Sunday, October 31, 2010

Kobe by Night

Here are some more photos of Kobe from the recent Globalization fieldtrip. One can't get enough of Kobe whether it be by day or by night...

Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween: A Legitimate Time for Cosplay?

This is how Halloween was celebrated at my university; the celebration gets bigger and bigger every year with both international and Japanese students, faculty and staff participating. Was Halloween the origin of cosplay? Or was it Star Trek conventions? Cross-dressers?


Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture presents a conference

COSPLAY: Media, Identity and Performance in Japan and Beyond

Saturday, November 13, 2010
14:00-18:00 (doors open at 13:30)
Sophia University Yotsuya Campus, Bldg 12, Rm 301

For information see:

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Belly Dancing in Kobe: That's Globalization!

As posted a while back in VAOJ, belly dancing is quite popular in Japan. And in our recent Globalization Fieldtrip to Kobe, we encountered some belly dancers at the Kitano Art Festival.

See related article, Riding the belly dance wave in Japan:

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fall 2010 Globalization Kobe Fieldtrip

Students from the Japan and Globalization class and special guests recently went on a fieldtrip to Kobe in search of globalization. And globalization they found: belly dancers in Kitano (see future separate post), Turkish ice cream in Nankin Machi and Halloween treats in Harbor area. Congratulations to Sam and Francesco for winning the Kobe Globalization Photo Contest - their respective photos appear below.

Click here for posts about previous Globalization fieldtrips to Kobe.

Photo by Sam: Harbor Land in Kobe

Photo by Francesco: Che Guevara photo. (He was born in Argentina, protagonist in the Cuban people revolution, then Congo, Bolivia. Now on cigarettes package with Chinese kanji, in the Chinatown of Kobe Japan) That is Globalization!

Here are some shots from me:

A rear view of a windmill in Kitano.

Kitano Tenmagu Shrine.

Art Fair at Kitano.

A friendly witch at the Kitano Art Fair.

Eclectic shops.

A globe in the shopping arcade.

A group of deaf people posing in Nankin Machi.

Coffee shop owner; this is the coffee shop where the professor rests his weary bones after hours of walking up and down the hills of Kobe.

Turkish ice cream in China Town.

China Town skyline.

Fashionable hair salon.

Man taking a rest under the big fish by the Harbor.

Happy Halloween.

Many thanks to all fieldtrip participants. And stay tuned for the belly dancer pictures and photos of the Kobe night scene. And now the fun blogging procrastination must end and midterms must be graded... 頑張ります!