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    Sumo 101: Stable locations and layout

    Sumo 101: Stable locations and layout


    The majority of sumo stables are concentrated in a couple of locations not far from Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan.Of the 48 currently active stables, roughly half...

    The majority of sumo stables are concentrated in a couple of locations not far from Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan.Of the 48 currently active stables, roughly half ...
    Despite injuries, Kisenosato embodied rikishi ideals

    Despite injuries, Kisenosato embodied rikishi ideals


    Kisenosato’s retirement, while both inevitable and expected, casts a pall over the ongoing tournament.The veteran yokozuna has been one of sumo’s most popular wrestlers over...

    Kisenosato’s retirement, while both inevitable and expected, casts a pall over the ongoing tournament.The veteran yokozuna has been one of sumo’s most popular wrestlers over ...
    Remaining yokozuna post wins on fourth day of New Year Basho

    Remaining yokozuna post wins on fourth day of New Year Basho


    Yokozuna Hakuho survived a scare against rank-and-file opponent Hokutofuji to remain perfect at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan on Wednesday.With headlines...

    Yokozuna Hakuho survived a scare against rank-and-file opponent Hokutofuji to remain perfect at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan on Wednesday.With headlines ...
    Warriors use NBA-record first quarter to rout Nuggets

    Warriors use NBA-record first quarter to rout Nuggets


    Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors weren’t trying to send any sort of message or make any kind of statement against a team they...

    Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors weren’t trying to send any sort of message or make any kind of statement against a team they ...
    Yokozuna Kisenosato retires, citing injury struggles, leaving no Japanese at top sumo rank

    Yokozuna Kisenosato retires, citing injury struggles, leaving no Japanese at top sumo rank


    The news of injury-plagued yokozuna Kisenosato’s retirement sends shock waves throughout the sumo world, once again leaving the sport without a Japan-born wrestler at the...

    The news of injury-plagued yokozuna Kisenosato’s retirement sends shock waves throughout the sumo world, once again leaving the sport without a Japan-born wrestler at the ...

    Another historic vote on Brexit


    British Prime Minister Theresa May has struggled to find a consensus that would allow Brexit to proceed. The failure is not hers, but that of...

    British Prime Minister Theresa May has struggled to find a consensus that would allow Brexit to proceed. The failure is not hers, but that of ...
    May’s humbling offers a glimmer of hope

    May’s humbling offers a glimmer of hope


    There was not much meaningful about Tuesday's Brexit vote, but at least the prime minister is now finally promising to build...

    There was not much meaningful about Tuesday's Brexit vote, but at least the prime minister is now finally promising to build consensus.
    The critical importance of staying connected

    The critical importance of staying connected


    Preparing for what has been touted as the "100-year life" is not a task for elderly people or the government...

    Preparing for what has been touted as the "100-year life" is not a task for elderly people or the government alone.
    A second helping of horror for ‘Suspiria’

    A second helping of horror for ‘Suspiria’


    Filmmaker Luca Guadagnino cites categorization as one of his enemies, and the sudden fierceness in his eyes shows he’s not kidding.“I feel uncomfortable putting ideas...

    Filmmaker Luca Guadagnino cites categorization as one of his enemies, and the sudden fierceness in his eyes shows he’s not kidding.“I feel uncomfortable putting ideas ...
    ‘Chiwawa’: An enigma wrapped in a riddle

    ‘Chiwawa’: An enigma wrapped in a riddle


    Edie Sedgwick was an Andy Warhol “superstar” and Bob Dylan muse who died at age 28 after bouts with mental illness and drug addiction —...

    Edie Sedgwick was an Andy Warhol “superstar” and Bob Dylan muse who died at age 28 after bouts with mental illness and drug addiction — ...
    ‘The Nikaidos’ Fall’: What’s in a name? Everything.

    ‘The Nikaidos’ Fall’: What’s in a name? Everything.


    The weight of tradition threatens to crush a once-great family in “The Nikaidos’ Fall,” a contemporary drama about people with an unhealthy fixation on the...

    The weight of tradition threatens to crush a once-great family in “The Nikaidos’ Fall,” a contemporary drama about people with an unhealthy fixation on the ...
    Nuclear arms treaty faces collapse after failed Russia-U.S. talks

    Nuclear arms treaty faces collapse after failed Russia-U.S. talks


    The survival of a key nuclear arms control treaty was cast further in doubt Tuesday after the U.S. and Russia blamed each other for pushing...

