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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…

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,…

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…

“The Crusher Boss” by Ichiyo Matsuzaki/Reviewed by Kaori Shoji

  For those of us living and working in Japan, it’s tempting to think that the soul-crushing boss is a phenomenon unique to the archipelago. Certainly, there’s a better chance…

Zeppin(絶品) #2/The Eyeglass Frames Of Sabae. Looking ahead to a better Japan?

One small city in the heart of Japan produces 96% of all glass frames in Japan and 20% of the world's eyeglass frames, including high-end brands you'd never think were…