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June 2016

[Travel] Tokyo – the experimental bookshop Matsuoka-Maruzen

[Manga/Occult] Mysteries in the life of Shigeru Mizuki: spiritual possession, the little people and drug trip

[Aesthetics] Shuji Terayama (I): A deck of Tarot cards, dark and strange

[Food] Of Japanese cuisine and the law of the universe

[Book] ‘Gold Warriors: America’s Secret Recovery of Yamashita’s Gold’ (2006) by Sterling Seagrave and Peggy Seagrave

[Book] ‘The Yamato Dynasty: The Secret History of Japan’s Imperial Family’ (1999) by Sterling Seagrave and Peggy Seagrave

[Book] ‘Lost Japan’ (1996) by Alex Kerr

[Book] Lee O-young (III): A cultural theory of rock-paper-scissors

[Film] My top 10 Japanese films

[Manga] ‘Arakawa Under the Bridge’ by Hikaru Nakamura (Part I): the Venusian woman, the myth of Tannhäuser, and the meaning of ‘recruit’

[Aesthetics] Fonts of mystery: the calligraphy of Kukai

May 2016

[Manga] Usamaru Furuya (II): His Third Phase and ‘Teiichi no Kuni’

[Aesthetics] Broken is beautiful – the art of ‘kintsugi’

[Book] Lee O-young (II): ‘As above, so below’ in linguistics

[Anime] Occult aspects in ‘Kyousougiga’ – Tetragrammaton, esoteric Buddhism and Lurianic Kabbalah

[Aesthetics] Shades of beauty in Japan: madness & violence

[Occult] The occult meaning of “mushi” or “bug” in Japanese culture

[Manga] Usamaru Furuya (I): The early works

[Book] Lee O-young (I): Of linguistic bugs and pitfalls in perspective

[Anime] ‘Belladonna of Sadness’ by Eiichi Yamamoto

[Film] My top 10 Japanese films

[Anime] A note of nostalgia: Satoshi Kon, Kunio Kato, ga-nime etc

[Manga] ‘Cesare’ Vol. 1-11 by Fuyumi Soryo

[Anime/Book] ‘Shin Sekai Yori’ / ‘From the New World’: commentary and analysis

[Food] Watermelon Radish + Euglena Salad Dressing

[Gadget] My top 10 stationery items from Japan

April 2016

[Manga] ‘Kakukaku Shikajika’ by Akiko Higashimura: Portrait of a Young Woman as an Artist

[Book] Occult aspects of Japanese cuisine

[Manga] ‘Shitsuren Chocolatier’ Vol 1-9 by Setona Mizushiro

[TV] My top 3 jdramas in 2015

[Book/Anime] Occult aspects in ‘Shin Sekai Yori’ by Yusuke Kishi

[Book] ‘Nihonjin ga isshou tsukaeru benkyou-hou’ by Tsuneyasu Takeda

[Manga] ‘Historie’ Vol.1-9 by Hitoshi Iwaaki: The fortunes of Eumenes of Cardia