Follow Us



More Staff
  • Staff 
  • By this author: 60 Latest posted: 2018.09.14
The translation and editorial team at Get in touch with the contact page on this site or through our social media accounts linked at the top and bottom of each page.
The 2018 Undōkai World Cup: Sports Festival Fun on Awaji Island2018.09.14

Autumn in Japan is the season for undōkai, the sports festivals that take place at just about every school in the country. This month the island of Awaji in Hyōgo Prefecture is hosting its third annual Undōkai World Cup, with fun events open to all and delicious prizes to win.

Connected by the Sea, Japan and Malta Forge New Relations2018.08.02

Sushi staples like ōtoro seem Japanese through and through. But if you have ever enjoyed a tasty serving of bluefin tuna in Japan, there’s a good chance that the fish originated in the Republic of Malta. The tiny Mediterranean island is the second largest exporter of bluefin to Japan, shipping over 5,000 tons in 2016. According to Maltese Prime Minister Dr. Joseph Muscat, growing Japanese demand f…

The Courage to Remember: Anne Frank and Sugihara Chiune Come to Osaka2018.07.01

Japan is home to a relatively small number of Jews. With only a handful of synagogues scattered across the country’s main cities, serving a Jewish population thought to number just several thousand, the ties between the Japanese and the global Jewish community remain low-key. There are efforts underway to deepen these ties, though. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, headquartered in Los Angeles, has …

Cooking Up a Storm: Making Meals in a Japanese Rice Cooker2018.06.01

Buying a Japanese automatic rice cooker may be the best culinary investment a person can make. Aside from simmering up perfectly cooked rice, these versatile gadgets can also knock out an array of gastronomic delights like fluffy desserts and hearty mealtime staples. Simply mix the ingredients in the pot and the appliance does all the work. Having previously explored the world of rice cooker pa…

Book Buzz: New Translations from Japanese in 20182018.04.19

Iconic author Murakami Haruki’s latest novel Killing Commendatore is set for an October English-language release. The story is centered on a portrait painter caught up in mysterious events after he happens on an undiscovered work in the house of a famous artist, where he is staying while separated from his wife. The book takes its title from the Mozart opera Don Giovanni and is influenced by the F…

Creepy Crawly Cuisine: Exploring Insects as the Future of Food2018.02.23

Global food shortages caused by overpopulation have long been on the radar as potential threats to humankind. And it is increasingly common knowledge that insects could provide a helpful nutritional alternative to current food sources. For the moment, though, there are few people actively considering the possibility of including bugs in their diet. Not that this would be a culinary innovation, …

Obituary: Iwao Sumiko, 1935–20182018.01.13

Iwao Sumiko, psychologist and professor emeritus at Keio University, passed away in Tokyo on January 11, 2018. She was 83. Born in Tokyo in 1935, Iwao attended Keio University before heading to the United States, where she earned a doctorate in psychology at Yale University. She would go on to serve as a visiting professor at Harvard University and a professor at her alma mater in Tokyo, as wel…

“Santa Kurō”: A Japanese Christmas Carol2017.12.22

In 1900 Shindō Nobuyoshi published Santa Kurō, one of the first Japanese books to feature Santa Claus. Its simple story and strong Christian theme sharply contrast with Japan’s largely secular observance of Christmas today, offering a fascinating glimpse into early views of the holiday along with rural life during the Meiji era (1868–1912). Santa Claus makes an appearance on the book’s inside …

Five Tokyo Centers2017.12.21

Tokyo sprawls over more than 2,000 square kilometers of land. This is the figure for the area of the metropolis alone—a unit basically equivalent to the other prefectures in Japan—and does not include places where the urban sprawl spills over into neighboring prefectures. But unlike the other 46, Tokyo lacks a prefectural capital that could be defined as its center. So what is the center of Japan’…

Tokyo Named Third Most “Magnetic” City2017.11.10

In October 2017, Tokyo was named the third most “magnetic” city in the world based on its power to attract creative individuals and enterprises. The Global Power City Index, published by the Mori Memorial Foundation, ranked 44 major cities in 2017, its tenth year. Cities are scored for six functions: economy, research and development, cultural interaction, livability, environment, and accessi…

Video highlights

New series

  • From our columnists
  • In the news