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Julian Ryall
  • Julian Ryall 
  • By this author: 11 Latest posted: 2018.02.23
Japan and Korea correspondent for London's Daily Telegraph. Completed a postgraduate course at the University of Central Lancashire. First arrived in Japan in 1992 and currently resides in Yokohama.
Giants Roam Fukui at Prefectural Dinosaur Museum2018.02.23

Fukui Prefecture, on the Japan Sea coast, is home to Japan’s leading museum focused on dinosaurs. Some 80% of the dinosaur fossils discovered in Japan come from Fukui, and this prefectural facility has attracted national—and even global—attention since opening in 2000. With millions of satisfied visitors to date, the museum offers a full day’s worth of fun to dino-loving kids and adults alike.

A North Korean Spy Ship in Yokohama: The Japan Coast Guard Museum2018.01.19

The Japan Coast Guard museum displays the day-to-day operations of the JCG, although the incident it was opened to showcase—the sinking of a North Korean espionage boat—resembles a spy thriller more than real life.

Money Through the Ages: A Walk Through Japan’s Currency Museum2017.11.22

Money—always a popular subject—is front and center at the Currency Museum, a Bank of Japan facility located near Tokyo Station. Here historically important currency samples from Japan and across East Asia are on display, along with every paper note ever issued by the Bank of Japan. Get your hands on some money with this museum’s interactive displays!

Parasites on Parade: A Tokyo Museum Showcases Our Repulsive Companions2017.11.02

The Meguro Parasitological Museum is a Tokyo institution focused on the science of parasites. It’s the place to go to learn about tiny skin-dwelling organisms, 9-meter tapeworms, and everything in between.

Mikimoto Kōkichi: The Pearl King and His Museum2017.07.17

The humble Akoya oyster, grown in the bays of Mie Prefecture, produces the most prized gems of the sea: pearls. A century after Mikimoto Kōkichi perfected his method to grow spherical pearls, the prefecture is home to a museum celebrating his work and the beauty it has made possible.

A Peek into the Pearl Culture of Mie Prefecture2017.07.11

It takes human talent, a gift from nature, and more than four years to produce the perfect pearl. We visited a community famed for these lustrous treasures to learn more about their production and the prospects for their future.

Keeping the “Ama” Tradition Alive in the Seas of Mie2017.06.27

Mie Prefecture is home to around 1,000 ama, the women freedivers who keep alive a 3,000-year-old way of fishing. Today there are only around double this number in all of Japan, a sharp decline from more than 17,000 half a century ago. As the ama population ages, what can be done to keep this traditional occupation afloat?

Tochigi’s Strawberries: Red Jewels for the Crown of Japanese Agriculture2017.05.15

Tochigi, north of Tokyo, is Japan’s top producer of strawberries. Visitors to the prefecture’s farms enjoy all-you-can-eat picking tours and come away raving about the sweet, juicy berries. Tochigi is also the source of the very finest specimens of the red fruit, shipped around the country for inclusion in exquisite desserts.

Behind the Scenes of Obama’s Hiroshima Visit2016.12.06

Barack Obama’s May 27 visit to Hiroshima brought together a president and a survivor of the 1945 atomic bomb in an image of compassion that went around the world. We talked to the documentary film producer who shed light on Mori Shigeaki’s work.

The Japanese Historian Honoring Hiroshima’s American Dead2016.05.20

The August 6, 1945, atomic bombing of Hiroshima also ended the lives of 12 American POWs held in the city. Amateur historian Mori Shigeaki has spent over 40 years identifying them and locating their families, a process that drew the attention of US filmmaker Barry Frechette, whose Paper Lanterns chronicles Mori’s work.

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