Nature’s Bounties: Florescence
Shichiku Garden in Obihiro, Hokkaido, is home to nearly 2,500 varieties of flowers over 15,000m² of land. There’s so much beauty to be taken in, and there’s one woman who simply can’t get enough of it.
Sawako Ariyoshi, the Japanese Simone de Beauvoir
Her caustic view of Japanese society and her feminist vision made her a successful but marginal author in the literary world of the time.
Tampopo, the Best 'Ramen Western' in History
Released in 1985, this second feature film from Juzo Itami is a 'ramen western', alluding to the famous 'spaghetti western' sub-genre.
The Must-Read Text on Japanese Aesthetics, 'In Praise of Shadows'
First published in Japanese in 1933, Junichiro Tanizaki’s In Praise of Shadows is a testimony to the enduring timelessness of Japanese aesthetics.
How the Kawaii Aesthetic Captured the World
Developed by students in reaction to traditional Japanese norms, this culture of cute speaks to adolescents the world over.
Hiroshi Senju: Sacred works at Koyasan
Famous for being the home to numerous Buddhist temples, the sacred site of Mount Koya celebrated its 1,200th anniversary in 2015.