Offering a seminar on Kuromontsuki dyeing, March 17, in Nagoya Nagoya and the surrounding environs, which lay rightful claim to the birthplace of modern Japanese culture, offer the visitor to Japan unlimited potential for historical and cultural exploration. If one is fascinated by traditional Japanese apparel, for instance, there is no better place to study … Continue reading The Creations of Yamakatsu
The Japan Post has just announced the issue of a 30-year anniversary, limited-edition Street Fighter commemorative stamp sheet with original cover print and action figurine. This important announcement (lol) is translated below, and includes the link to the Japan Post NetShop, where the set can be purchased. (Not available in the U.S.) "In the 30 … Continue reading Attention Street Fighter Fans!
For nearly a decade the population of Japan has been shrinking. In the last year it declined 0.18%, by about 230,000 people, not a dramatic drop for a country of 126 million people (1.). For instance, if the population decline continues at this pace (or accelerates, as is predicted) in less than four years the … Continue reading Wither the Japanese?
The Listening Game In a Kodo workshop, there are more challenges than simply identifying different scents. You must grind your own india ink, take notes with a calligraphy brush, and listen very carefully. On the other hand, you will not be asked to sit seiza - though you may do so if you wish. Ask your average Japanese … Continue reading Kodo – the Way of Incense
I've been talking about this place ever since I got back from my recent visit to Japan. Perhaps it cast a spell on me! Usuki is an old castle town about an hour south of Oita, Japan, and it is surely one of the prettiest places in the prefecture, if not on the entire island … Continue reading Usuki calling…
Los Angeles Anime Convention I did some Lyft driving on July 1, the first day of the Anime Convention, and I had the chance to take a young Marine (yes, USMC) in a mophead silver wig, blue boa and knee boots there, and then pick up a few ladies in full cosplay outfits and return them to Koreatown. … Continue reading Cosplay in LA!