Have you ever wanted to be a ninja, a covert agent or mercenary of feudal Japan? If so, you would specialize in many unorthodox practices in the arts of war. Your functions would include espionage, sabotage, infiltration and assassination. Still think you are up for the job? The abilities to be sneaky and deadly quick… Read More So, you want to be a ninja?
The magic and mystery of onmyōdō and the onmyōji, who practice the ancient art, are an esoteric combination of Wu Xing, Yin and Yang, Taoism, Buddhism and Shintoism. It came to Japan in the fifth and sixth centuries. In the popular culture of film, manga, anime novels and video games, there are a host of these magicians and soothsayers, tweaked with extraordinary, supernatural power. The anime, Ghost Hunt presents the… Read More Onmyōdō: Ancient Magic in Japan (Film, Manga, Anime, Novels and Games)
Many things can be said of Murasaki Shikibu’s fictional account of the Heian aristocracy, set in eleventh century Japan. Yet the true heartbeat of The Tale of Genji, is the recurring rhythm of artful seduction that pulsates through Hikaru Genji, i.e. the shining genji, the novel’s main protagonist. It is thought that Genji’s character is… Read More A Saga of Seduction in Japan: Tale of Genji (The first novel ever written)
Your name is Hachiko, Prince Hachiko. It is the year 593 AD. Your father, Shusun, the emperor of Japan, has been murdered by the Soga clan. You barely escaped with your own life before they could kill you as well. Broken-hearted and afraid, your home stolen by the wicked Soga, you wander the countryside, almost aimlessly until one… Read More Three “Brother” Mountains of Dewa (Japan)