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Himeji Castle
June 8, 2018

5 Cool James Bond Movie Locations You Can Visit in Japan

If 007 only lives twice and you only live once, then you better add these travel spots to your bucket list.

May 18, 2018

Otaku Time: 5 Anime to Binge on Netflix Japan Right Now

No kanji? No problem. Here’s a collection of top Japanese animated shows you can watch in English.

April 9, 2018

Great Japanese Writers: Ryu Murakami

From enfant terrible of the Japanese literary scene to master of its dark arts, Ryu Murakami’s sinister world and black humor have been delighting readers for more than four decades.

Great Japanese Writers: Fuminori Nakamura
March 16, 2018

Great Japanese Writers: Fuminori Nakamura

Fuminori Nakamura was born in Nagoya in 1977 but has made Tokyo his home and muse in the decades since….

February 16, 2018

Discovery: 5 Japanese Science Fiction Authors

When people think about Japanese science fiction, thoughts tend to swing towards manga, anime and live action movies. Gundam, Atom…

January 16, 2018

A Guide To the Best ‘Lost in Translation’ Spots in Tokyo

With the film in its 15th anniversary year, you can still find many of the real-life locations it portrayed in Shinjuku, Shibuya, and Kyoto.

January 10, 2018

New Year, New Books: Japanese Literature for 2018

This series tends to look back at Japanese literature that is already available in translation but seeing as this is…

December 19, 2017

At 40, ‘Star Wars’ and its Relationship with Japan Only Deepens

A free “Star Wars” exhibition opens this week in Tokyo to celebrate the saga’s latest episode while the franchise’s actors and directors open up about their personal connections to Japanese culture.

December 11, 2017

Great Japanese Writers: Miyuki Miyabe

Enjoy genre-jumping with this popular author who has written across science fiction, mystery, historical fiction, children’s fiction, young adult, fantasy, crime, thriller and horror

Great Japanese Writers Hiromi Kawakami
November 13, 2017

Great Japanese Writers: Hiromi Kawakami

It seems there is always a need in the market for a quirky, left-field Japanese novelist, and with the decline…

October 24, 2017

5 Japanese Horror Movies You Must Watch, Part 2

When it comes to unsettling, chilling and often gruesome films, nothing quite matches the visceral nature of Japanese horror.

October 12, 2017

Kazuo Ishiguro: Time Out of Mind

An overview of Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro’s novels.

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