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Wilburn Hansen

Will is a former Professor of Japanese Religions in the California State University system, so he occasionally goes on rants about Japanese history and religions. After years of roaming, he finally settled in Japan, where he has a few distant relatives who mostly ignore him.



The Eel and The Ox: Summer Unagi in Japan

Learn about Day of the Ox and why people in Japan can't get enough eel in summer.

By 3 min read


4 Japanese Comfort Foods Made in the Microwave

The journey of a thousand meals starts by pushing a single button.

By 4 min read


Tanabata: The Yin and Yang of Japanese Holidays

How much does Japan's star festival actually have to do with the stars?

By 5 min read


Exploring Kurashiki: Charm and Culture in Japan

Take a trip to a hidden gem in Okayama Prefecture, Kurashiki Bikan Chiku, filled with Edo Period aesthetic and quaint Japanese charm.

By 5 min read


A Buddhist Look Behind Pets, Food and Funerals in Japan

Why are some animals in Japan eaten while some pets receive funeral services led by religious officials and are then enshrined within Buddhist altars within the home?

By 5 min read