Emma holds an MA in Advanced Japanese Studies from Sheffield University. The child of a Japanese mother, Emma grew up in Japan as well as England, and is fully fluent in both Japanese and English. Emma contributes essays based on her experiences growing up as a child of two cultures.
How did Japan become the birthplace of a plethora of manufactured girl groups? Emma Ford looks into how "idol" came to mean something very different in Japan than it does in the West.
Why do people in Japan save more compared to people in other countries? Emma Ford discusses how a saving ethic became built into the culture.
What is Respect for the Aged Day (敬老の日)? And why do those lucky suckers in Japan get a day off for it?! Emma Ford provides an overview of next week's holiday, including its origins and related cultural myths.
The life of the legendary cartoonist and essayist Sakura Momoko was one of juxtaposition between traditional and modern Japan. A look back at the creator of Chibi Maruko-chan.
The Abe cabinet comes under scrutiny again following yet another scandal. Is the Japanese public losing confidence in their government?
The continued downward spiral of Japan’s population hasn't been helped by the slowdown in the Japanese economy. Emma Ford combines personal experience and some frightening statistics to ask: Where does Japan go from here?
Japan as an island nation is known to be respectful and quiet. Emma Ford describes what it's like to live this reality as a child growing up in the country - and then to suddenly find herself in a mirror world.