    The survival of a key nuclear arms control treaty was cast further in doubt Tuesday after the U.S. and Russia blamed each other for pushing ...
    Pentagon report fuels worries of Chinese attack on Taiwan

    Pentagon report fuels worries of Chinese attack on Taiwan


    Amid increasing tensions with Beijing, the Pentagon on Tuesday released a new report that lays out U.S. concerns about China’s growing military might, underscoring worries...

    Amid increasing tensions with Beijing, the Pentagon on Tuesday released a new report that lays out U.S. concerns about China’s growing military might, underscoring worries ...
    Foreign tourists spent record ¥4.5 trillion in Japan in 2018

    Foreign tourists spent record ¥4.5 trillion in Japan in 2018


    Spending by foreign visitors increased for the seventh consecutive year, with the average person spending ¥153,000, the Japan Tourism Agency says in a preliminary...

    Spending by foreign visitors increased for the seventh consecutive year, with the average person spending ¥153,000, the Japan Tourism Agency says in a preliminary report.
    Rugby World Cup organizers prepared for natural disasters

    Rugby World Cup organizers prepared for natural disasters


    With the final countdown to this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan well under way, organizers are focusing their efforts on contingency planning in the...

    With the final countdown to this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan well under way, organizers are focusing their efforts on contingency planning in the ...
    France seeks Renault board meeting to replace chair and CEO Carlos Ghosn, sources say

    France seeks Renault board meeting to replace chair and CEO Carlos Ghosn, sources say


    The French government is moving to dismiss Renault’s scandal-hit Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn and has requested a board meeting to consider candidates to replace...

    The French government is moving to dismiss Renault’s scandal-hit Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn and has requested a board meeting to consider candidates to replace ...
    Socceroos beat Syria to line up potential Round of 16 meeting with Japan

    Socceroos beat Syria to line up potential Round of 16 meeting with Japan


    Australia is through to the knockout rounds at the Asian Cup, although the defending champion hasn’t made it look pretty.The Socceroos needed a stoppage-time goal...

    Australia is through to the knockout rounds at the Asian Cup, although the defending champion hasn’t made it look pretty.The Socceroos needed a stoppage-time goal ...
    NTT to become title sponsor for IndyCar racing series

    NTT to become title sponsor for IndyCar racing series


    Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. said Tuesday it has signed a multiyear agreement to become the IndyCar Series title sponsor.The telecom giant made the announcement...

    Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. said Tuesday it has signed a multiyear agreement to become the IndyCar Series title sponsor.The telecom giant made the announcement ...
    Video of UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi’s perfect 10 goes viral

    Video of UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi’s perfect 10 goes viral


    An online video of UCLA senior Katelyn Ohashi’s exuberant floor routine that earned her a perfect 10.0 at an intercollegiate competition on Saturday has gone...

    An online video of UCLA senior Katelyn Ohashi’s exuberant floor routine that earned her a perfect 10.0 at an intercollegiate competition on Saturday has gone ...
    Broadway mourns death of ‘Hello, Dolly!’ icon Carol Channing at 97

    Broadway mourns death of ‘Hello, Dolly!’ icon Carol Channing at 97


    Carol Channing, the lanky, ebullient musical comedy star who delighted American audiences over 5,000 performances as the scheming Dolly Levi in “Hello, Dolly!” on Broadway...

    Carol Channing, the lanky, ebullient musical comedy star who delighted American audiences over 5,000 performances as the scheming Dolly Levi in “Hello, Dolly!” on Broadway ...
    German spy agency to launch anti-extremism probe into far-right opposition party AfD

    German spy agency to launch anti-extremism probe into far-right opposition party AfD


    Germany’s domestic spy agency will investigate Alternative for Germany (AfD) to see whether the anti-immigrant party’s policies breach constitutional safeguards against extremism, its chief said...

    Germany’s domestic spy agency will investigate Alternative for Germany (AfD) to see whether the anti-immigrant party’s policies breach constitutional safeguards against extremism, its chief said ...
    Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech reveals plan to bow out after 20th season

    Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech reveals plan to bow out after 20th season


    Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech is planning to retire from soccer at the end of the season, ending the career of one of the best netminders...

    Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech is planning to retire from soccer at the end of the season, ending the career of one of the best netminders ...
    Novak Djokovic cruises past Mitchell Krueger in opening round at Australian Open

    Novak Djokovic cruises past Mitchell Krueger in opening round at Australian Open


    Novak Djokovic began his bid for a record seventh Australian Open title in easy fashion Tuesday, crushing 230th-ranked American Mitchell Krueger 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 at...

    Novak Djokovic began his bid for a record seventh Australian Open title in easy fashion Tuesday, crushing 230th-ranked American Mitchell Krueger 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 at ...

    Hostage diplomacy becomes new normal


    While not unprecedented, the recent spate of hostage-taking incidents looks like a new normal in international...

    While not unprecedented, the recent spate of hostage-taking incidents looks like a new normal in international diplomacy.
    How will AI change international politics?

    How will AI change international politics?


    The AI revolution will have an immense impact on global power politics, but Japan may get left...

    The AI revolution will have an immense impact on global power politics, but Japan may get left behind.
    Safeguarding democracy

    Safeguarding democracy


    With almost every individual empowered by web access, the whole system of garnering and marshalling opinion becomes impossibly...

    With almost every individual empowered by web access, the whole system of garnering and marshalling opinion becomes impossibly distorted.
    Beijing’s perilous Taiwan policy

    Beijing’s perilous Taiwan policy


    The unfolding geopolitical contest between China and the United States has been described by many as a new cold war. If it ever becomes a...

    The unfolding geopolitical contest between China and the United States has been described by many as a new cold war. If it ever becomes a ...
    Makoto Hiejima never found comfort zone with Brisbane Bullets

    Makoto Hiejima never found comfort zone with Brisbane Bullets


    Several factors contributed to 2017-18 B. League MVP’s Makoto Hiejima lack of playing time and abrupt departure from the NBL club Brisbane Bullets in Australia...

    Several factors contributed to 2017-18 B. League MVP’s Makoto Hiejima lack of playing time and abrupt departure from the NBL club Brisbane Bullets in Australia ...
    Teen skateboarder Aori Nishimura nabs women’s title at world tour final stage

    Teen skateboarder Aori Nishimura nabs women’s title at world tour final stage


    Teenager Aori Nishimura won the women’s title Sunday in the final stage of the 2018 World Skate Street League Skateboarding Tour that featured a new...

    Teenager Aori Nishimura won the women’s title Sunday in the final stage of the 2018 World Skate Street League Skateboarding Tour that featured a new ...
    Sumo 101: Banzuke

    Sumo 101: Banzuke


    All professional sumo wrestlers are listed on a 58×44 cm sheet of paper that is released about two weeks before the start of each tournament.For...

    All professional sumo wrestlers are listed on a 58×44 cm sheet of paper that is released about two weeks before the start of each tournament.For ...
    ‘Boars Galore’: The Year of the Boar finally gets it day

    ‘Boars Galore’: The Year of the Boar finally gets it day


    Despite being among the least popular, revered or symbolically loaded of zodiac animals, the boar still holds an aesthetic...

    Despite being among the least popular, revered or symbolically loaded of zodiac animals, the boar still holds an aesthetic presence.
    ‘Leiko Ikemura Our Planet: Earth & Stars’

    ‘Leiko Ikemura Our Planet: Earth & Stars’


    Jan. 18-April 1Contemporary artist Leiko Ikemura’s multimedia works blend painting, drawing, sculpture, watercolor, print, photography and video into installations that address gender issues and other...

    Jan. 18-April 1Contemporary artist Leiko Ikemura’s multimedia works blend painting, drawing, sculpture, watercolor, print, photography and video into installations that address gender issues and other ...
    ‘Toki no Hana’

    ‘Toki no Hana’


    Jan. 19-Feb. 17Ever since Naho Iino’s elementary school marble and epoxy glue artwork was selected for a craftwork exhibition, the artist has been working exclusively...

    Jan. 19-Feb. 17Ever since Naho Iino’s elementary school marble and epoxy glue artwork was selected for a craftwork exhibition, the artist has been working exclusively ...
    Kisenosato still without a win

    Kisenosato still without a win


    A 7-second bout may have decided the fate of yokozuna Kisenosato, who suffered his third straight loss of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on...

