Ichiro, a Potted History of Aichi’s Baseball Legend

May 28, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

Since being introduced to Japan in 1872, baseball has risen to become a national pastime bordering on obsession, in many eyes supplanting sumo as the nation's number one sport. In...[ Click to read more ]

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Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a Potted Biography of Nagoya’s Pauper Prince

Apr 30, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

In a world of strict social code, stringent class, and unbreakable caste systems, the samurai era was not a time when upward social mobility was to be dreamed of, let...[ Click to read more ]

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Sekigahara: The Battle That Created Japan

Jul 17, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

In 1600, Japan faced a turning point in its history. After more than a decade of comparative peace, the feudal era had been reinvigorated, and two sides of the country...[ Click to read more ]

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...[ Click to read more ]

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Sekigahara – Japan’s Defining Samurai Battle

Jun 30, 2014 By Mark Guthrie

As you may or may not know, the Chubu area witnessed the scene of perhaps the most important and defining battle in Japan’s history. The Battle of Sekigahara, maybe best...[ Click to read more ]

Six Things You Should Know About Tokyo

Jul 09, 2013 By Ray Proper

You might be interested in this article from The History Channel in the US, "Six Things You Should Know About Tokyo."  If you live in Tokyo  these might not come...[ Click to read more ]

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