Welcome to the Floating World

Welcome to the Floating World

This site is dedicated to the myriad experiences of Literary and Creative Culture. To explore the crossroads of literature, folklore, and virtual communities. To step into liminal space.

My purpose is twofold:
1) To share my research on East Asia’s radiant interactions between literature, folklore, and the spirituality.

2) To learn from you. To encounter your traditions. Your stories. Your passions. Your questions. All which fill our lives with meaning.

This is a celebration of human culture and all that makes us strange and mysterious. We are not binary critters scrambling for this or that but expressions of everything all at once.

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Discover the Floating World

Engage with people, cultures, traditions and landscapes. We’ll explore everything from the literary traditions to food culture. Gaming communities, rites of passage, beliefs – our scope is wide and inclusive.

Ongoing Research at The University of Missouri

On Sense and Sensability

Performance, Ritual, Uncanny Kami, and Emergent Modes of Belief in Japan

As a Gilman scholar, I am presently analyzing festivals and phenomenonology in Japanese culture – in particular the relationship between the senses and Japanese dance. These traditions express a uniquely Japanese identity and yet reveal much about the human experience. Dancing to evoke the deities ignites an inclusive worldview. One that marries disparate ontologies with remarkable endurance. It goes without saying that this global hunger for Japanese content reveals an urgent need for new and meaningful sources of engagement on a worldwide scale. As people from all backgrounds seek cosmological entertainment through various media, virtual and analogue. I am particularly interested in meeting of various ontologies. How they interact: inform & reform one another. From the Buddhist elements containes within Zelda’s Breath of the Wild, to Kami conjuring in Pokémon.

Let’s be real, it’s not like I wouldn’t be doing this in my free time anyway!

Critically Curious

Ask Questions

Be Patient

Don’t Assume

And, do I have to say it? Don’t Drink and Drive.

-Cheers

This site is a work in progress and unfinished as of December 2021. Please ignore the construction site below!

PRESENTLY…

Contact & Socials

About Me

I am a student at the University of Missouri researching East Asian Languages and Literature.

Research

My nose is presently in the Books… so dusty

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