Breaking the Silence


Finally back in japan! Actually I have already been here for a while… This time I’m here as an exchange student which is also my excuse for my long radio silence. But what would be a better time to break the silence than today and now ? I was really wondering what to write to the Export-Manga blog this time. So this will be a warm up!

And the story begins…

Last week I took part in the “Challenge walk”. Apparently it is an annual event that goes way back to the history of our school, though originally it had nothing to do with the said school. In it I had to walk (running was strictly banned :D) from my school to Choufu and the distance was roughly about 30km. I also heard some rumors that the original challenge walk had been 60km, so this was a peace of cake compared to that. Sun was shining and it was warm outside so everything was perfect!

  • Water – check!
  • Shoes – check!
  • Good company – check!


Walk walk walk!


At one point one of my walking buddies pointed out that we were in front of a bridge that can be seen in the ending of an anime called “Isshuukan Friends(一週間フレンズ)” and told me that the school where the anime takes place was also somewhere nearby. There is a picture for proof bellow and I quatro checked it. Anime pic->Real life eyes->-Anime pic->Real life eyes->Anime pic… and YES! That must be it! For a moment I felt like the world was starting to loose one of its dimensions




As the goal was drawing near, we had the chance to witness a really cool phenomenom: sun rays coming out from little holes through the clouds. It was a really, really divine and breathtaking view! We kept staring at the sky as we walked on and about 10 minutes later,  a phone began to ring in one of my group member’s pocket. After answering the call he found out that we had missed the last checkpoint some kilometers ago… 😀 So yes: breathtaking – check!

We reached the goal after about 5 hours of walking and yeah, I felt pretty good about myself – though my knees were aching, but that was a small price to pay for such an experience. The only thing that went through my head after reaching the goal was “Ramen, Ramen Ramen, Ramen” … but that’s another story!


Challenge walk completed!

BTW – Christmas is coming and the little elves of Export-Manga have started doing their magic, so stay tuned!

Ordering a la carte: we send you anything from Japan, our ninjas are everywhere

To celebrate this new year 2017, in we have changed our look and we are also implementing our online search service. Remember that export-manga is the only store located in the heart of Japan and which offers you a personalized and exclusive online search service to find what you are looking for. Martial arts items and clothing, aikido, manga, anime, merchandising, crafts, technology, video games * …

We have a group of people working 24 hours a day and tracing old products and not so old as well, the latest in the market… Whatever it is: limited editions that you are not able to find or old collectible retro products. Just send us your request, your most sought-after item or the one you already want and nobody can offer you … it will be a challenge for us to find it! As they say in Japan: Banzai !!!
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Merry Christmas 2017 from Japan: the best in aikido goods, merchandising, anime, manga, technology and japanese culture

One more year we wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year from the rising sun.

This time in 2017, a year we hope to be as prosperous and happy as possible.

Remember that you can consult us anything you need; Not only with respect to our products and services but also regarding anything related to Japan. We will help you as much as possible.
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The world of Ghost in the Shell

The world of Ghost in the Shell

The world of Ghost in the Shell

Philosophy and spirituality: metal souls. The Tao of cybernetics.

Perhaps it was this film and will continue again with its continuation the most emblematic title within a way to understand the “anime” that constitutes much of the image that this one has acquired in the West: technological future and often dark, spectacular action sequences and almost always vertiginous contrasts to pauses conducive to meditation (when not for sleep) and approaching vital and even philosophical issues … In short, a film in the line of another great superproduction, Akira with which it shares diverse elements, as a remarkably ethnic soundtrack


In the game of comparisons and definitions, which usually happens when you introduce something new, Ghost in the Shell is the animated equivalent of a hypothetical Blade Runner (Director’s Cut) II in which Ridley Scott and James Cameron had collaborated. The establishment of all the abundant parallels remains in the hands of the reader as an intellectual pastime, but there is a point of divergence that is vital: the final solution given in most American films on cybernetics is usually reassuring, reaffirming the value of humanity as species or as an attribute to be reached and / or maintained by robots and ciborgs, which contrasts strongly with many Japanese works such as this one.
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