i'm probably only ankle deep in stuff that still needs to be packed - i've put together 2 big boxes, taken apart 2 bikes to make 1 (sorry goldy), to take to japan, and another is yet to be taken apart ready for getting shipped later. I still have 2 suitcases to pack, which includes all my electronic equipment, and... whatever else... this mix by kate miller is helping keep me calm... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGNTxErftTM - so are the asahi beers :-)
I just realised that my article on Jhiri, which is a 'Sanskrit-speaking' village in India is freely available at this link.
I've spent the morning reading Stebbin's ideas on different types of leisure. I find this conceptual framework interesting. I'm not sure just yet how much it will influence me, but I'm sure there is something in there for me to use. This map details the various levels and types of leisure.
I'm quite interested in the way yoga is mapped onto to other leisure activities like walking pilgrimage routes and relaxing at onsens. These domains will form part of the ethnographic component.
I came across this representation of yoga while looking for information about 'yoga and onsens'.
This is from a computer game called Hitman. Part of the culture around this game is recording and posting your hits. This one is set in an onsen in Hokkaido. The hitman has to find the yoga clothes somewhere in the building and then find the target, pretend to be their yoga teacher, and with only a yoga mat, make the kill...
It's an interesting way in which yoga is woven into so many worlds all at once.
This is a fascinating insight into India's share of the global tourism market.
India is ranked 25th in the world and 8th in Asia Pacific.
And collects only 1.9% of total revenue from a USD1220 billion market!
The biggest number of foreign tourist arrivals to India in 2016 was 1) Bangladesh (16%) 2) USA (15%) 3) UK (11%)
Japan does not feature in the top 10.
France (7%), USA (6%) and Spain (6%) were the most visited countries in 2016.
It looks like there are some English yoga classes in Japan https://www.timeout.com/tokyo/sport-and-fitness/english-language-yoga-classes-in-tokyo - even though I"m trying to learn as much Japanese.
I've become absolutely fascinated by the global tourism and wellness industry. The figures are simply astronomical. Here are some interesting statistics on global tourism from 2016. While this is an overview of the USD3.4 trillion wellness industry. This freshly published ebook from India's Ministry of Tourism has some interesting statistics in it as well.
This is interesting when compared to the Japanese statistics. India has about 9 million visitors per year, but Japan had last year almost 25 million - so, how many people come to Japan either explicitly or obliquely for yoga-related purposes?
Ok, here we go. This is day 1 of running a website for the project. I've never really been one for blogging or keeping a diary. That's one reason why Aimée-Linh is in charge of social media. But I thought I'd start by saying that we welcome any feedback or questions about the project.
I'm particularly interested in using this space to help shape the research in particular ways. For instance, I'd love to know what you would like to know about 'Yoga in Japan'. Drop us a comment or email with things that you are thinking about in relation to yoga in Japan.