Category: Gaijin Deep Dives

Alice Ridley – Navigating Japanese Rap

Exploring the ideas around J-rap content, black influence, and the rise of Japanese artists into the global stage

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Metal Music and Samurai Steel – How Metal appeals to Japanese audiences

Metal Concerts are electrifying regardless of where you find them. The crowd unites in an ecstatic throng of energy and movement, guided by the steady hand of the band.

All people are brought together in the cacophonous celebration, breaking down the boundaries between them all, if only for an hour.

Japanese metal is no different, and it is the focus of this week’s post. So don your studded leather jackets and enter the mosh pit.

It’s time to find Metal in Japan.

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Taking Tea & Making Meaning – The Way Tea Ceremony Brings Us Together

This is the essence of Japanese Tea Ceremony

Incense burns. A single scroll resides in a modest alcove with a flower to compliment it. But for the whoosh of the bamboo whisk, the room is silent. A bowl is placed in front of you.

You pick up the bowl, turn it in your hand, take a sip of the tea, and pass it to the next person. As the matcha travels down your gullet, you taste the complexities of the fine tea powder. The person next to you experiences the same sensation in turn, and for a brief time you are connected.

You do not acknowledge the connection, but it is felt by each of you. In the silence of the room, in the presence of your host and one another, with the tea flowing through each of you, you have found a cause for union. The tea has brought you together, and together you will savor it before parting ways once again.

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Making Matsuri Magic

As humans, we are social by nature. Be it with family, friends, or fellow fanatics, we are wont to gather in mutual celebration or commiseration, and this may take many forms. Perhaps we gather to watch opposing sports teams battle over a piece of pigskin, or maybe we assemble with all the other Avengers to see the newest Marvel movie, or even just convene to cook food in each other’s company.

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