    A 7-second bout may have decided the fate of yokozuna Kisenosato, who suffered his third straight loss of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on ...
    Takahiko Kozuka aiming to enrich skating

    Takahiko Kozuka aiming to enrich skating


    When a skater’s career comes to an end, they are often faced with a difficult choice about how to proceed with their life.Some want nothing...

    When a skater’s career comes to an end, they are often faced with a difficult choice about how to proceed with their life.Some want nothing ...
    In-form Gabriel Jesus provides big spark as Man City beats Wolverhampton

    In-form Gabriel Jesus provides big spark as Man City beats Wolverhampton


    Gabriel Jesus kept up his scoring spree for Manchester City with two goals in a 3-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in the English Premier League...

    Gabriel Jesus kept up his scoring spree for Manchester City with two goals in a 3-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in the English Premier League ...
    Devils find net five times in second period in wild victory over Blackhawks

    Devils find net five times in second period in wild victory over Blackhawks


    The New Jersey Devils’ highest-scoring game of the season came on a night the Chicago Blackhawks may have played one of their worst games.Kyle Palmieri...

    The New Jersey Devils’ highest-scoring game of the season came on a night the Chicago Blackhawks may have played one of their worst games.Kyle Palmieri ...
    Nishikori survives scare in opener

    Nishikori survives scare in opener


    Kei Nishikori survived a dramatic Australian Open first-round match Tuesday after his Polish qualifier opponent retired with cramps in the searing heat having raced to...

    Kei Nishikori survived a dramatic Australian Open first-round match Tuesday after his Polish qualifier opponent retired with cramps in the searing heat having raced to ...
    Former Yankes ace and pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre dies at 77

    Former Yankes ace and pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre dies at 77


    Mel Stottlemyre made his mark on the mound: He started Game 7 of the World Series, earned five championship rings as a pitching coach, wound...

    Mel Stottlemyre made his mark on the mound: He started Game 7 of the World Series, earned five championship rings as a pitching coach, wound ...
    Kisenosato’s stablemaster says embattled yokozuna will keep fighting

    Kisenosato’s stablemaster says embattled yokozuna will keep fighting


    Despite equaling the record for the worst losing streak by a yokozuna, Kisenosato will compete on Day 3 of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament,...

    Despite equaling the record for the worst losing streak by a yokozuna, Kisenosato will compete on Day 3 of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, ...
    Popular kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizo to become 13th holder of Danjuro stage name in 2020

    Popular kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizo to become 13th holder of Danjuro stage name in 2020


    Popular kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizo said Monday he will assume his family’s prestigious, centuries-old stage name of Danjuro in May 2020.The stage name was established...

    Popular kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizo said Monday he will assume his family’s prestigious, centuries-old stage name of Danjuro in May 2020.The stage name was established ...
    Rafael Nadal gets off to strong start at Australian Open

    Rafael Nadal gets off to strong start at Australian Open


    If this was it for Andy Murray, if this truly was it, he gave himself — and an appreciative, raucous crowd that included his mother...

    If this was it for Andy Murray, if this truly was it, he gave himself — and an appreciative, raucous crowd that included his mother ...
    Heavy smog, worsened by weather, raises alarm across Asia

    Heavy smog, worsened by weather, raises alarm across Asia


    Unusually high levels of smog worsened by weather patterns are raising alarm bells across Asia, with authorities in Thailand’s hazy capital Bangkok handing out face...

    Unusually high levels of smog worsened by weather patterns are raising alarm bells across Asia, with authorities in Thailand’s hazy capital Bangkok handing out face ...

    Take steps to restore trust in official statistics


    To regain the public's trust in the government's statistics, how officials erred needs to be exposed and measures taken to ensure such problems are not...

    To regain the public's trust in the government's statistics, how officials erred needs to be exposed and measures taken to ensure such problems are not ...
    Shelter from the storm in 2019

    Shelter from the storm in 2019


    Global economic, financial and political stability depends on outcomes in four...

    Global economic, financial and political stability depends on outcomes in four areas.
    Disrupting multilateral climate finance

    Disrupting multilateral climate finance


    For the world to avert climate calamity, multilateral finance institutions must look to large institutional investors as their partners and...

