Tokyo Olympics to be postponed to summer 2021 at the latest

It's official: the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic

written by: Erika | Source: The Japan Times

March 24, 2020, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced that he has reached an agreement with the International Olympic Committee to postpone the Tokyo Olympics to next summer at the latest.

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Abe "reconfirmed" with the president of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach that the Olympic Games will not be canceled but that the two have reached a common agreement to hold the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics "at the latest by summer 2021".

The announcement, which came following Abe's call with Bach, Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike, Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee chairman Yoshiro Mori and Olympics minister Seiko Hashimoto, indicates that the games will be postponed for the first time during a peace period.

The Japanese Prime Minister said that the health of athletes and visitors played an important role in the decision to postpone the games and that it would be difficult to hold them later this year.

"Given the current circumstances, I asked him to consider that the Tokyo Olympics be postponed for about a year to make sure athletes from around the world are able to perform in the best condition possible and to ensure spectators' safety and security as a host country , ”Abe told reporters.

The prime minister has promised to ensure that the Olympics and Paralympics will be held in "complete form" also to prove that humanity has conquered the new coronavirus.

“Japan will fulfill its responsibilities as a host nation,” Abe said. “Given that goal, we’ll be making adjustments about venues, and we understand that an IOC meeting will be held soon,” 

Tokyo 2020

As announced during the press message, the Olympics will be held at the latest in the summer of 2021. However, the possibility of holding them during the next spring cannot be excluded as long as the pandemic linked to COVID-19 is under control.

According to official sources, given the unprecedented situation and the deterioration worldwide, the organizers have decided that the Olympic torch will remain in Japan until the start of the Olympics. This will be for all a "beacon of hope" for the whole world during this difficult period. It is hoped that the Olympic flame will become the light that guides us towards the end of this tunnel in which we find ourselves.

Although they will be held in 2021, these Olympics will continue to be called the Tokyo 2020 Games but more details will emerge from the next meetings of the International Olympic Committee.

In addition, Koike specified that canceling these Olympics would have devastating results for the Japanese people. Although postponing these games constitutes a major financial loss for Japan, the IOC and the shareholders hope that this decision can stem the damage to a minimum in the hope that the pandemic is under control by then.


Japan Italy Bridge interviews: Shito Hisayo, AAPPARÉ designer

Japan Italy Bridge interviews: Shito Hisayo, AAPPARÉ designer

Written by: Erika Swan, Yoshi | Translated by: Yoshi

Our special feature series, "Japan Italy Bridge Interviews" is back with an interview with designer Shito Hisayo who will be talking about the concept behind her brand AAPPARÉ!

To start, what is AAPPARÉ?

Answering that, AAPPARÉ is a brand line that was designed and conceived from the notion, “I want to bring the national dress of Japan, Kimono, into global fashion.”
Introduced as “Japan Kimono”, this new fashion can be casually worn as it utilises the elegance and formative beauty embodied in Kimono to pair clothes, which look like Western wear that retained the silhouette of a traditional Kimono’s neckline and sleeves, with sash belts, straw sandals, and boots.
The fabric used is woven in Shizuoka Prefecture’s Hamamatsu City and sewn in Japan, and even the knitwear uses materials produced in Niigata Prefecture’s Mitsuke City, making sure that the garments are truly and genuinely made in Japan.
In addition, “Hyottoko” and “Okame”, the symbols of “a good man and woman of traditional Japan”, are attached on the garments as brand logos.

AAPPARÉ

―― Firstly, please introduce yourself.

I am Shito Hisayo and I am a designer. I own 8 brands where I sell, make, and create head-to-toe outfits of western wear, kimono, and accessories that I design.

―― What led you to start this business?

It was my love for fashion. Especially when it comes to kimono.

―― What do you pay particular attention to in running this business?

That there is “only one” (of each item).

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―― What does it mean for you as a woman to run the business in Japan?

In the male-dominated kimono industry, I believe that I can bring something new into it because I design with the perspective, ideas, and sensitivities of a woman.

―― How do you think the global market perceives AAPPARÉ?

(I believe that AAPPARÉ) is being seen as an evolution of kimono. It is modern and easy to wear; it is fashion that can be as easily appreciated as western wear.

―― Do you think that growing a global presence is difficult?

I don’t think that it is difficult. I believe that AAPPARÉ matches the modern lifestyle scene as it possesses both the elegant designs of kimono and the functionality of western wear.

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―― What do you personally think is the thing that attracts Westerners to Japan?

I believe that it is the charm of the Japanese people; their diligence and subtlety.

―― On the other hand, what do you think of Italy?

