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Man firing arrow from a horse in a display of yabusame, the traditional form of Japanese horseback archery
Girl being bullied
Samurai on a horse

The Last Samurai: Enomoto Takeaki and the Warrior Democracy of Ezo

Essay   By Noah Oskow  ·  February 20, 2019 • Tagged with history, hokkaido, tokugawa, samurai, meiji, meiji restoration, war

The story of the samurai who fought the rise of modern Japan to the end - and who, when all else failed, founded his own nation-state.

A businessman with a fat stack of yen

Who Donated a Box Full of Moldy Yen to This Japanese Prefecture?

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 19, 2019 • Tagged with law, society, money, charity

The incident is just the latest in a trend in Japan toward anonymous donations.

Naomi Osaka during the Australia Open, where she became the first Japanese woman to become the number one ranked female player in the world.

Million Dollar Expat: Naomi Osaka's Citizenship Dilemma

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 19, 2019 • Tagged with Naomi Osaka, tennis, sports, citizenship, nationality, law, culture

Naomi Osaka has to make a choice soon about her Japanese citizenship - and it could cost her millions.

Okinawan Cuisine: Not Your Typical Japanese Food

Essay   By Krys Suzuki  ·  February 18, 2019 • Tagged with food, cuisine, lifestyle, okinawa

Sushi? Yakitori? That's so mainland. Learn about Okinawa's own unique style of food.

Picture of war

The Student Deployment: When Japan Threw Its Youth Away

Essay   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 15, 2019 • Tagged with war, world war 2, history

When Japan found itself in desperate straits in 1943, it used the one untapped resource it had left: its college youth. A former soldier tells how he survived - and the permanent damage it etched into his soul.

Comfort woman statue

South Korea Ignores Own Crimes, Demands (More) Apologies for Comfort Women

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 14, 2019 • Tagged with emperor, politics, comfort women, international relations

Why, despite numerous apologies and reparations, does South Korea ignore its own war crimes and keep bashing Japan over World War II?

Man with power assisted leg

As Tourism Skyrockets, Japanese Airline Equips Baggage Handlers with Power Suits

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 13, 2019 • Tagged with business, economy, tourism, travel, airline, tech, technology, robotics

Cyborg baggage handlers? An influx of foreign visitors forces one airline to find an inventive way to handle the load.

Hokkaido

The Colonization of Hokkaido: How a "Foreign" Frontier Became Japan

Essay   By Noah Oskow  ·  February 13, 2019 • Tagged with history, hokkaido, ainu, colonization, meiji era, edo

How a mysterious frontier island peopled by "barbarians" became one of the four main islands of Japan - and how the original inhabitants suffered as a result.