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By Kate Cohen | Japan. Travel, Culture, History, Food.

Let’s go to the museum / Edo women were crazy about iridescent lips

Women have colored their lips in fascinating ways over time — and the Edo period (1603-1867) was no different. This was when women were drawn to …

Traveling Across Japan

Hiroyuki Ito covered a lot of ground this summer: Moji, Dazaifu, Hakata, Yanagawa and Kumamoto on Japan’s Kyushu Island; Kochi-city and Cape Ashizuri in Kochi; Atami in Shizuoka and Omiya, Saitama. 54 cities in 18 prefectures, to be exact.<p>He was looking to capture the way people live outside of …

Japan

My favourite garden in Tokyo is the Hamarikyu Koen. Visiting there I take a break at the tea house and enjoy a cup of matcha 🍵 with sweets. https://t.co/PN2N6tiBlC

Giant Straw Animals Invade Japanese Fields After Rice Harvest And They Are Absolutely Badass

Fall is a season of harvesting, and festivals to celebrate it are currently taking place all over the world. In Northern Japan, the Wara Art Festival …

Female Samurai Warriors Immortalized in 19th Century Japanese Photos

Most of my generation’s exposure to Japanese culture came heavily mediated by anime and samurai films. One cultural artifact that stands out for me …

Ancient History

Kitagawa Utamaro | A Woman and a Cat | Japan | Edo period (1615–1868) | The Met

A Woman and a Cat<p>Artist:Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, ca. 1754–1806)<p>Period:Edo period (1615–1868)<p>Date:ca. 1793–94<p>Culture:Japan<p>Medium:One sheet of a …

Metropolitan Museum of Art

How to visit an ‘onsen’–and enjoy the bath of your life

The “onsen” at Yukai Resort, Ureshino Kan —PHOTO COURTESY OF YUKAI RESORT<p>Ureshino’s special tofu cooked in spring water<p>Trust the Japanese to take the …

Japan

A Year in 22 Japanese Festivals

7 Hotels That Will Make You Want to Visit Japan

From Tokyo’s bright lights and towering skyscrapers to Kyoto’s ancient temples and tiny teahouses, Japan brilliantly fuses centuries-old culture and …

Tachiai (立合い)

There’s not much detail known now but I will check back soon. About to put the kids to bed.<p><i>Update</i><p>Endo has withdrawn from competition due to a distal …

Martial Arts

Fishermen express fury as Fukushima plant set to release radioactive material into ocean

Local residents and environmental groups have condemned a plan to release radioactive tritium from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean.<p>Officials of Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the plant, say tritium poses little risk to human health and is quickly diluted by …

Pacific Ocean

Outdoor private #onsen bath is nothing short of Japanese heaven @zaborinryokan #zen #ryokan #luxury #nature https://t.co/qTaikGFzE0

Hand-Colored Photographs from 19th Century Japan: 110 Images Capture the Waning Days of Traditional Japanese Society

What we euphemistically refer to as the “Opening of Japan” catalyzed a period of seismic upheaval for the proud formerly closed country. Between the …

Kyoto residents now complain about hordes of overseas tourists:The Asahi Shimbun

KYOTO--Endless crowds, unknown neighbors and unruly behavior have drained many residents here of their sense of “omotenashi” (hospitality).<p>They now …

82-year-old DJ puts unique spin on Tokyo's club scene

Sumiko Iwamuro knows a thing or two about juggling work.<p>She spends her days behind the counter at a family-run specialty <i>gyoza</i> restaurant and one or …

The Ultimate Guide To Tokyo

Lose Yourself at Tokyo’s Top 12 Themed Restaurants<p>Drink with demons, munch with Moomin or climb into a coffin for your own funeral service—all in the …

Japan's traditional blues for bright and cheery kids

“It’s stinky!” shouts my 4-year-old daughter, jumping up and down with an expression of pure glee on her face. The object of her fascination is a …

Japan

I'll miss the Tokyo subway how to be polite signs https://t.co/PkEuIiRsji

At 104, Toko Shinoda talks about a life in art

The concept of 守破離 (<i>shu-ha-ri</i>) has been applied to pursuits of all kinds over the years, including the tea ceremony, noh drama, and various martial …

Art