I feel that the Italian sense is similar to my works. I feel that we share parallels in terms of using slightly deviant designs and colour shades, like smokey gold, silver, and bronze.

―― What are the similarities between Italy and Japan?

The fact that we are both well-attuned to what is stylish and that we enjoy fashion from the bottom of our hearts.

―― How do you see the future of the relationship between Japan and Italy?

I believe that there are wonderful discoveries to be made through the combination of Italy’s superb leather processing technology and Japan’s unique colours and designs.

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―― Going back to 『AAPPARÉ』, what are your future plans and goals?

I want to open a shop in the airport where people from all around the world converge. I also want to open shops in countries all over the world. At the same time, I think it’ll be interesting if (the brand) could (supply) uniforms for restaurants or casinos.

―― Lastly, please leave a comment for our readers.

As a Japanese person who loves Japan, my hope is that I can elevate Japanese kimono fashion into the global fashion industry.
Filled with those thoughts, “AAPPARÉ” was created.
Thank you for your present and future support.
Shito Hisayo

And that was our intimate interview with Shito Hisayo! Having read it, how do you feel? What do you think? Do share your comments with us on our Facebook page!
To find out more about Shito Hisayo and her brand, do check out the official links below!

– Links –

Website: https://shito-hisayo.jp/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shito1027hisayo/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shitohisayo_official/


2020 Best Japanese Shows on Netflix

We can’t really deny the fact that Netflix is one of the biggest revolutionary inventions of the latest years, so here are some of the best shows available on the platform.

In the last weeks, the world has changed, and these days when we are forced to stay home, our very intimate relationship with Netflix has become even closer. In fact, this is the moment when you can take advantage of all the new Japanese shows on the streaming website. Whether you are a fan of tv series or not, you can enjoy these shows and also practice your Japanese skills.

Terrace House

2020 Best Japanese Shows on Netflix

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Terrace House (テラスハウス) is a reality show franchise in Japan. The first series of the show was also known as “Boys×Girls Next Door”. It aired on Fuji Television's Cool TV from October 12, 2012 to September 29, 2014 for eight seasons. After the huge success, an independent film was released as a continuation/conclusion of the series.
On September 2015, Netflix previewed Boys & Girls in the City as one of its Original Series. The new show is a co-production of Netflix and Fuji, also broadcast on Fuji Television in Japan switching also its location to a hidden area in central in Tokyo.

One of the most well known Japanese show of the platform, Terrace House has its obvious draws. We are all intrigued by the inevitable romances that blossom on the show, but it’s also interesting to see how the people in the show work to accomplish their personal goals. Of course, together with this, there are also the occasional hiccups among the housemates, which are always fun to see.

Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories

Best Japanese Shows Netflix

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Do not watch while you are hungry. “Midnight Diner” features a man who is known as “Master” and runs a small restaurant from midnight to 7 am. The place welcomes a mixed clientele every night who share their fascinating personal stories while eating mouth-watering home-style dishes. During these hours, the Master becomes a confidant for everyone.
As you join these lone diners at the table while they connect with each other, you’ll find yourself connecting with them too and discovering a new reality of the Tokyo By Night.

As we said, do not watch this if you are hungry or you will start craving whatever Master is dishing up that night, even if we can’t guarantee that won’t happen anyway.

The Naked Director

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This is the show everybody is talking about. Inspired by the life of director Toru Muranishi, the show is a provocative narrative of his eccentric and bizarre adult film career. During the apex of the economic boom in the ‘80s, Toru Muranishi, an unsuccessful salesman, tries his luck in the porn industry in Japan. Despite the lack of experience, Muranishi quickly learns the potential of VHS and builds an empire for himself, revolutionising the Japanese porn industry.

The Comedy-drama series was only released in August, however, Netflix has already confirmed the renewal of the show for a second season.

Samurai Gourmet

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After a year of being a salaryman, Takeshi Kasumi struggles to find a new routine for himself. While his wife carries on with her usual daily activities, Kasumi goes out looking for a bite to eat. While around he discovers his inner samurai who encourages him to live each day to the fullest. Living also each meal to the fullest will help him, and us, enjoy the food the way it’s meant to be.
Samurai Gourmet is a series that not only will help you rediscover the beauty of each meal but also take you to the streets letting you explore yourself and a new city.

Queer Eye: We’re in Japan!

Best Japanese Shows Netflix

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A reality rebooted in 2018 and ready to release its 5th season. The show had overwhelming success and caught the attention of a man with its inspiring message of self-worth.
Five experts take on Japan for the first time and help some locals to rediscover themselves by sharing their flair and skills. With Naomi Watanabe and Kiko Mizuhara the group set out to transform lives together. This long-awaited mini-series filmed in Japan is and highlights some of the most exciting cultural aspects together with some emotional moments.

