Shorter pieces shedding light on the creativity underlying Japanese culture and technology and on lives and lifestyles in Japan.

Japan’s Holy Places

The ancient belief in a myriad of native deities resident in the mountains, seas, and trees fostered the earliest sacred sites in Japan. These were added to over the centuries by significant locations in the imported faith of Buddhism. This feature explores Japan’s holy places.

The Spiritual Pull of Shikoku’s “Henro” Pilgrimage

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The Story of Japanese Whisky

Japan has been producing whisky for nearly a century, and in that time it has made great strides, with many brands now boasting an internationally recognized level of quality. Discover the history of this celebrated amber liquid in Japan and the people who have helped nurture it to its current high standard.

Whisky, a Spirit Imbued with Culture
The Woman Who Took Whisky to Japan: Remembering Rita Cowan Taketsuru
Japan Distills a World-Class Whisky Tradition

Cooking Up Enjoyment

Delicious food has always been a source of joy. When people gather around an exquisitely prepared meal, it leads to new encounters and shared pleasure. This series looks at some of the culinary ways Japanese people are connecting with the outside world.

The Rise of Ramen: How “Chinese Noodles” Became a Japanese Favorite
“Edomae” Sushi: A Fast Food with a Long Tradition
Sushi Chef Aoki Toshikatsu: At the Crossroads of Tradition and Innovation
Women Uncorking Wine’s Potential in Japan
Tying the Cultural Knot in the Kitchen: Japanese-Peruvian Cuisine
World’s Top Chefs Work Wonders with Japanese Ingredients

Discovering “Nōgaku”: The Blossoming of Tradition

Nōgaku is a multifaceted art form that incorporates elements of theater, music, dance, literature, and costume design. This series will examine this ancient theatrical tradition from a number of different angles to help readers gain a better appreciation of its artistic treasures.

“Teika”: A Work of All-Consuming Passion from the Nō Repertoire
“Nōgaku” Drama Kept Alive by Family Traditions

The Tokusatsu Entertainment Genre that Godzilla Spawned

Godzilla first appeared on the big screen 60 years ago, with the release of the 1954 film of the same title. This anniversary coincides with the 2014 release of a popular new Hollywood film also titled Godzilla. In this series, we take a closer look at the so-called tokusatsu style of special effects that Godzilla spawned as well as the movies and TV series that emerged in the six decades that followed, while also speculating on what the future might hold for this genre.

(Video) Godzilla’s Second Tour of Duty
Being Godzilla: An Interview with Nakajima Haruo, the Man Inside the Suit
Godzilla’s Analog Mayhem and the Japanese Special Effects Tradition

Matsuri Days (6): The Awa Odori and Shikoku

Away from the bustling metropolises, Japan's fourth largest island, Shikoku, has its own charms. In this feature we discover its people, natural beauty, and traditional arts and festivals.

Why Not Dance? The Awa Odori Festival (Video)

Matsuri Days (4): Gion Festival and Kyoto

Japan’s former capital Kyoto plays host to numerous well-known festivals that attract tourists to the area, including the Aoi Festival, the Jidai Festival, and the Gozan no Okuribi. But Japan’s biggest summer festival, the month-long Gion Festival, is probably the most famous of them all.

Gion Festival Displays Kyoto’s Lavish Hospitality

The Takarazuka Century

The year 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the Takarauka Revue, an all-female musical theater troupe. This series looks back at the Revue’s long history of success, starting with the businessman who dreamed up the idea for the troupe and coined the phrase “Purity, Honesty, Beauty” that has guided it ever since.

Kobayashi Ichizō: The Visionary Impresario of the Takarazuka Revue
A Century of Dreams and Romance: A History of Japan’s All-Female Takarazuka Revue

Ozu Yasujirō: New Discoveries in the Half-Century Since His Passing

December 12, 2013 marks the 110th anniversary of the birth of Ozu Yasujirō, and the 50th anniversary of his death. He was a director who hugely influenced prominent filmmakers around the world, and continues to be revered internationally. This special feature encourages us to enjoy and (re)discover Ozu's cinematic world.

The Artistic World of Ozu Yasujirō on Display in Tokyo
Tokyo Story in Moscow: Bringing Ozu to the World
In Search of Ozu Yasujirō

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