YOKOGAWA OLD and NEW – has had a revamp

Aug 26, 2019 By Hugh Cann

  Historically Yokogawa is the old Shitamachi and before the second world war was very much the Hiroshima CBD. The post-war reconstruction tended to shift most commercial and retail activity to the Naka -ku (ward) area in central Hiroshima. Thus, some of the businesses premises in Yokogawa are pretty much...[ Click to read more ]

Going Potty over the Setomono Matsuri

Aug 20, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Although Japan has one of the oldest ceramic traditions in the world, with earthenwares being created as early as the Jōmon period (10,000–300 BCE), as a heavily wooded country most domestic utensils in Japan were usually made of either natural or lacquered wood. This all changed when Katō Shirōzaemon, the...[ Click to read more ]

Art Aquarium Retells an Old Japanese Tradition in a New Way

Jul 30, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

Anyone with a penchant for Japanese history and a love of Japanese artistry will recognize the Japanese Goldfish, “Kingyo,” as a cultural motif instantly. From anime and manga, high fashion, and the occasional tattoo; kingyo cultural significance dates back to when they were kept as rare novelties of the rich...[ Click to read more ]

Top Museums to Visit in Kansai

Jun 20, 2019 By Justin Hanus

If you’re interested in culture, history or art, some of the best places to visit are museums. There are some fascinating and unique museums throughout Japan, and nowhere more so than in Kansai. During your time in the region, make sure to pay a visit to as many of the...[ Click to read more ]

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Five Japanese Authors You Should Read

Jun 13, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

From the stories of twelfth century court life in the world's oldest novel, Murasaki Shikibu's Tale of Genji, to the epic tales of Nobel-Laureate-in-waiting Hideo Furukawa, Japan has a rich history of spellbinding writing. To get you started on your journey into Japanese literature, below are five authors that should...[ Click to read more ]

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The Unko Museum is anything but crappy

May 29, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

We knew it was bound to happen eventually; Japan is home to the first restroom-themed restaurant, our toilet technology is talked about and adored far and wide, and we even invented this 💩 emoji. So, of course, Japan should be the first to have a museum dedicated to all things...[ Click to read more ]

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The Kawaii Rejection of Society

May 23, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Japan is in the grips of a cult. But this is no religious extremism or political fanaticism. This cult is pink, it's fluffy, and its ringleader is a cat with no mouth. I am, of course talking about 'kawaii,' the cult of cute that inspires so much of Japanese society....[ Click to read more ]

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How Shodo Lessons Will Teach You More Than Calligraphy

May 22, 2019 By Justin Hanus

On the surface, it may seem that shodo is simply a form of Japanese writing. Actually, it is much more than that. The most well-known form of fine art in the country, children begin learning shodo at elementary school. It is also one of the most popular extra-curricular activities. What...[ Click to read more ]

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Roppongi Art Night 2019

Apr 24, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

By day, it’s known for being the home to many Japanese and foreign companies, embassies and organizations. By night, it’s home to some of Tokyo’s hottest nightclubs and after-hours spots. Of course, we’re talking about Roppongi, the district situated roughly halfway between Shibuya and Shinbashi in Minato Ward. But every...[ Click to read more ]

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Yasuke: From Mozambique to Slave to Samurai

Apr 16, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Whether it is on the subway, in a restaurant or just walking down the street, most foreigners in Japan know what it's like to be stared at and pointed out as different. There is generally nothing evil in it, and more often than not it is brought about by simple...[ Click to read more ]

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