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Stories about Japan

8 February 2020

‘L Japan’: Kobe couple vlogs about lesbian life

Get an introduction to Japanese lesbian slang and more on this YouTube channel by Kobe residents Miho and Clare.

1 February 2020

‘Mario Kart’ cosplay company crashes and burns after appealing Nintendo ruling

Patrons were encouraged to dress up in costumes provided by Maricart as characters from Nintendo's popular 'Mario Kart' series and 'race' around the city, but those days are over.

16 December 2019

The intertwined origins of ‘kawaii’ and Japanese queer culture

"A major part of Rune's work that's rarely discussed is the work he did for the magazine Barazoku [...],the first mass-market magazine that catered to same-sex attracted men in Japan.

10 December 2019

Popular ‘Nausicaä’ animated movie from Japan performed as kabuki play

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, one of Japan's most popular animated films, will be performed as a kabuki play in December, 2019 in Tokyo.

30 November 2019

Pope Francis visit highlights Nagasaki's long Catholic history

The first papal visit to Japan in nearly four decades highlighted the country's historical Christian heritage, identified major challenges faced by the rest of the world.

25 November 2019

Japanese arms fair generates protest, puzzlement

While arms fairs have been regularly held in Japan in the past, this is the first such event organized in collaboration between government and industry.

18 November 2019

Tashkent theatre offers window into Japanese internment after World War II

Of all the Japanese interned for forced labour by the Soviet Union after the end of the war, about 25,000 were taken to Uzbekistan.

1 November 2019

Celebrating “Mundane Halloween” in Japan

"Mundane Halloween" has become an October tradition in Japan.

13 October 2019

Youth join Climate Strike in Japan as government invests in fossil fuels

Japan is not void of warriors shouting out for climate sustainability. But these young activists are concerned that the adults aren’t ready to hear them.

29 September 2019

Undercover journalist exposes harsh working conditions at Amazon warehouse in Japan

A new book by a Japanese investigative reporter exposes deadly working conditions at a giant Amazon facility just outside of Tokyo.

18 September 2019

Popular Twitter thread highlights dozens of examples of Japan's ‘Bubble-era’ PoMo architecture

Every corner of Japan features examples of postmodern architecture.

12 September 2019

Residents of Japanese region slammed by typhoon fear they are being forgotten

Much of the coverage of Typhoon Faxai has focused only on how people in Tokyo, Japan's nexus of business, government, and media, were affected.

30 August 2019

Alphonse Mucha's surprising influence on Japanese manga, anime and “light novels”

In Japan, manga, anime and even 'light novel' creators all claim early an 20th Century Czech Art Nouveau artist and illustrator as an influence.

16 August 2019

Vitriolic response to art exhibit tests the limits of freedom of speech in Japan

A controversial art exhibition at an arts festival in Japan has led to government criticism, threats, at least one arrest, protests by artists and questions about freedom of expression.

9 August 2019

Tokyo Interlopers provides a glimpse of life in Japan from a foreign perspective

The full archive of Tokyo Interlopers profiles provides a fascinating glimpse of life in the Japanese metropolis from a foreign perspective.

1 August 2019

Election focuses spotlight on disability issues in Japan

Kimura Eiko and Funago Yasuhiko, who both rely on motorized wheelchairs and caregiver support in order to carry out daily tasks, were elected to the upper house of Japan's parliament.

24 July 2019

Online photo collection gives inside glimpse of Occupation-era Japan—and saga of Japanese-American internment

The Theodore Akimoto Family Collection features more than 250 photographs of postwar Japan.

21 July 2019

Walk the streets of Japan on YouTube with Rambalac

"I started filming my walks just for fun and additional reason to go outside."

6 July 2019

Kim Kardashian, cultural appropriation, and genocide

The Bridge

While combining "Kim Kardashian", "kimono" and "cultural appropriation" into a sentence seems almost comically idiotic, cultural appropriation can be deadly, which is reason enough to take cultural appropriation seriously today.

29 June 2019

‘Stand with Hong Kong': Appeal to G20 leaders on extradition law crisis appears in major international newspapers

Proposed legal amendments would allow Hong Kong residents to be extradited to mainland China's judicial system. Protesters are appealing to G20 leaders for support.