Onmyōdō: Ancient Magic in Japan (Film, Manga, Anime, Novels and Games)


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)

A Saga of Seduction in Japan: Tale of Genji (The first novel ever written)


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)