Tag Archives: Counterculture

On the campaign trail with the eternal rebel Kōichi Toyama

It’s election season in Tokyo again, which can mean only one thing: noise. Elections are a clamorous affair, from stump speeches delivered on top of vehicles in plazas, to the constant pilgrimage of campaign vans roaming around the neighbourhoods, blaring … Continue reading

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Rediscovering Mitsutoshi Hanaga, photographer of Japanese post-war counterculture, the avant-garde and protest movements

The recent deaths of Genpei Akasegawa, Takuma Nakahira, Seijun Suzuki and Toshio Matsumoto were reminders that the generation who crafted so much of the visuals of the post-war era in Japan are slipping away. And with this reminder comes another: … Continue reading

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Freedom of assembly in Japan under threat as protests against nuclear power and Constitutional change blocked

Article 21 of Constitution of Japan reads as follows: Freedom of assembly and association as well as speech, press and all other forms of expression are guaranteed. No censorship shall be maintained, nor shall the secrecy of any means of … Continue reading

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Yokohama court upholds civil right to hold political flash mobs in Japan

Welcome to Kanagawa, Music and food for twenty yen Music and food Welcome! Welcome to Kanagawa! Music and food and company! Music and food Welcome! Stephen Sondheim, Pacific Overtures Rejoice, because it’s now legal to mob in Kanagawa. In a … Continue reading

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Street protests and publications form growing anti-Olympic movement in Tokyo

The freedom to make and remake our cities and ourselves is … one of the most precious yet most neglected of our human rights. David Harvey On the afternoon of January 22nd, a small protest of some 80 people set … Continue reading

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