Welcome to the Floating World

Coming February 2021


With an eye on Japan we’ll embark upon the literary and cultural crossroads of pop culture. From the origins of the novel to the rise of Nintendo, exploring creative movements and brilliant minds, the likes of which blossomed to become the world as we know it. From anime to Hemingway, Pokémon to drinking-songs, join me in a quest to discover the brilliance of East Asian creatives across time and space, from the origins of mythology and folklore to the vast worlds of film and RPGs.

Feedback is strongly encouraged. I would love to hear about your first encounters with the minds of Japan and East Asia. Perhaps stumbling upon Final Fantasy VII as an avid gamer, or delirious encounters with Haruki Murakami? Or was it an undying love for all things Yokai? Or a taste for Uni, that radiant slime! Let’s hear it

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Content ranging from literary surveys to editorials on historic and pop culture icons. Coming February 2021. Until then, catch up on the archive.


Nicholas “Niko” Andriani is a rsearcher of Comparative Literature and Japanese Studies at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. Join in his journey, exploring the wonderful, the strange, the surreal, and the germane from across East Asia


By supporting the the Floating World you personally contribute to a world of greater compassion, understanding, and comradery between cultures and customs. Thank you!

But wait, WHAT even is this “Floating World” you speak of and how do we get there?
To that I say patience, patience. Here’s a slippery spoiler: The “Floating World” is a reference to the fleeting, airy space which at once expresses joy and sorrow. Ukiyo, or “Floating World” comes from the Japanese kanji, but when read aloud the word can mean both floating and/or sorrow it’s all in the context! Oh, how very Japanese.

OK, wait. But that’s still not very clear. Well, that’s the point. Think of the bohemians of 19th century paris, the cafe culture of 20th century artists, or the folk movements throughout America. Most artistic movements bundle together this ebb and flow of hopeful optimism with dark cynicism. For it truly was the best of times. And it was the worst of times. Ukiyo is many things. A concept. A lifestyle. But most importantly a artistic, literary, and theatrical movement. A time and place where caution is thrown to the wind, passions embraced.

Welcome to the Floating World of Ukiyo. We’re not going to stop there, oh, no, we’ll encounter literary and artistic movements from throughout the brilliant minds of East Asia. Great and minor, from modern to the ends of memory, time, space.

“Even in Kyoto – Hearing the cuckoo’s cry – I long for Kyoto”

Basho Matsuo

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Nicholas “Niko” Andriani is a writer and literary theorist with a background in Anthropology and East Asian Studies.

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Celebrate humanity’s most dynamic characteristic: storytelling. By contributing to Niko’s Floating World you’re participating in the art as an act of both support and rebellion. To share in eachothers journey and to support on another throughout our myriad dreams is of the greatest gift we can offer on another and I thank you immensely for supporting mine.