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Sakura -Japan in the Box-

The Meijiza Theater from Tokyo has a history of 140 years of art performing.

People had enjoyed different forms of acting throughout the Meiji, Taisho, Showa and the Heisei Eras. Kabuki shows but also newer forms of theater are shown to the public. And recently a new idea and an innovative form of acting can be enjoyed here at nighttime.

I am talking about the show called Sakura – Japan in the Box. This performance blends Japanese traditional arts like acting, dancing and playing various instruments with modern pop culture, anime and games. The performance is also being synchronized with projections of different animated pieces. It is meant for local and foreign public, and therefore, little dialogue is used.

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The show is a spectacular game of colors, motions, traditional japanese instruments – that culminate with feelings, absorbtion into the story. The performing act has to be synchronized with the animation shown in the background – therefore a lot of effort was put into the work of the actors and the producers.

This is a story about Sakura – a girl who is living her daily routine without something special attached to it. But one day – an encounter with a mysterious fox changes everything. She is taken on a journey across time and space – she meets the spirits of the four seasons:

– The Spirit of the Spring, Miyabi

– The Spirit of Summer, Choco

– The Spirit of Autumn, Rin

– The Spirit of Winter, Setsuna

The show is a compilation of kabuki, taiko players, shamisen players, sword fights and some beautiful animations that make the story powerful.

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Comic Art: Ethereal Details

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I can’t say I am a big fan of comics.. besides a few chapters of The Darkness and The Walking Dead – I didn’t indulge myself into anything. And I hear there are a few titles worth anyone’s time.

Maybe I should read some. With artworks like this.. who doesn’t love spiders?

Cosplay: Subculture Sense

There’s a period in everyone’s life when they decide what type of personality will they make public – what image will they be associated with. People have interests, hobbies, things they enjoy doing, reading about, practicing – things that represent them. We are all unique and we all have something to fight for.

It is a well-known truth and still there are some that actually don’t agree with the idea. They are always looking to find a way to display their emotional in-activities through complaints and bad behavior. I call them haters.

Not everybody is attracted to science. Not everybody enjoys movies, visual arts, cooking, gaming and so. That’s why people divided into little groups called subcultures – each of them representing something that the individual likes, loves, adores, lives for. Cosplay is one of these things.

At first – people interested in creating a real-life image of their favorite characters from anime, games, movies and other media products – were individuals that kept their interests hidden from the outside wold. They existed only in a virtual realm – where they could share infos and ideas about their passion.

Soon after that, conventions made it possible for them to publicly express their interests. They gather around and show the world what they’ve been up to, what costumes they worked on and what characters from a fictional universe are better represented in reality.

The picture [left] – representing Marvel’s Bishoujo Black Widow – cosplayed by VampBeauty is one of the many examples of why this cosplay phenomenon is having such a success.

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