With the intent to evidence the philosophy and the action that Lara and Adriano develop in their restaurant, an intense research on Japanese and Friulian cultures has been carried out, supported by the contribution of Raffaella Cargnelutti, a writer form Tolmezzo, and Giovanna Coen, a researcher of Japan and Japanese culture.
In both worlds, despite the considerable distance, there is a huge tradition linked to the supernatural, full of several fantastic creatures, called “yōkai” in Japanese.
These creatures, even if they are part of a divine, otherworldly dimension, they live closely with human beings.
In the wide repertory of monsters and creature, some of them have proved to be more significant than others: kitsune, tengu, hannya, yuki onna for Japan, orcule, agane, cjalcjut, krivopete for Friuli Venezia Giulia.
By noting the appearance and behaviour of these creatures, it is evident their connection to daily life: the two populations, in fact, have researched in the supernatural the answers for fears, primary needs and research to harmony with the nature and their own territory, as well as the comprehension of human temperaments.
These the main themes and key concepts that has been identified and treated to tell the peculiarity of the two different cultures heritage:
Differentiation and links between the two dimensions;
Research of gesture depending on the development contest of traditions, which marks the contraposition between “high” and “low”, in all its declinations;
RITUALS of LIFE and DEATH
Celebration of “Ognissanti” in Friuli Venezia Giulia
Wedding ritual of sakè in Japan;
The creatures linked to natural cycles, to agriculture and to propitiatory rituals;
Coexistence of good and evil nature in fantastic creatures as a comparison between human nature and between the relation with natural phenomena;
Possible interactions between human and the supernatural in effort to explain man emotions and behaviours.
From this research comes the consciousness of the enormous differences between the two cultures; studying how same themes are conceived and tackled in Japan and in Friuli Venezia Giulia has allowed to find a dialogue and a combination, bringing in the dance the work that Lara and Adriano do in their cuisine.
To create an efficient dialogue, it has turned out to be important exalting the diversity without forcing an impossible union between historical, geographical and social contexts, very distant from each other.
An attitude of appreciation and valorisation of peculiarity, in fact, promotes a deep knowledge without a simplifying and reductive synthesis.
Established the consciousness that there’s a comparison between a big Empire and a regional and local dimension, the heart of the difference between these two traditions is the different distribution in the social tissue: while in Friuli Venezia Giulia the folk has always kept a popular dimension and orally handed down, in Japan the traditions pervade every society layers, fuelling the artistic production (theatrical, pictorial, literary,…) for ages.
The Japanese supernatural, unlike the Friuli Venezia Giulia one, still influences the cultural scenario and in historical periods has gained also a satire and an entertainment role.
The movement research, therefore, has been enriched in different ways; concerning the friulian folklore it has been tried to reflect to the body the orally passed down testimonials, collected in written form, which represent popular heritage of centuries; in front of a extensive artistic Japanese material, therefore, it has been find a translation in a contemporary language that would keep a coherence with the tradition.