Japanese Culture

Understanding Japan: The Tanabata “Star Festival”

Jul 08, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Tanabata, also known as the 'Star Festival', is a popular summer event celebrated all over Japan. As the festival's name suggests (literally 'Evening of the Seventh'), it is held on...[ Click to read more ]

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...[ 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...[ Click to read more ]

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Seeking Nagoya’s Sushi

Oct 15, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

Think 'Japanese food,' and your mind automatically goes to sushi, doesn't it? It is the food that typifies the nation, and it's the first thing most people want to eat...[ Click to read more ]

Get Inked: Nagoya’s Tattoo Parlours

Sep 28, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

The subject of tattoos in Japan is a bit taboo. The history of body modification in Japan is long, going back as far as the Jomon Period (roughly 10,500 B.C. to...[ Click to read more ]

Discovering Japan at the Japanese Folk Festival and Cultural Fair

Sep 27, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

One of the great pleasures of living in Japan is discovering the wide array of cultural differences that we encounter. From arts to food to ways of life, it is...[ Click to read more ]

Japanese Horror Movies to Terrify You this Halloween

Sep 27, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

Halloween is becoming an increasingly popular event in Japan with parties popping up all over the country and thousands of kids filling the streets in their spookiest getup.  For me,...[ Click to read more ]

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Have a Good Morning! Nagoya’s Breakfast Institution

Jul 30, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

Japanese cuisine is well known for its delicate flavors, its subtlety, its exquisite fragility. However, here in Aichi we do things a little differently. Nagoya-meshi is famed for its full-flavor,...[ Click to read more ]

World Bonsai Convention 2017

Mar 17, 2017 By Mark Guthrie

The first World Bonsai convention was held back in 1989 in Saitama, a city considered to be the home of Japanese bonsai. In the intervening duration it has been held every...[ Click to read more ]