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Birth of manga ....... Japan or China

manga read image

For a large part of Manga and Anime fans it is indisputable and well known that they are of Japanese origin, however it is difficult to say when they were born exactly and they are really not the usual Chinese invention transposed to Japan,
as the "non-connoisseurs" claim? To answer these questions, I did a short research which I expose in this article.

Manga, Pop Culture, Samantha Sisto

Yami Kawaii: the Controversial Side of Harajuku

Harajuku

Few, very few, are the people in this world who, in front of a sparkling, dazzling, inviting reality, stop and look at it carefully; very few people wonder what it hides behind it, the dark side. In Harajuku, the fashionable and colorful district of Tokyo, the darkness of existence is called "Yami Kawaii" and it is a purely fashionable subculture, which combines pastel-colored dresses with psyche disorders, or rather a visual representation of them.

Pop Culture, Yami Kawaii, Harajuku, Samantha Sisto

Umaibō うまい棒 the Japanese Snack among the most popular in the world

umaibo

 

I'm sure many of you will know it, it's often the protagonist in films, drama and especially anime. A really cheap snack that you won't want to stop eating.
The product was created in 1979 with a different name, but in the form and idea that we find today. They wanted to create a snack aimed especially at young people that had a really low price. And so it was if you think that usually these snacks are sold individually around 10-12 yen, they are corn based bars but you'll often see bags on offer with multiple bars of different flavors.

Pop Culture, Umaibō, Mauro Piacentini

Internet Cafe and Manga Cafe Between Social Phenomenon and Japanese Specialty

manga cafe 1articolo in italiano

 In Japan they are an institution, for us tourists they are a double godsend because they allow you to use internet and at the same time relax and read (or watch for those unfamiliar with Japanese) interesting manga without having to buy them. In Japan the terms are interchangeable but let's see in more detail one of the favorite places of the Japanese and beyond.

 

Society, Internet Cafè, Manga Cafè, Samantha Sisto

The Rise of Book-Off an Institution in Japan

book off 1Japan is known for being a country that has "care" of consumer goods, intrinsic in society with reflections in some spiritual and religious concepts related to everyday objects, which other countries around the world are starting to apply.
An example of these "cures" is the recycling and thinking about it not only as a "good deed for the environment", but as a real "business strategy". Although this system exists in other countries like mine, it is not applied in such a "systematic" way.

Society, Book-Off, Samantha Sisto

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