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Articles by Eleanor Jane

These four instruments are not just credited with creating traditional Japanese music, but can also tell a story about Japanese culture. Shamisen The shamisen has a basic form similar to that of the…

Climbing a narrow staircase to the third floor of the Mokuhankan print shop in Asakusa takes me to a studio where a printmaker is at work. She is halfway through adding black…

Calligraphy brushes, loaded with unforgiving black ink, are hovering nervously over clean white paper in Atsushi Miyazaki’s studio. After a brief introduction to the history of shodo and proper brush technique, it’s…

Japan’s vending machines offer a cornucopia of treats from ice cream and corn chowder to dashi stock and the infamous – but illegal – used women’s panties. Although Japan is home to some of…

Dining in Japan is a multi-sensory experience and the casual observer might not realize the importance tableware takes in setting the perfect meal. Japan dining customs developed around eating with chopsticks. This…

Women in Japan face regular labeling by foreign media, often being described with words such as polite, reserved and submissive. But countless Japanese women are proving these labels to be wrong. So how…