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A Homecoming of the Heart: Shakuhachi Player Bruce Huebner

California native Bruce Huebner fell in love with the shakuhachi flute as a young man, and in the subsequent decades he has become an accomplished composer, performer, and teacher of the traditional Japanese woodwind instrument. A long-time resident of Japan, he spent many years in Fukushima, where he developed a deep affinity for the prefecture’s people and natural surroundings. Following the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, he has used his music to aid in recovery efforts and connect with people affected by the disaster.
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Moriyama Daidō: Photographer with the “Eyes of a Stray Dog”Iizawa Kōtarō

Moriyama Daidō wanders the streets like a stray dog, taking snapshots that leave vivid impressions on viewers. He is mentioned with the likes of Araki Nobuyoshi as one of Japan’s contemporary master photographers.
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The Importance of Being Mishima YukioDamian Flanagan

On November 25, 1970, the celebrated author Mishima Yukio shocked Japan with his ritual suicide. Damian Flanagan argues that his death went beyond a nationalistic call to arms or the final act of a madman, carrying real literary significance and shedding light on Mishima’s final artistic aims.
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Japan Glances Index

Discover Japan by picking a theme from the list below and exploring the related topics. Each short overview is illustrated with colorful photographs.
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Daikanyama Tsutaya Books: One-Stop Shopping for Your Photo Book Needs

Daikanyama Tsutaya Books is the bookstore where Tokyo’s creative community gathers. As the flagship store of the Culture Convenience Club, a leading force in Japan’s contemporary art scene, there is no better place for following the trends in photography and the books chronicling this art.
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Shimizu Harumi: A Concierge of Photo Books at Daikanyama Tsutaya Books

Few bookstores in Japan stock more photography books than Daikanyama Tsutaya Books, which has welcomed a steady stream of local and foreign visitors since opening its doors in 2011. Employees called concierges wield deep knowledge in selecting and recommending books to customers. We spoke with Shimizu Harumi, a concierge of photography books, about her work.
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Japan to Promote Active Tourism Use of Traditional Buildings (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 6 (Jiji Press)—Japan's tourism ministry plans to urge local governments to set ordinances to exempt historic buildings, such as kominka (traditional folk houses), from the building standards law, to better promote the use of such structures for tourism. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism will compile guidelines, including know-how for making such ordinance…
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Alex Kerr: A Taste of a Better JapanKiyono Yumi (Interviewer)

Alex Kerr has spent more than a decade restoring traditional houses in remote parts of Japan and using them to revive local economies. In recent years, he has written acerbic critiques about the destruction of the Japanese landscape, rooted in his expert knowledge of East Asian arts and culture, and continues to work to develop a new approach to Japanese tourism that will tap the potential of the nation’s rich traditions and help to keep them alive for future generations.
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A Gallery of Green: Japanese Gardens (Photos)Satō Shin’ichi /Sawada Shinobu

Many Japanese gardens are part of such facilities as restaurants, museums, and hotels. This collection introduces some of the finest examples of these kinds of gardens.
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Cormorant Fishing: An Ancient Tradition to Mark Each New SummerSawabe Katsuhito

Cormorant fishing, a method that involves lighting a fire to lure sweetfish and catching them with tamed cormorants, is today a popular tourist attraction that marks the beginning of summer in Japan. This is the story of the men and birds involved in Japan’s most famous cormorant fishing on the Nagara River.
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