Forma (review)

“A fantastic psychological journey into the drama of the the (unsaid) signifier”. Introduction: Ayako Kaneshiro (Nagisa Umeno) is a young, mid-20s woman who still lives with her emotionally reserved father (Ken Mitsuishi). One night, while travelling home after work, Ayako meets a former classmate, Yukari Hosaka (Emiko Matsuoka) at a construction site where she works…

Zentai

Introduction of the term   The signifier Zentai (ゼンタイ) is a portmanteau word, which is a word or morpheme whose form and meaning are derived from a blending of two or more distinct forms. Zentai derives from the term: “zenshin taitsu”, 全身タイツ. Let’s take a closer look at that last signifier and the kanji’s and katakana’s of which…

An ordinary way of saying what’s to come

Hello, こんにちわ, to everyone who’s reading this, to everyone whose interest in Japanese culture (the high and/or the low arts) made him find this blog. I want to give everyone a brief heads-up, a brief look into the future. No, not into your future, but into the future of this blog. For this, I ask, like Robin Hood…