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Sadogashima in a time of COVID19

From Island to Island: Sadogashima in a time of Covid19 by Louise Claire Wagner Anything and other than expected. A journey to some parts of Sadogashima *This articles is reposted…

The Art of Sakoku(鎖国) – Keeping Cool and Aloof Behind Closed Doors in Japan (for future reference)

In the meantime, the Japanese got a lot of practice on keeping calm and carrying on behind closed doors, in spite of or because of everything happening in the larger…

This Sunday February 23: Paint The Town Lime With An Art Workshop and Fine Wine

You’ll create your individual painting with a partner. Perfect for date/ friend/ family night. If you wish to fly solo also doable.Come make a new friend or bring one. A…

Look far, Look close: Abstract Art you should make definite plans to see

ohnna works to mirror her own experiences and the elements she finds in her surroundings through the current series. Through the work there is an emphasis on how stories can…

No More Dashi: Four Delicious Vegan Restaurants In & Around Tokyo

Below are four 100% vegan restaurants in or near Tokyo that I encourage you to try, or would encourage anyone to try. They are all quite different in terms of…

Songs Of Winter Denial

Julie Yukiko (雪子) Buisson aka Ukico has much in common with Snow-White, other than just her name, which literally means “child of the snow”—she is charming, peaceful, a beautiful woman…

Youth Theatre Japan: Drama Changes Real Life For Kids and Adults

Over the past 10 years YTJ has successfully blended “Education” and “Entertainment” into their company and now has 35 studios and over 8,000 members in the Kanto, Kansai and Chubu…

The Muji Hotel: Where Japanese Consumerism Meets Cute With Zen Minimalism But They Don’t Make Out

By Kaori Shoji  I am at the reception counter of Muji Hotel – the much touted and long awaited hotel produced by Muji, Japan’s popular minimalist clothing and household products…

Bloodshed, Firecrackers and Tears–The Best Japanese Movies Of The Heisei

Yakuza. Samurai. Monsters. NoFace. Lost face. Here's a guide to take you through the most memorable movies (including the bad, the good and the ugly) that adorned the Heisei era…

Parade the Penis: Kanamara Matsuri

Text & video by Phoebe Amoroso, cover image courtesy of Kanamara Shrine Our roving reporter, Pheebz, visited the annual Kanamara Festival on April 7th, which involves a lot of phalluses.…