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A short history of the Japanese hippie movement

We might begin with a series of snapshots. Young people sniffing paint thinner in plastic bags around Shinjuku Station. Long-haired, bearded musicians like the Taj Mahal Travellers, embarking on a tour of Asia. Artists hanging out at trendy, edgy venues … Continue reading

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Anti-2020 as a transnational movement: Creating autonomous spaces through international protest and solidarity against the Olympics

This article is based on the original English version of a chapter published in German as “Anti-2020 als transnationale Bewegung: Die Schaffung autonomer Räume durch internationalen Protest und Solidarität” in NOlympics. Tōkyō 2020/1 in der Kritik, eds. Steffi Richter, Andreas … Continue reading

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Anti-Olympic Poster Committee issues open call for anti-2020 poster designs

Calling all designers and artists! The Anti-Olympic Poster Committee is a new initiative by the Institute of Barbarian Books, an independent print workspace in Fukushima, which has issued an open call for participants. People are encouraged to “join” the committee … Continue reading

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Letter from Tokyo: A documentary about counterculture in Tokyo

Letter from Tokyo is a documentary made by Morgan Quaintance, a London-based artist, writer and curator, about counterculture in Japan’s capital. It highlights several key counterspaces in the city, such as the anarchist infoshop Irregular Rhythm Asylum and the “intersectional … Continue reading

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Sweden, a new novel by Matthew Turner about the fascinating history of American Vietnam War deserters in Japan

I uncovered many things during my brief and, so far, sole trip to Hawaii, though probably none that the regular visitor would expect. I was there to browse materials in the Kōji Takazawa Collection of Japanese Social Movement Materials at … Continue reading

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