Romantic geography and beyond - Too Much Magazine



By Mark Tan 28 May 2014

TOO MUCH gathers thoughts about cities, the people who live in them, and the changes affecting our society and our environment. It's a magazine about romantic geography with articles that are raw, honest and genuine.


In issue 4, the editors take a look at the body in space, and ways in which we have biologically and socially entered into the built environment, and how we are then changed into the process. Particularly intriguing is “The Cultural History of Sitting Down in Japan” by Hidemasa Yatabe.  With modernization,the people of Japan are now sitting on chairs more often than on the floor. It isn’t uncommon to no longer see tata-mi mats in their houses. As such, the Japanese of today lack an understanding that comes with their roots and even in religion. Interestingly, while most Greek statues are depicted standing,sculptures of Buddha are always seated (obviously where the habit of sitting on floors started). Fascinating stuff.





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