The Portrait of an Island: BULL SUMO
Among the Amami Islands of Kagoshima Prefecture is an island that’s expected to become a world heritage site. This island has a long history of bullfighting. Unlike the bullfights of Europe, here on Tokunoshima bovine and human team together to take on their opponents.
The handlers spend every moment they can with the bulls, developing a close relationship. The title matches, held a few times a year, fill the island with an air of excitement. This is the story of Mamoru Higashida championship title holder for the mini-lightweight class.
The Tattoos that Marked the Criminals of the Edo Period
Traditional tattoos were strong signifiers; murderers had head tattoos, while theft might result in an arm tattoo.
Toulouse-Lautrec and His Japanese Influences
Inspired by his Japanese counterparts, the painter reinvented form and technique within his art and is indebted to printmaking techniques.
Recipe for Ichiraku Ramen from ‘Naruto’ by Danielle Baghernejad
Taken from the popular manga with the character of the same name who loves ramen, this dish is named after the hero's favourite restaurant.
A House Uniting Modernity with Okinawan Nature and Tradition
Atop a small hill in Nanjo City, Okinawa, there sits a large house with a concrete roof. It is the home-cum-office of Toshiyuki Igarashi.
Recipe for Green Tea Pudding by Emi Shimizu
Matcha is appearing increasingly more often on Western dessert menus, like in this creamy pudding that contains no dairy products.