Classic Anime that You Should Know

Feb 26, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

If from a western country with little connection or interest in Japanese popular culture, there is a good chance that the world of anime (the catchall term for Japanese moving animation series and movies) not only baffles you but completely loses you. If that is the case, then you are...[ Click to read more ]

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Spring Love Harukaze Music Festival in Tokyo 2020

By Jason Gatewood

We got you covered when it comes to checking out all the pink-tree goodness when it comes to cherry blossom viewing parties in Tokyo. But if you want to level-up your hanami experience this year, you can’t go wrong with the free Spring Love Harukaze concert on the weekend of...[ Click to read more ]

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Cultural Kawabun – Exploring Japanese Culture at Nagoya’s Oldest Restaurant

Dec 26, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Japan has a rich and long artistic heritage, something that many people travel from all over the globe to see. For the most part, they go to Kyoto and Tokyo to see the best-known events, but did you know that here in Nagoya, you can get up close and personal...[ Click to read more ]

Chichibu Night Festival Near Tokyo

Nov 26, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

Located about 2 hours northwest of Central Tokyo, Chichibu is a small mountain community that is popular for weekend getaways thanks to it being the home of Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park and a very picturesque and historic area. Celebrating some of that history is the Chichibu Yomatsuri night festival. This is...[ Click to read more ]

English Stand-up Comedy Around Tokyo

Oct 29, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

Turn on the TV at any given moment during “Golden Hour” (what we Yanks call Primetime) and you’ll no doubt see comedy duos interspersed in the endless waves of food tasting, international shenanigans, and celebrity anecdotes that seem to permeate the average Japanese media diet. Those comedy teams, called manzai,...[ Click to read more ]

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Festival Tokyo – Theatre, Dance, Music, Visual art, and Film

Sep 27, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

One of the benefits of living in the world’s largest urban area is the simple fact that there’s always something going on in town for you, no matter what you’re into. Take the arts for example. There have been no less than 3 performing arts fairs around the Metropolis just...[ Click to read more ]

Nine Japanese Artists You Should Know About

Sep 24, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

When we think of Japanese art our minds probably go straight to the two dimensional, Chinese-influenced pictures of cranes and floating castles or the lurid and grotesque kabuki characters of ukiyo-e woodblock prints. But there is so much more to the broad scope of Japanese artwork than that. From sculpture...[ Click to read more ]

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When Did Manga Become So Popular?

By Justin Hanus

Although manga comic books are popular throughout the world, in Japan reading manga is a very common pastime for people of all ages. But it wasn’t always this way. The Word “Manga” “Manga” literally means “whimsical pictures.” The term came into use in 1798 in reference to a book called...[ Click to read more ]

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Yokogawa: Where Old and New Meet in Hiroshima

Aug 26, 2019 By Hugh Cann

Historically, Yokogawa is the old Shitamachi and before the second world war was Hiroshima's commercial business district. The post-war reconstruction shifted most commercial and retail activity to Naka -ku (ward) area of central Hiroshima. Today, some of the businesses in Yokogawa remain much as they were after the immediate reconstruction....[ 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 ]