Japanese Drama: The Japanese that the Japanese don’t know (日本人の知らない日本語)

Some time ago I watched a brilliant drama, which I only got to know recently, about the daily life (although a little exaggerated) at a Japanese language school. It was really fun and incredibly close to reality (at least my experience) and I felt really nostalgic about my Japanese school times. Both students and teachers … More Japanese Drama: The Japanese that the Japanese don’t know (日本人の知らない日本語)

Anime: Sakura Quest (サクラクエスト)

Sakura Quest (サクラクエスト) is a 25-episode Japanese anime television series produced by P.A.Works and directed by Masui Soichi. It aired from April 5, 2017 to September 20, 2017. The anime is described as part of P.A. Works’ “working series”, which tells the stories about people and their jobs, after Hanasaku Iroha and Shirobako. Yoshino Koharu … More Anime: Sakura Quest (サクラクエスト)

Anime: Blossoms for Tomorrow (花咲くいろは)

Recently I watched a really beautiful anime entitled Hanasaku Iroha (花咲くいろは, literally meaning “The ABCs of Flower Blooming”), which aired in Japan between April and September 2011 and had two manga adaptations created. There was also an animated film (Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet Home) which was released in Japanese theaters on March 30, 2013. The plot centers … More Anime: Blossoms for Tomorrow (花咲くいろは)

Reborn from Ashes

Last weekend I had the chance to visit Hiroshima and Miyajima, two of the places I most wanted to visit in Japan. It was a two day trip which first day was spent in Hiroshima, and the second in Miyajima, where stands my beloved Itsukushima Shrine. The first day was… shocking. Visiting the Peace Memorial … More Reborn from Ashes

Studio Ghibli: Pom Poko (平成狸合戦ぽんぽこ)

Pom Poko (平成狸合戦ぽんぽこ, Heisei Tanuki Gassen Ponpoko, lit. “Heisei-era Raccoon Dog War Ponpoko”) is a 1994 Japanese animated fantasy film, written and directed by Takahata Isao and animated by Studio Ghibli. Consistent with Japanese folklore, the tanuki (Japanese raccoon dogs) are portrayed as a highly sociable, mischievous species, which are able to use “illusion science” … More Studio Ghibli: Pom Poko (平成狸合戦ぽんぽこ)