December 18, 2018
Uniforms are a familiar sight in Japan, whether it’s the jacket of a taxi driver, or the black suit of a new office worker. Among the most visible examples are the uniforms worn by middle and high school students. They often feature distinctive collars and...
December 11, 2018
2018 marks the 150th year since the beginning of the Meiji era, as well as the end of the age of samurai in Japan. Meiji means “Enlightened Rule,” and the era lasted from 1868 until 1912. The ultimate objective at the time was “bunmei kaika,” or civilization and...
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.
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...