When most people begin their study of reading and writing Japanese kanji, they often learn numbers, days of the week or other simple characters such as “river” and “mountain.” I began mine…

When is Japanese milk not milk? What may sound at first like a Zen koan riddle is actually a legitimate question that you may want to know the answer to because a…

One of the more surprising aspects of Japanese cuisine, when presented to those who’ve never experienced it, is the array of raw dishes. While people around the world are familiar with sushi, sashimi,…

The first time I tasted amazake was at the entrance of a temple during the celebration of oshōgatsu, also known as the Japanese New Year. Among the classic stands offering okonomiyaki, chocolate-covered bananas and…

In a world fraught with uncertainty, in a global culture plagued by anxiety, people are craving calm and finding it in eclectic meditative practices. It’s not all obnoxious apps and fake gurus,…

The world of fitness is often full of misinformation. People base their results in the gym on anecdotal evidence. And in order to keep profits flowing, the industry often turns to ‘bro…

Fitness products are confusing. It’s often hard to sort through all the options and terminology swirling around the supplement industry. Now imagine trying to figure out which of the many products are…

Striving to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle with a diet full of nutrient-dense foods is ideal, but sometimes this can be challenging. For the past few months, especially, we have all…

This year has been brutal — and we’re still only halfway through it. We’re living through a global pandemic, rampant racism, unprecedented unemployment, financial crises, global warming — and the real fear of…

When Victor N, a fitness professional and model, arrived in Tokyo from the US he discovered that thanks to the Japanese diet it was easier to stay lean. For one – where…

Not too many young kids from the UK’s Isle of Sheppey dream of wrestling in Japan; even fewer turn those dreams into reality. Zack Sabre Jr. is the exception to that rule,…

During the spring season plum blossom festivals, while not as well-known or respected as their ever iconic cherry blossom cousins, are similarly styled events that take place all over Japan. While sakura…