Atelier

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If you liked “The Devil Wears Prada” this is the show for you. Wide-eyed newcomer Mayuko Tokiya starts working for a lingerie design house in Ginza, the Tokyo fashion district. Even if she’s at her first job, Mayuko is determined to find her feet under the scrutiny of the company and its founder, sort of a Japanese Anna Wintour.
This one-season long series will take you on an eventful journey where Mayuko paves her way in a fast-moving fashion house and city.

Million Yen Women

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Adapted from the homonymous manga by Shunju Aono, five women appear at the house of a struggling novelist, Shin Michima. By paying him a monthly sum of a million yen, they ask for rent and living expenses in exchange. However, Michima doesn’t know why these women are here and they won’t let him ask any questions. While this could seem like a story from a manga for young men, each woman has actually her own personality. Their refusal of giving out any information creates an interesting dynamic that will amaze you and make you watch all the episodes in one go.

Switched

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When in high-school, have you ever dreamed of switching places with the most popular girl in your school? This drama series tells the story of a depressed student Zenko Umine who commits suicide while a fellow student Ayumi sees her falling from the rooftop. After passing out, Ayumi wakes up and finds herself in Umine’s body, while Umine is in Ayumi’s. With many twists and turns, we get a closer look at how the high-school students are under pressure from today’s society.

Good Morning Call

Best Japanese Shows Netflix

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Among the most successful shows on Netflix, the two-season romantic comedy-drama series is a live-action television adaptation of the homonymous manga by Yue Takasuka. Co-produced by Fuji TV and Netflix, the story is set in Tokyo and follows the relationship between teenager Nao Yoshikawa and Hisashi Uehara. When moving to her new 2 bedroom apartment, Nao discovers that the coolest and most popular guy in school is also moving in. Realizing they have been scammed into renting the same apartment, they agree to become roommates in secret so to be able to make the rental payment. While following their adventures, you’ll find yourselves rooting for this couple and being amazed by how much relationships can be difficult at any age.

Followers

Best Japanese Shows Netflix

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Premiered on Netflix on February 27 2020, the series revolves around the city of blinding lights, Tokyo. With its life, colours, fashion and ambition, the city is a background for the story of Limi Nara, a famous and successful fashion photographer. She advanced her career with photographs of modern Tokyo, capturing the changes in the city and the people that live in it. Leading a confident and independent life both privately and professionally, she’s in contrast with the young struggling actress Natsume Hyakuta. Having problems in both her professional and personal life, Hyakuta is in search of self-confidence and her own identity. All of this changes when one day Limi publishes a photograph of Natsume on Instagram. From this moment on, the life of the young actress and the ones around her changes completely while these two women try to find their own way to happiness and love.

Ajin

Best Japanese Shows Netflix

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Kei Nagai, a student who discovers he’s an Ajin, a demi-human when he’s fatally wounded in a traffic accident. In this world, a small number of humans possesses extreme regenerative abilities that are triggered upon death or mortal injuries. This allows them to completely recover from their wounds in a matter of seconds, even the most extreme ones. Together with this, Ajin can create “black ghosts”, highly dangerous combat-oriented entities that are invisible to normal humans. These ghosts are resistant to any physical injuries, have extraordinary physical strength, razor-sharp teeth and claws. Black ghosts have their own level of intelligence and for example, most of them are completely reliant on their Ajin for directions, others are more independent.

Obviously, Ajin are considered dangerous and inhuman by the people and most are captured by governments. The nations came to protect Ajin but in reality, they use them as subjects for cruel experiments to exploit their healing abilities. As a result to this, two factions are created and some Ajin escaped from the laboratories are looking for revenge. Tune in to this sci-fi anime series and discover how the story unfolds.

These are just some of our favourite shows currently available on Netflix. Join the conversation on our Facebook page and tell us which one is your favourite!


Bringing Japan to Italy: episode 10 - Hoshitaro Asada

Our feature 『Bringing Japan to Italy』 is back with episode number 10 dedicated to Hoshitaro Asada, who works at the Sogen sakagura in Ishikawa in Japan.

His mission is not only to produce one of the best sake in the world, but also to spread Japanese culture internationally. He told us about the similarities between Italy and Japan and how Italians see and live the world of sake.


Japan Meets Italy: Networking aperitivo - 1st edition

Here we are with a new event organized by Japan Italy Bridge, we are talking about "Japan Meets Italy: networking aperitivo".

