“A symbol of global solidarity”. The words Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga used to describe the 2020 Olympics, set to take place in July and August this year. “A symbol of false hope”,…

With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, many of us have taken a step back to reevaluate who we are and what we want to do in life. By asking ourselves probing questions like…

A male friend once noted that I never included anything about my love life in writing. Considering I am mainly a food writer, I thought that was a rather odd comment. But…

Toshihiko Koga, a gold medalist at the Barcelona Games in 1992, died from cancer on Wednesday, March 24. He was just 53.  A renowned judoka known for having what was arguably the…

When we stumble out of bed each morning and grab the nearest item of clothing, hardly any of us are thinking of its story; where it came from, who made it and…

There is a poem about the Japanese warlord Oda Nobunaga (1534 – 1582) where he is asked what he’d do about a cuckoo that won’t sing, and his answer is that he’d…

Japan witnessed 150 years of widespread warfare during the 13th and 14th centuries as feudal lords jostled for political positioning, leading many noble families to hole up in their manors for weeks at…

This week’s yojijukugo is inspired by one of the most pivotal moments in Japanese history. If you’ve been watching Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan, you may have an inkling as to…

Nothing beats the smell, the taste and the feel of a steaming cup of tea nestled in one’s hands. It’s no wonder that rituals surrounding tea are prevalent around the world: a…

The stress we all have been carrying since March 2020 continues into 2021, as we near the one-year anniversary of the pandemic. Now more than ever, it’s important to give ourselves the time…

Japanese culture has always been admired for its cuisine, scenic spots, and traditional arts. At the same time, the country is ranked as one of the top contributors in design, whether it…

Robert Schuller once said that it’s better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing perfectly. But what if you are a perfect specimen of the human race who can do no…