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

Tachiai (立合い)

Sure, readers can correctly state that I do write about American sumotori Wakaichiro quite a bit. Is it silly for one of the few english language …

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 …

Energy

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 …

You too can cook washoku / Futomaki can be filled with anything

In the United States, “sushi burrito” shops are often seen at food courts. They sell a kind of evolved version of futomaki thick sushi rolls.<p>You can …

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

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

Tokyo

The Ultimate Guide To Tokyo

Summer Escape to Miura Peninsula: Cool Sea Breeze, Fresh Seafood and Small Beaches<p>The perfect summer getaway from Tokyo, Miura Peninsula has …

Tonkotsu ramen’s international popularity inspires innovations

FUKUOKA — If you want to talk about Fukuoka Prefecture’s specialty dish, it has to be tonkotsu ramen. It is believed the ramen originated in a stall …

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 …

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 only living Japanese on a postage stamp, 104-year-old Toko Shinoda reflects on a lifetime devoted to art.The post At 104, Toko Shinoda talks …

Japan

Short, sweet and to the point: the one-line retort

Years ago, someone in Japan coined a wonderfully succinct slogan for a safety campaign against drunk driving that went: 飲むなら乗るな、乗るなら飲むな (<i>Nomu nara</i> …

The Androgynous 'Third Gender' Of 17th-Century Japan

From the 17th to 19th centuries, gender could be neither binary nor biological.<p>Generation Z refers to individuals born during the mid-1990s and early ‘00s often billed as the generation most likely to fully embrace gender fluidity. According to one report, around 56 percent of teens ages 13 to 20 …

Art

Farm Stay In Shizuoka - Enjoy Local Hospitality And Beautiful Sights

Less than an hour from Tokyo, <b>Shizuoka Prefecture</b> has always been a popular tourist retreat with its emerald green tea fields, the iconic Mount Fuji …

Japan

Japan Eats | Episode 80: My Career in Sake

Ok, yeah, it was worth braving the hordes of humanity. #夜桜 #花見 #sakura #hanami #nakameguro

Crazy-Gorgeous Things to See in Japan That Aren't Cherry Blossoms

Japan is a bit of a conundrum. It's old, dating back thousands of years with a history and culture steeped in intricate tradition. And yet it's also …

Japan

Yozakura @ Inogashira Park https://t.co/jlNiTObCQs

Japan Has Got To Be The Most Beautiful Place On Earth Right Now

April showers bring tunnels of flowers. 😍<p>If you didn’t catch any cherry blossoms this year, never fear: Japan’s wisteria season is nearly here, and there’s still enough time to plan a trip before the big bloom.<p>Japanese wisteria is a flowering plant with cascading blossoms that can grow up to three …

Japan

Gorgeous Japanese performance art combines dance and high-speed face mapping

Vimeo recently highlighted this stunning minute-long art collaboration called “INORI (prayer).” It comes from creative and technical director …

KUNIYOSHI「歌川国芳」 (c.1797-1861) https://t.co/ECqhE75CAC