Aonghas Crowe is a writer, translator and author of both fiction — "Too Close to the Sun," "A Woman’s Nails," "A Woman’s Hand" — and nonfiction — "Boys Have Dingdongs and Other Observations." He splits his time between Fukuoka, Japan and Portland, Oregon. He’s mouldy for a drink.
For better or worse, summer-long school assignments have been a family affair in Japan for longer than you might think.
What is the history, superstitions and culture surrounding all these summer celebrations?
One writer's experience with Japan's temperamental weather.
The literal mysteries of tsuyu, the Japanese term for the rainy season.
One writer went around pestering people to find out exactly how much rice could be harvested from a field that measured one tatami mat in size. Here's what he found.
Japan, we’ve gotta talk. This point card habit of yours is getting out of control.
With those icky germs and nasty flu raging across Japan, you'd think it would be easy to get a kid to wash his hands. Guess again.
Ringing in the new and tossing out the slightly old prompts an age-old question, one similar to Christmas trees in the West: when should you take your Shogatsu decorations down?
Ten of Japan’s 16 national holidays are directly related to the Emperor — with one more on the way.