Archive for the ‘Cultural Commentary’ Category

Coming from an academic background I’m always interested to read academic articles discussing otaku culture. Sharon Kinsella has written these articles on the subject. Sounds a bit dry? Here’s a quote from Japanese Subculture in the 1990s: Otaku and the Amateur Manga Movement: A limitless secret world of smoldering underground clubs where baby girls in […]


Images are from the Nippon Vogue article “Stranger in a Strange Land” in which French and Italian couture is contrasted against traditional kimonos.


Advice for foreigners studying Japanese, and the importance of learning kanji to do it.


Pictures of the fashion brand Takuya Angel which combines elements of traditional Japanese and contemporary clothing, and discusses the modern revival of the kimono.


An introduction to the Origami Cupcake blog which focuses on art, design and Japan, and discusses why Japanese culture is so interesting to me.