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A Tradition Ironed Out over the Years: The Cast-iron Creations of Okamaya

The family firm Okamaya in Iwate Prefecture has been handcrafting cast-iron kettles for over 350 years. We interviewed the firm’s head, Koizumi Nizaemon, to learn more about its history and the traditions of Nanbu cast iron.
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Talking with the Dead Through Invisible GriefWakamatsu Eisuke

The road to true reconstruction in the disaster-stricken Tōhoku region can be opened by conversing and living together with the dead there. Wakamatsu Eisuke, a literary critic acclaimed for his writings on the living and the dead, holds that talking about the existence of the dead is a must if we are to get on with life in the world after the 3/11 disaster.
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