Fukai Nihon 深い日本 - Shades from Japan
Among the most important and well-known deities in Japan, Raijin and Fujin through the centuries have always had an important presence in Japanese culture and society. By transcending religion and folklore we can now find them almost everywhere as in commerce (clothing, gadgets, accessories, ect.) And in entertainment.
In a technological Japan, that always looks to the future, superstitions are well rooted, more than you think and at all social levels. We'll show the most peculiar and strange ones.
Hard to believe right? in a country like Japan, think that superstitions are still alive, and above all that they are many, even if different by location, it is hard to believe. Some are very strange (as often happens here too) other ridiculous, and some disturbing.
The kintsugi 金 継 ぎ, is an ancient technique used to repair ceramic objects using gold, silver, or lacquers with gold powders or other colors. We'll discover togther in detail how this deeply rooted art functions and how it transcends philosophy.
This technique, which we can also find under the name of kintsukuroi 繕 い, dates back to the 15th century when a Japanese commander sent his teacup to China to be repaired.
A few years ago I saw a particular documentary on television, there were banners, honor pickets, bands etc. I asked my Japanese friend what it was and he explained that they were part of the Imperial Guard.
The Imperial Guard refers to two distinct organizations which, are guided by the same primary purpose, the protection of the emperor, the imperial family and the places and properties linked to them.