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Pielgrzymka na święty wulkan Japończyków

Niepokoję się, czy zdążymy przed nocą. Jest październik, ciemno robi się koło piątej, szóstej, ale dziś ciężkie chmury sprawiają, że od rana panuje mrok.

Podążamy przez gęstą puszczę – wśród oplecionych porostami cedrów, kryptomerii, buków i leszczyn. Wilgoć i mgła. Wokół ogromne paprocie, chaszcze. I mech, wszechobecny w Japonii mech. Pod nogami ścielą się gnijące liście, wystające spod nich korzenie drzew wiją się niczym oślizgłe węże. I jeszcze raz po raz ogromne, brunatne głazy – zastygła lawa.

Naszym celem jest góra Fudżi. Ścieżka, którą zmierzamy przez północne jej zbocze, to Yoshida – najstarsza spośród kilku prowadzących na szczyt tras, wytyczona kilkaset lat temu przez mnichów i ascetów. Korzystali z niej pielgrzymi, dla których trwająca często parę tygodni wyprawa była głębokim przeżyciem duchowym.

https://magazynpismo.pl/pielgrzymka-na-swiety-wulkan-japonczykow/#

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Posted by on September 13, 2018 in Asia

 

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In Giappone si comincia a parlare di lavorare meno

I dirigenti giapponesi dovrebbero prendere esempio da Yoshihisa Aono, il fondatore della Cybozu. Se gli uffici dell’azienda che produce software fossero a Palo Alto sarebbero piuttosto comuni, ma per gli standard di Tokyo – dove ogni giorno una marea di stacanovisti in abito nero va al lavoro in luoghi funzionali ma squallidi – sono piuttosto insoliti. Nel quartier generale della Cybozu ci sono scimmie e pappagalli di peluche. I dipendenti indossano abiti informali, scarpe da ginnastica e siedono su sgabelli sorseggiando caffè davanti ai loro computer portatili. Aono esce dall’ufficio alle 16.30 per passare del tempo con i figli. Diversamente dalla maggior parte dei padri giapponesi, va in congedo di paternità. E va addirittura in vacanza.

https://www.internazionale.it/notizie/2018/08/23/giappone-lavoro-karoshi

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2018 in Asia

 

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A Generation in Japan Faces a Lonely Death

Cicadas, every Japanese schoolchild knows, lie underground for years before rising to the earth’s surface in summer. They climb up the nearest tree, where they cast off their shells and start their short second lives. During their few days among us, they mate, fly and cry. They cry until their bodies are found on the ground, twitching in their last moments, or on their backs with their legs pointing upward.

Chieko Ito hated the din they made. They had just started shrieking, as they always did in early summer, and the noise would keep getting louder in the weeks to come, invading her third-floor apartment, making any kind of silence impossible. As one species of cicadas quieted down, another’s distinct cry would take over. Then, as the insects peaked in numbers, showers of dead and dying cicadas would rain down on her enormous housing complex, stopping only with the end of summer itself.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/30/world/asia/japan-lonely-deaths-the-end.html

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2018 in Asia

 

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Asia’s new ways to say goodbye

On a recent Saturday afternoon on the roof deck of a small ship in Tokyo Bay, 13 passengers sat in somber silence as the vessel chugged its way to the middle of the inlet. The tortured lyrics of John Lennon’s 1970 song “Mother” wafted faintly from a speaker inside the boat as jets roared against a deep blue sky above.

In the water below, hundreds of brightly colored flower petals floated on the surface, marking the spot where a paper bag containing the cremated remains of a passenger’s family member had been tossed into the bay.

https://asia.nikkei.com/Features/Cover-story/Asia-s-new-way-of-dying-Funerals-for-the-21st-century-Asia-s-new-ways-to-say-goodbye

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2018 in Asia

 

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Japan struggles to overcome its groping problem

A group of men boarded the women-only car of the Chiyoda Line subway in Tokyo during the morning commute on Feb. 16 as a form of protest, saying that excluding men was a form of discrimination. Such protests are not unusual, but the media almost never covers them. In this case, the women who were already on the train objected loudly, but the men refused to leave after the train arrived at Kokkai-gijidomae Station, thus prompting station staff to become involved. Then, one of the protesters pushed the emergency stop button on the platform. The train ended up being delayed by more than 15 minutes.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/03/17/national/media-national/japan-struggles-overcome-groping-problem/#.WsjksoDOO9c

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2018 in Asia

 

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Why Is Japan Populist-Free?

Contemporary Japan may have its flaws, but it is now much more egalitarian than the United States, India, or many countries in Europe. By remaining a country of, by, and for the middle class, where the most affluent tend to be discreet, Japan has avoided the dangerous politics roiling developed and developing countries alike.

TOKYO – Even as a wave of right-wing populism is sweeping Europe, the United States, India, and parts of Southeast Asia, Japan has so far appeared to be immune. There are no Japanese demagogues, like Geert Wilders, Marine Le Pen, Donald Trump, Narendra Modi, or Rodrigo Duterte, who have exploited pent-up resentments against cultural or political elites. Why?

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/japan-no-populism-reasons-by-ian-buruma-2018-01

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2018 in Asia

 

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Why changing Japan’s pacifist constitution is a big deal

AFTER a landslide election win on Sunday that saw his ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) coalition secure a two-thirds “super majority”, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made it clear he seeks to push for his long-held goal of constitutional revision.As his electoral victory started to become clear, Abe said he wanted to deepen the debate on the topic and seek agreement among the ruling bloc and the opposition. He also made clear that he had dropped his initial 2020 deadline for the amendments, favouring consensus over rushing.Having secured 313 seats in the 465-member chamber, Abe has his the two-thirds majority needed to pass any proposed revisions in the lower house.Convincing the public, however, may prove more difficult. Changing the constitution is a highly controversial issue in Japan, where many still see the pacifist aspect as an integral part to maintaining peace.Here’s a little background on the history of the constitution and why changing it is a big deal both for the people of Japan, and the region as a whole:

Source: Why changing Japan’s pacifist constitution is a big deal

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2017 in Asia

 

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Meet Erica, the world’s most human-like autonomous android – video 

With his robot Erica, Hiroshi Ishiguro, the so-called bad boy of Japanese robotics, aims to redefine what it means to be human

Source: Meet Erica, the world’s most human-like autonomous android – video | Technology | The Guardian

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2017 in Asia

 

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Abe caught out in school scandal 

Growing scandal’ is the only way to describe the unfolding story about Moritomo Gakuen, a private education company in Osaka responsible for the controversial early education programs and schools currently under scrutiny in the Japanese parliament and press because of its close connection to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Source: Abe caught out in school scandal | East Asia Forum

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2017 in Asia

 

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2016: The year Japan said ‘sayonara’ to some sexist terms 

What a year 2016 has been. Recently, a usually frugal girlfriend of mine drained her bank account by moving into a new, swanky apartment, and by buying a bag and shoes from Prada. It seems she’d had enough of the litany of bad news. もう今年に耐えられない (Mō kotoshi ni taerarenai, I can’t take this year anymore) was her explanation. わかるよ、お姉さん (Wakaruyo, onēsan, I feel you, sister).
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2016/12/26/language/2016-year-japan-said-sayonara-sexist-terms/

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2017 in Asia

 

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