Category Archives: Reviews

The People: Kishin Shinoyama Exhibit in Kanazawa

I manage to catch the last day that photographer Kishin Shinoyama’s photographic exhibition The People is showing at Kanazawa’s stunning 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art. (Do take a peek at the building here as it is beyond words.) After … Continue reading

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Silence: Musings on Scorsese’s Film

I agree with Matt Zoller Seitz the editor in chief at RogerEbert.com who states that Martin Scorsese’s Silence is a film you experience and then live with. That’s true in spite of its flaws. Originally a 1966 novel by Shūsaku … Continue reading

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Terrace House is on Netflix

The last time I was part of a group where everyone minded each others business was before adulthood. During that time I belonged to a church; a small, conservative, community of Mennonites who despite their unique culture, good works and … Continue reading

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India Independence Day

Yesterday was India’s Independence Day.

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The Birth of Saké Is Now on Netflix

I’m glad to have enjoyed a both the Yoshida brand wines and a glimpse into the world of traditionally brewed saké. Continue reading

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Rambling a Little Off the Usual Track

Size isn’t everything. Well, at least not when it comes to horns. Speed and cunning are good too. Which is slight digression from opera, but you were warned. Continue reading

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10 Reasons to Love Japan Wireless

I rented a portable, secure WiFi router from Japan Wireless. That meant I had more reliable and secure WiFi than hotels or cafes provide. Continue reading

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MoshiMoshi Nippon #18: Tokyo Ginki

The central subject of MoshiMoshi Nippon #18 is Tokyo-Ginki, the silver craft of Kazuo Kamikawa, a 10th-generation silver artisan who inherited the name “Sosho” from his father. Continue reading

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Yushin Brewing Company on JIBTV Business Edge

Tokuyama’s breakthrough with Rice Power Extracts is a thoroughly modern biotech phenomenon backed up by rigorous science. Continue reading

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Book Review: Japan and the Culture of the Four Seasons by Haruo Shirane

Japan and the Culture of the Four Seasons is an enlightening read for anyone with a deep interest in Japan. Continue reading

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