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A Trendy or Cool Japan? These Case Studies will Enlighten! A Book Review

26 Oct

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Tim Craig’s Cool Japan is an excellent study in nearly everything a student of Japanese pop culture will want to know more of and get answers to those aspects he or she is afraid to ask. If the product can be exported out of the country to experience then it is explored here. Specific companies are examined in this collection of essays, and the big three — traditional culture, popular culture and business — are looked at in synchronicity. The topics include nearly every aspect of the entertainment scene. Foodies will take delight in two chapters too (more on this later).

From the music industry to Sumo culture and even video games, the breadth of knowledge this author reveals (some units are in collaboration with others) is amazing. To take a look at the differences between Japanese games and Western ones is just one tiny part of this particular chapter. Not everyone knows about the details behind the merger of Square(soft) and Enix, and what it meant from a financial standpoint.

The title of this publication is aptly named as it is also the name of the initiative the Japanese government started back in 2010. The goal is to broaden the greatness of this country’s most exportable products and “capitalize commercially on the worldwide popularity of Japanese manga, anime, film, TV dramas, fashion, food, and other cultural products. It was also a response to the widely noted fact that—despite exceptions like Pokémon, Studio Ghibli and Sanrio’s Hello Kitty—Japan’s cultural industries were underperforming internationally. Despite the global popularity of their products, Japan’s cultural creators were earning far less than their counterparts in the United States and South Korea.”

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Top Rank Sumo Wrestler Wows Fans with Ghostly Kimono

29 Jul

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Born in Tottori in Tottori Prefecture, Ishiura Masakatsu is that region’s pride and joy, not only because he is within the top ranks of Japan’s professional sumo league but because he won the “Fighting Spirit” prize at November’s Kyūshū basho in Fukuoka. Having the least amount of weight in the top division (260lbs), the wrestler from Miyaginobeya (beya meaning “stable” which is a home that sumo wrestlers live in both full and part time) has done considerably well for one who got a late start in the sport at the age of 23. Ishiura had no plans to enter sumo but changed his mind after seeing many wrestlers from his amateur days turn professional.

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