We have a new episode for you! Finally, after almost 6 months (more or less) we get back to our original format, commenting on three different news that caught our eyes. First, we talk a little bit about the Onsen Theme Park in the city of Beppu, which this month show a little bit of what it will be built to the people who backed up this idea through crowd funding. Our second topic is socializing parents, specially mothers who are being pressured to be the perfect mom, giving small space for relief or meeting friends. Finally, we discuss the role of Traditional culture in the 2020 Olympics’ inauguration, after the declaration of some members of the organizing committee that emphasize that things like sumo or kabuki should not be part of this event.
Join the discussion. Would you like to go to an Onsen theme Park? How do parents get help in taking care of children so that they can socialize in your country? Should Japanese traditional culture be part of the Olympics’ inauguration? Let us know in the comments!
The Living Japan crew is back! This time, we once again talk about Japanese pop culture and how it has been adapted in the West by analyzing the debate around the casting of Scarlett Johanson as Motoko Kusanagi for the movie adaptation of Ghost in the Shell. Is it really white washing? Can foreign actors representing characters conceived in Japan help having more diverse casts in Japan? What do Japanese people think about this issue?
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What happens when Motoi leaves Brent and Edgar alone in the studio?? They start to talk about nerdy stuff!!! Join us while Brent and Edgar talk a little bit about the differences between comics and manga.
On this week’s episode Brent talk to us about his first acupuncture experience in Japan. Later on we talk about the message of the UN representative Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, who urged Japan to have stricter laws in order to ban the sexual depictions of underage characters in manga. Finally, we answered our first ever Facebook message from our listener Robert, from Poland, who after watching a viral video, asked us if it is true that Japanese children have to clean their schools by themselves.
It’s summer and this means it is time for festivals, or as they are called in Japanese, Matsuri Season! Join Motoi, Brent and Edgar as they discuss the different type of Matsuri that you can find in Japan, some of their experiences and how to have a great time when visiting a summer festival! We also discuss the issue of the Japanese artist related to the obscenity laws in Japan.