    For the world to avert climate calamity, multilateral finance institutions must look to large institutional investors as their partners and clients
    Why China clings to state capitalism

    Why China clings to state capitalism


    For Beijing to abandon its policies would mean scrapping its whole economic model, and politically, this would be hard to...

    For Beijing to abandon its policies would mean scrapping its whole economic model, and politically, this would be hard to swallow.
    India risks becoming a Hindu Pakistan

    India risks becoming a Hindu Pakistan


    A new law targeting Muslim migrants threatens India's identity as a land for all...

    A new law targeting Muslim migrants threatens India's identity as a land for all creeds.
    Tokyo prepares to host esports tournament

    Tokyo prepares to host esports tournament


    Tokyo is gearing up to host an esports tournament, read about what Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike said about it in...

    Tokyo is gearing up to host an esports tournament, read about what Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike said about it in Japanese.
    You still need to know your ABCs if you’re living in Japan

    You still need to know your ABCs if you’re living in Japan


    Written Japanese has three different scripts — hiragana, katakana and kanji — so you wouldn’t think there’d be room for any more. But you’d be...

    Written Japanese has three different scripts — hiragana, katakana and kanji — so you wouldn’t think there’d be room for any more. But you’d be ...
    Let’s discuss Yusaku Maezawa’s great Twitter giveaway

    Let’s discuss Yusaku Maezawa’s great Twitter giveaway


    This week’s featured article JESSE JOHNSON In the latest headline-grabbing move by Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, the founder and CEO of major online fashion mall...

    This week’s featured article JESSE JOHNSON In the latest headline-grabbing move by Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, the founder and CEO of major online fashion mall ...
    Using ‘kaneru’ incorrectly is something we simply cannot do

    Using ‘kaneru’ incorrectly is something we simply cannot do


    Sono jōken dewa, o-hikiuke shi-kanemasu.It would be impossible for us to accept. Situation 1: Mr. Okubo and his client Mr. Hashimoto are negotiating a contract.橋本:...

    Sono jōken dewa, o-hikiuke shi-kanemasu.It would be impossible for us to accept. Situation 1: Mr. Okubo and his client Mr. Hashimoto are negotiating a contract.橋本: ...
    ‘A Prophet’ creator turns attention to France’s war in Algeria

    ‘A Prophet’ creator turns attention to France’s war in Algeria


    One of France’s most celebrated screenwriters is taking on its biggest taboo, the bloody conflict in Algeria, in a new war film.Abdel Raouf Dafri told...

    One of France’s most celebrated screenwriters is taking on its biggest taboo, the bloody conflict in Algeria, in a new war film.Abdel Raouf Dafri told ...
    Shirley Boone, wife of crooner Pat Boone and philanthropist, dies at 84

    Shirley Boone, wife of crooner Pat Boone and philanthropist, dies at 84


    Shirley Boone, the longtime wife of singer Pat Boone as well as a philanthropist, has died. She was 84.She passed away on Friday surrounded by...

    Shirley Boone, the longtime wife of singer Pat Boone as well as a philanthropist, has died. She was 84.She passed away on Friday surrounded by ...
    Publisher aims to bridge fictional fun and reality

    Publisher aims to bridge fictional fun and reality


    Name: Frank Foley Title: Managing Director, HarperCollins Japan (since 2017) URL: http://corporate.harpercollins.co.jp DoB: March 5, 1961 Birthplace: Cork, Ireland Hometown: Kamakura Years in Japan: 30...

    Name: Frank Foley Title: Managing Director, HarperCollins Japan (since 2017) URL: http://corporate.harpercollins.co.jp DoB: March 5, 1961 Birthplace: Cork, Ireland Hometown: Kamakura Years in Japan: 30 ...
    Sort out your digital diet and keep your sanity in 2019

    Sort out your digital diet and keep your sanity in 2019


    Judging by the New Year’s resolutions I’m hearing so far this year, the internet was a real source of frustration for a lot of people...

    Judging by the New Year’s resolutions I’m hearing so far this year, the internet was a real source of frustration for a lot of people ...
    Before returning from your trip back home, you’ll have a big choice to make

    Before returning from your trip back home, you’ll have a big choice to make


    Whenever friends of mine return home for a visit, they’ve all told me they’re confronted by one nagging question when they’re there: Should I just...