As you well know by now, the purpose of Japan Italy Bridge is to bring together and promote Japanese companies in Italy and vice versa. Through digital marketing, the creation of websites and the management of events, we aim to help Japanese companies to promote themselves on the Italian and European territory and vice versa.

After talking to various realities in the area, we noticed a lack of chances to create new connections between the various companies. For this reason, we decided to create "Japan Meets Italy: networking aperitivo", a recurring appointment to give the Japanese companies in the area the opportunity to make themselves known, create new connections and spend pleasant time together.

On January 30, 2020, we invited 30 companies on the Italian territory to join us for an evening of sharing. The first meeting held in TENOHA Milano found great success among the participants. A moment not only of joy and light-heartedness but also a beautiful occasion where the participating companies were able to create new connections. A networking evening where Japan met Italy to strengthen this friendship that has lasted for more than 150 years and to create even stronger partnerships between the companies of the two countries.

Some of the participating companies shared updates and presentations of ongoing projects in order to generate a connection between the realities of the territory.

We want to thank all the companies and all the people that have joined us to celebrate this evening. Japan Meets Italy will return in the spring with a brand new edition and many other opportunities to meet and connect with each other.

For more information and to participate in the next edition: angela@japanitalybridge.com
Photographer: Alberto Moro

 

 


Hidetoshi Nagasawa at Palazzo Reale in Naples - "Under the sky and above the earth"

The connections between Japan and Italy are increasingly present on our territory and the exhibition by Hidetoshi Nagasawa at the Royal Palace of Naples is proof of this.

Hidetoshi Nagasawa

"Under the sky and above the earth" is the name of Hidetoshi Nagasawa's exhibition at the Royal Palace of Naples until 10 March 2020. However, before going into the heart of the exhibition, let's briefly see who the artist is.

Who is Hidetoshi Nagasawa

Nagasawa was born in 1940 in a small village in Manchuria where his father served as a medical officer of the imperial army. Following the invasion by the Soviet Union, the family was forced to abruptly leave the country. The theme of the trip will deeply mark the heart of the artist and a large part of his artistic production.

Hidetoshi Nagasawa

The great journey

At the age of twenty-six, married for only six months, he decided to quit his career as an architect to devote himself exclusively to the artistic activity. So he left Japan with only five hundred dollars and a bicycle. The bicycle trip lasted a year and a half and led him to visit most of the countries of the Asian continent to reach Turkey. However, as he was about to return, listening to a Mozart opera on the radio prompted him to continue his journey. So he left on a ferry that would take him to Greece and, from there, with his bicycle, he arrived in Brindisi.

Once arrived in Italy, Hidetoshi Nagasawa visited Naples, Rome, Florence, Genoa, and Milan. Here, just like from the title of the famous movie, they stole his bicycle and so he decided to stop in August 1967.

The artistic evolution

Hidetoshi's first exhibition dates back to 1969 at the Sincron Gallery in Brescia. The production of this period is linked to conceptualism. These are verbal games engraved on metal plates, "actions" in the Lombard countryside and videos.

Since 1972 he has dedicated himself to sculpture and creates demanding works with the use mainly of gold, marble, and bronze. It is precisely in this period that Nagasawa's language takes on a precise physiognomy and originality. In fact, his style is characterized by the fusion of mythical and religious elements in a continuous dialogue between Eastern and Western culture.

In the eighties he began to create environments, operating on the border between sculpture and architecture. Here he decides to experiment with the creation of "anti-gravity" works and these works represent the focus of his research.

The garden became a predominant element in the nineties. Starting from the Zen gardens of the Japanese tradition, Hidetoshi Nagasawa arrives at a hybrid result. In fact, once again a continuous elaboration and personal reflection are born. We can, in fact, say that the themes at the center of research and the creation of "places" are the fence and the passage. The garden is no longer a simple landscape or architectural element but becomes a real living organism.

Hidetoshi Nagasawa: Under the sky and above the earth

With his innumerable journeys, Nagasawa came into contact with various cultures all different from each other. "To understand a culture, you always need another" he said in one of his last interviews and this seems to be the most effective quote for the exhibition at the Royal Palace of Naples, curated by Anna Imponente.

Created in collaboration with the CAMUSAC-Cassino Foundation Museum of Contemporary Art in Cassino, directed by Bruno Corà, with the valuable contribution of Ryoma Nagasawa, the exhibition focuses on a series of large sculptures.

