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Thursday, January 21, 2010

I proposed myself for a voluntary cooperation with CICAP, the "the Italian Committee for the Investigation of Claims on the Paranormal". They were searching for translators willing to lend a hand in translating material from "less common languages", like French, German and the like. So I wondered if they would have been interested in translations from Japanese.

The talk went on a bit, and a general interest on the relationships between Japan and paranormal things emerged. So, I started a bit of an investigation on the field.

It is well known that Japanese people have a traditional attraction towards supernatural and paranormal talks. While the first "gothic literature" in Europe is generally placed at the beginning of the '800, and individuated in works as "The Castle of Otranto" and "Wuthering Heights", Japanese literature is two-way bound with supernatural themes since the first records, and theatre pieces like "Yotsuya Ghost Story" produced in the early '800s was counting on an already solid tradition.

This may depend on the shamanic roots of the early Japanese culture, which changed into a more organized cult during the passage out of the pre-historic period into the early Japan as a central state emerged around 600 AD, but whose founding principles was never totally forgotten.

In the beginning, the search for people and associations seriously approaching paranormal phenomenon and claims of supernatural activities had been harder than I thought. I will digress on this aspect as my research progress.

However, I've been able to get in touch with an amazing set of fellow researchers, forming the ASIOS. The relatively young association (born in 2007) had already performed a quantity of investigations, promoted a series of books on scientific investigation (and dismantling) of "paranormal facts" and published a collective book called "The solving of mysteries". The president of the association, Mr. Honjou Tatsuya, replied to my first contact letter with an unexpectedly warm welcome.

I am so starting my journey in to the Japanese mysteries and the Japanese way to solve them. Isn't this exciting? :-)

If you have any news about weird things, mysteries, supernatural phenomenon and the like, and researchers on this field in Japan, I'd love you to send me comments on this article or mail me via my contact form.



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