    Whenever friends of mine return home for a visit, they’ve all told me they’re confronted by one nagging question when they’re there: Should I just ...
    Tyson is just the Tosa to help you keep fit

    Tyson is just the Tosa to help you keep fit


    Looking to whip yourself into shape? Crossfit, high-intensity interval training, Tabata? You won’t need any of these, nor any gym or expensive equipment, if you...

    Looking to whip yourself into shape? Crossfit, high-intensity interval training, Tabata? You won’t need any of these, nor any gym or expensive equipment, if you ...
    Step into Sawano Kobo, an unusual mix of sandals and music

    Step into Sawano Kobo, an unusual mix of sandals and music


    Traditional Japanese footwear and European jazz make a bizarre but successful combination at the Sawano Kobo store in...

    Traditional Japanese footwear and European jazz make a bizarre but successful combination at the Sawano Kobo store in Osaka.
    Comfort in the hands of halal nail polish

    Comfort in the hands of halal nail polish


    Tokyo nail artist looks to halal nail polish to offer cancer patients uplifting manicures without the use of harmful...

    Tokyo nail artist looks to halal nail polish to offer cancer patients uplifting manicures without the use of harmful chemicals.
    Are some of us born to have a beer belly?

    Are some of us born to have a beer belly?


    Scientific literature on excess weight and health is expanding along with global waistlines, and yet, it's hard to find a solid, coherent scientific explanation for...

    Scientific literature on excess weight and health is expanding along with global waistlines, and yet, it's hard to find a solid, coherent scientific explanation for ...

    Chance to change the World Bank’s governance


    World Bank President Jim Yong Kim's resignation provides an opportunity to set new standards for professionalism and...

    World Bank President Jim Yong Kim's resignation provides an opportunity to set new standards for professionalism and leadership.
    How inequality hampers economic growth

    How inequality hampers economic growth


    With job and income polarization having increased across all developed economies, the unrest in France should serve as a wake-up call to...

    With job and income polarization having increased across all developed economies, the unrest in France should serve as a wake-up call to others.
    The vital isolation of indigenous groups

    The vital isolation of indigenous groups


    Whatever the motivation, connecting with remote tribes with the rest of the world would amount to a death sentence for...

    Whatever the motivation, connecting with remote tribes with the rest of the world would amount to a death sentence for them.
    A rare glimpse into the world of Japan’s cozy snack bars

    A rare glimpse into the world of Japan’s cozy snack bars


    Cigarette smoke wafts across rows of whisky and shōchū bottles with dedicated name tags draped around the necks as an elderly man, microphone in hand,...

    Cigarette smoke wafts across rows of whisky and shōchū bottles with dedicated name tags draped around the necks as an elderly man, microphone in hand, ...
    Aiko Tanaka: A bundle of laughs in America

    Aiko Tanaka: A bundle of laughs in America


    From dancing in clubs to stand-up comedy, Aiko Tanaka's experience in the U.S. has helped realize her dream of making it in the entertainment...

    From dancing in clubs to stand-up comedy, Aiko Tanaka's experience in the U.S. has helped realize her dream of making it in the entertainment industry.
    Utagawa Kuniyoshi, the undisputed master of warrior prints

    Utagawa Kuniyoshi, the undisputed master of warrior prints


    Utagawa Kuniyoshi was a true son of Edo. Born near Nihonbashi in 1797, his father a dyer, he grew up among the hoi polloi in...

    Utagawa Kuniyoshi was a true son of Edo. Born near Nihonbashi in 1797, his father a dyer, he grew up among the hoi polloi in ...
    Old-fashioned wine techniques for a forward-looking region

    Old-fashioned wine techniques for a forward-looking region


    In the countryside of Katsunuma, Yamanashi Prefecture, just north of Mount Fuji, a family-run operation has been making wine the old-fashioned way for almost 100...

    In the countryside of Katsunuma, Yamanashi Prefecture, just north of Mount Fuji, a family-run operation has been making wine the old-fashioned way for almost 100 ...
    A new year taste for Tokyo’s best speciality sake bars

    A new year taste for Tokyo’s best speciality sake bars


    With the start of a new year comes a new set of resolutions. An increasingly popular choice is Dry January, a campaign led by the...

