Friday, August 23, 2019

[The Kanaya Hotel] Refinement born from a clash of cultures

The cedar trees that encompass Nikko in Tochigi prefecture have witnessed countless stories unfold throughout the history of the city. From early Shinto pilgrimages to the construction of the sumptuous Toshogu Shrine, the final...

Japanese Manholes: Art Under Your Feet

By Alicia Quintard for 47Regions There is so much to see in Japan. You can look up at the skyscrapers of Tokyo, look in the distance to see the peak of Mount Fuji, look on...

Editor’s pick: Memories of Matsuko

“Memories of Matsuko” by director Tetsuya Yamada (also known for “Kamikaze Girls”) tells the sad life of goodhearted and cheerful, but oh so clumsy Matsuko. We follow her through the eyes of her nephew,...

Editor’s pick: ICHIGENSAN The Newcomer

This novel was published in Japan in 1996, and was one of the first novels to be written in Japanese by a Westerner. In one of the original reviews, a Japanese journalist mentions that...