone else. The important thing is to express your way of being. For this reason, more than just a fashion this becomes a real lifestyle.

Photo credit: Tokyo Fashion; Amy in Wonderland

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