• Army and Shinto

    State Shinto Nightmares in Abe’s Japan






    Like many foreigners observing the Moritomo Gakuken scandal play out, I am fascinated by the interplay between Shinto, nationalism, and government. There are questions that come with the scandal: Why is it a problem? Why shouldn’t the school use the Imperial Education Rescript? Why is the world watching so carefully? The problem is State Shinto. […]




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    HOW TO BE ICONIC: Onitsuka Tiger’s World Domination Strategy






    限界に挑む会社として継続的な経済成長を達成し、グローバルリーチを支えるための構造を整備するオニツカタイガー。世界征服する日は近い。This past year Onitsuka Tiger celebrated the 50th anniversary of the original Mexico 66, arguably the flagship and best-selling shoe from the storied Japanese brand — The company touts it as a fine footwear “discovered on the track, and later on, worn on the streets”







  • Digital Hanami

    Catch the Earliest Cherry Blossoms in “Flowers by Naked”






    Who knew a digital Hanami (Cherry Blossom viewing) could be such a mystical experience? “Flowers by Naked” is a magical digital art show put on by the creative team Naked that celebrates the arrival of spring and beauty of the flowers it brings. It is a wonderful walk through a garden of exquisitely displayed natural and digital flowers. Some installations offer […]




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    ZEPPIN(絶品) #3/WACHOSHOKU(和朝食) Japanese Breakfast Rules!






    We were served a delicious meal (和朝食) of hot rice, cold broiled salmon, assorted pickles, sweet egg, dried seaweed and hot miso soup. I thought it was delicious. JSRC editor, Jake Adelstein, nibbled on the fish and looked like he wanted a cheeseburger. Even after there was a wonderful lesson on proper Japanese table manners, Adelstein proceeded to wipe his face with the oshibori (hot towel) and hold his chopsticks like he was getting ready for a knife fight.







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    Samurai Fashion in New York City Until March 25th 2017






    Samurais are usually known for their honor code, ever wonder what their fashion code was ? It turns out, they had just as elaborate a fashion code when it comes to clothing too.   hpgrp GALLERY NEW YORK is currently holding an exhibition “Japanese Samurai Fashion”. It displays mixed media images by Japan based artist and cultural […]




Army and Shinto

State Shinto Nightmares in Abe’s Japan






Like many foreigners observing the Moritomo Gakuken scandal play out, I am fascinated by the interplay between Shinto, nationalism, and government. There are questions that come with the scandal: Why is it a problem? Why shouldn’t the school use the Imperial Education Rescript? Why is the world watching so carefully? The problem is State Shinto. […]




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HOW TO BE ICONIC: Onitsuka Tiger’s World Domination Strategy






限界に挑む会社として継続的な経済成長を達成し、グローバルリーチを支えるための構造を整備するオニツカタイガー。世界征服する日は近い。This past year Onitsuka Tiger celebrated the 50th anniversary of the original Mexico 66, arguably the flagship and best-selling shoe from the storied Japanese brand — The company touts it as a fine footwear “discovered on the track, and later on, worn on the streets”







Digital Hanami

Catch the Earliest Cherry Blossoms in “Flowers by Naked”






Who knew a digital Hanami (Cherry Blossom viewing) could be such a mystical experience? “Flowers by Naked” is a magical digital art show put on by the creative team Naked that celebrates the arrival of spring and beauty of the flowers it brings. It is a wonderful walk through a garden of exquisitely displayed natural and digital flowers. Some installations offer […]