June 30, 2016
Japan's first bicycles were made by former gunsmiths around the 1870s. Mid-20th century innovations aimed at women gave rise to the "mama-chari," a type of bicycle for mothers with small children. Today, annual production of bicycles in Japan is about 9 million, and many of...
June 23, 2016
Ekiben: Boxed meals for travelers
In so many ways, Japan is a paradise for those smitten by the magic of rail travel. Numerous readers will be familiar with a mass transit system that gets urban commuters from A to B with near-clockwork regularity, but there is more to Japan’s trains than mere efficiency.
What makes Japanese hot springs so great? What makes a haunted house fun? What’s a cool place in Tokyo to grab a drink? Peter Barakan picks five shows that made a big impression on him.
What lies behind the Japanese passion for long-distance running? This edition of Japanology Plus is sure to have sports-lovers dreaming about a running tour of Japan!
Peter Barakan is a Tokyo-based freelance broadcaster, who has been creating and presenting radio programs featuring an eclectic mix of music for 35 years. Born in London in 1951, he studied Japanese at the University of London’s School of Oriental and...
Born in Washington, D.C. in 1973, Matt’s interest in Japan was first kindled by robot toys in his childhood. These days the whole world loves anime, sushi, and countless other aspects of Japanese culture, but things were quite different back then. After majoring...
Emma is a British actor from London who is based in Japan. Her interest in acting started when she was very young, and she had roles in lots of productions at a drama club associated with the Theatre Royal Norwich. She studied acting at Mountview Theatre...