The Creations of Yamakatsu

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

Japanese chocolate maker finds his dream machine in North Carolina

The craft chocolate boom continues to gain pace the world over, nowhere more so than in Japan.  One expert estimates that a country that had less than ten bean-to-bar chocolate makers just a few years ago now has over 70, and that number continues to grow. With their long-held love of European confections, and exceptional … Continue reading Japanese chocolate maker finds his dream machine in North Carolina

Attention Street Fighter Fans!

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 the Japanese Hot Spring Enthusiast ( a Japanese publication promoting domestic travel to the Japanese traveler, has published its members’ "Top Hot Springs of Japan" selections for 2018.  I’m always complaining about the silly and inaccurate travel writing on Japan by English-language writers, so if you’re a traveler or newcomer to Japan, and interested in soaking in the country’s … Continue reading For the Japanese Hot Spring Enthusiast