    With the start of a new year comes a new set of resolutions. An increasingly popular choice is Dry January, a campaign led by the ...
    Simplicity rules in Starbucks’ seasonal sesame creations

    Simplicity rules in Starbucks’ seasonal sesame creations


    Starbucks Japan’s “Japan Wonder Project” offers a nice snapshot of the nation’s soft-power campaigns in general. This campaign, which has been going on for over...

    Starbucks Japan’s “Japan Wonder Project” offers a nice snapshot of the nation’s soft-power campaigns in general. This campaign, which has been going on for over ...
    ‘Friendship for Grown-Ups’ evokes the ambiguity of everyday life

    ‘Friendship for Grown-Ups’ evokes the ambiguity of everyday life


    Keshiki is a chapbook series published by Strangers Press designed to showcase some of the most exciting writers working in Japan today. “Friendship for Grown-Ups”...

    Keshiki is a chapbook series published by Strangers Press designed to showcase some of the most exciting writers working in Japan today. “Friendship for Grown-Ups” ...
    ‘Small Buildings of Kyoto’: A spotlight on Kyoto’s overlooked quotidian

    ‘Small Buildings of Kyoto’: A spotlight on Kyoto’s overlooked quotidian


    When it comes to photography books about Kyoto, the genre is usually limited to three areas: geishas, gardens and temples — in the English language...

    When it comes to photography books about Kyoto, the genre is usually limited to three areas: geishas, gardens and temples — in the English language ...
    Aki Fujita Taguchi on life behind the camera

    Aki Fujita Taguchi on life behind the camera


    Rock photographer Aki Fujita Taguchi reveals how to snap the essence of a band in just three...

    Rock photographer Aki Fujita Taguchi reveals how to snap the essence of a band in just three songs.

    Keep close eye on departure tax


    The government must make sure the money from the new tax is going toward serving the needs of inbound...

    The government must make sure the money from the new tax is going toward serving the needs of inbound tourists.

    Brexit: A cultural morphology


    How the deep forces of British history, from royalism and classism to nationalism and imperialism, combined to trigger the Brexit...

    How the deep forces of British history, from royalism and classism to nationalism and imperialism, combined to trigger the Brexit moment.
    A weekend in Oita

    A weekend in Oita


    Nestled along the east coast of Kyushu, the city of Oita is home to almost half a million people, making it by far the largest...

    Nestled along the east coast of Kyushu, the city of Oita is home to almost half a million people, making it by far the largest ...

    Stop the escalating crisis in Japan-South Korea ties


    While maintaining its position over the wartime labor issue, Tokyo should explore a political solution to what could otherwise take a lasting toll on bilateral...

    While maintaining its position over the wartime labor issue, Tokyo should explore a political solution to what could otherwise take a lasting toll on bilateral ...
    As the heavyweights return, will 2019 be a smash year for anime?

    As the heavyweights return, will 2019 be a smash year for anime?


    When looking forward to the coming year in anime, it may be helpful to jump in the time machine and hop back to 2016. That’s...

    When looking forward to the coming year in anime, it may be helpful to jump in the time machine and hop back to 2016. That’s ...
    Perfume goes back to dance basics ahead of Coachella debut

    Perfume goes back to dance basics ahead of Coachella debut


    Perfume keeps finding new opportunities more than 15 years into its career. This spring, the electro-pop trio embarks on its latest international tour, with stops...

    Perfume keeps finding new opportunities more than 15 years into its career. This spring, the electro-pop trio embarks on its latest international tour, with stops ...
    Johnny Hates Jazz: Returning to Japan for happier times

    Johnny Hates Jazz: Returning to Japan for happier times


    Eighties electro-popsters Johnny Hates Jazz return to Japan this month ready to roll out the hits as part of a tour that has been celebrating...

    Eighties electro-popsters Johnny Hates Jazz return to Japan this month ready to roll out the hits as part of a tour that has been celebrating ...
    ‘Kono Michi’: A biopic heavy on sentimentality

    ‘Kono Michi’: A biopic heavy on sentimentality


    Biopics are a Hollywood staple, though poets don’t usually get a lot of play, with the Beats (Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and company) among the...

    Biopics are a Hollywood staple, though poets don’t usually get a lot of play, with the Beats (Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and company) among the ...