In 2016, a whiskey distillery began operations at Akkeshi, one of Hokkaido’s coastal seaport towns facing the Pacific Ocean. Currently, Japanese whiskeys such as Yamazaki, Yoichi, and Ichiro’s Malt are gaining popularity around the world, so the Akkeshi Distillery has great expectations. The director of the Distillery, Katsuyuki Tatsuzaki, talks about the sacred place that resembles Scotland’s Islay, and why he chose the location.
Colour Photos of Yakuza Tattoos from the Meiji Period
19th-century photographs have captured the usually hidden tattoos that covered the bodies of the members of Japanese organised crime gangs.
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.
Hiroshi Nagai's Sun-Drenched Pop Paintings Pay Homage to California
Hiroshi Nagai, Japan's answer to David Hockney, has the gift of transporting viewers to the west coast of America as it was in the 1950s.
Pinku Eiga, the World of Erotic and Engaged Japanese Cinema
Pinku eiga (pink films), is a film genre that combines eroticism and violence and implicitly dissects the idiosyncrasies of Japanese society.
Takeru Shoji Architects Reinvent a House in a Remote Village
This villa, the shape of which is reminiscent of a tent, stands out against the more traditional buildings in the area.