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Sumiki Hikari
  • Sumiki Hikari 
  • By this author: 2 Latest posted: 2018.01.19
Writer based in Taiwan, where she has lived since 2006. Graduated from the Kyoto City University of Arts. Writes about Taiwan and its culture for Japanese media. Works include Taiwan, Y-jiro sagashi (Looking for Y-Junctions in Taiwan). Her website (Japanese language only) is Taipei Story.
A Taste for Danger: The Hazardous History of Fugu2018.01.19

There is a scene in a 1977 instalment of the Torakku yarō (Truck Guys) series where the main character is buried in sand up to his neck as a cure for the effects of eating fugu blowfish. The protagonist, played by Sugawara Bunta, feels his whole body going numb after partaking of the fish—famously poisonous if prepared incorrectly—and submits to the surprising traditional remedy. The film takes…

Japanese Magazine Cover Sparks Media Storm in Taiwan2017.10.17

A recent cover of the Japanese magazine Brutus had Taiwanese media outlets up in arms, upset at the representation of their country. Brutus is well known in Taiwan among followers of the latest trends. It can be found in virtually every bookshop and café, and within arm’s reach of almost every creator. It is an essential publication guiding young Taiwanese people’s consideration of their own cu…

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