In fact, in the court of honor we find the majestic "Well in the sky", 1995-2014 (200x1000x1000 cm). Boat, 1983-1988 (60x350x80 cm) of brass and paper clings to the walls of the monumental access staircase. Il Groviglio di quanta, 2014 (525x40x40 cm) and Matteo Ricci, 2010 (50x360x360 cm), composed of eight Carrara marble and steel elements lying on the ground are works in which iron and marble create a game of seemingly vacillating joints.

Hidetoshi Nagasawa

However, the beauties of Hidetoshi Nagasawa do not end there. In fact, we also find a selection of graphic works in wax and charcoal. These works configure galaxies and landscapes and echo the idea of a delimited and concluded space typical of oriental gardens.

"Nagasawa's installations lowered into the rational architecture of the late Mannerist geometric forms of Palazzo Reale," says Anna Imponente, "express, in opposition, the aesthetic and philosophical concept of the "Ma", the interval of the "empty" space between multiple elements structural, in indefinite and suspended positions ".

Hidetoshi Nagasawa

If in these last winter weekends you don't know what to do, we suggest you make a small stop in Naples and enjoy this exhibition in all its beauty and grandeur.

Details on the exhibition

When: From 10 December 2019 to 10 March 2020
Hours: Thursday to Tuesday 9: 00-20: 00 (last admission 19.00); Wednesday closed.
Where: Royal Palace Piazza del Plebiscito, Naples
Ticket price: Royal Palace and exhibition € 6 - Reductions and gratuity according to current legislation
Contact and information: polomusealecampania.beniculturali.it

Source: napolidavivere.it


TENOHA &| TASTE: it's Setsubun time

Spring is approaching and with the beginning of the lunar year the Setsubun also returns to TENOHA Milano.

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Stetsubun is a very important occasion, considered as important as "new year's eve" in Japan. With the start of the lunar new year, this anniversary purifies the evil of the previous year and chases away the evil spirits of the new one. The term Setsubun derives from change (bun) and season (setsu). The ritual of purification from evil is called Mamemaki and consists of throwing soybeans against Toshi Otoko (年男, man of the year), the man of the family born under the zodiac sign of the incoming lunar year or in his absence the oldest family member in the house. He will be the one to wear a demon mask and have soybeans thrown at him while shouting "Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!" or "Demons go out! Good luck come inside!". The children then collect the beans and eat one for each year of their age.

Setsubun can be celebrated in TENOHA Milano this year too! There will be an aperitif full of unique and special contents! Would you like to know more?

Each person will have the chance to eat a whole roll of Ehomaki (one roll is about 20 cm) facing the direction of luck which is different each year and depends on the zodiac sign of the new year. The Ehomaki contain ingredients of seven different colours that represent the seven deities of society. If you can eat all the Ehomaki roll according to the rules, you will have a very lucky year! In this case, you will have a very lucky year of the Mouse. Are you ready to try?

Setsubun

The Setsubun is the ideal time for those who want to live a different experience together with your friends and loved ones, feeling in Japan without taking the plane. As you well know, TENOHA Milano often gives you this possibility. Renew your energies, do it in joy and with determination! It will be the talisman against all evil that will allow you to live the new year in a very Japanese way!

Details for the Setsubun aperitif event

When: from 31 January to 3 February from 18:00 to 20:30
Where: TENOHA &| TASTE, Via Vigevano 10, 20144 Milano
Cost: 12€ aperitivo

Highlights:
* buffet + Ehomaki + drink
* Powered by ASAHI

Further information: tenoha.it

Photo credits: ilikemilano.com


The year of the Rat in Milan with Cathay Pacific

2020 is the beginning of a new decade but also the beginning of a new cycle of the lunar calendar, we have in fact entered the year of the Rat and in Milan, Cathay Pacific celebrates it as well. From 24 to 30 January, Corso Como will host a large scenography installation to celebrate a happy Year of the Rat together.

Cathay Pacific  Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific, a Hong Kong-based airline, has strengthened its grip on the route to Japan in recent years. Here in Milan, for the second consecutive year, the airline has been celebrating this important anniversary in a truly unique and special way.

In conjunction with the celebrations for the Chinese New Year, an ambient media will enliven the city of Milan from 24 to 30 January, inviting the public to be teased by the exclusive offers from Cathay Pacific.

A large mouse-shaped scenographic installation, over 2 meters high, will be located in Corso Como at the corner with Viale Pasubio. A week of celebrations in the city, attracting the attention of adults and children of the Asian community and beyond. On this occasion, it will also be possible to discover Cathay Pacific'sl the new offers and destinations towards Asia, to fly in comfort, absolutely not to be missed!

The hashtag #DecollaColTopo will allow you to share your photos on social networks with the cute mouse signed by Cathay Pacific. We are waiting for you there!