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

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.

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

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Learning and Loving the Japanese Language

Some 4 million people are studying Japanese around the world. Whether you’re an anime and manga fan who wants to get closer to the real thing, a lover of arts, crafts, and other traditional culture, or a person who wants to live in Japan or work at a Japanese company, there are many reasons to learn. In this series we present diverse approaches to the language and stories from those who have tackled it successfully.

Katakana: Studying Japan’s Second Script
Hiragana: The First Building Block of Written Japanese
The Fascinating World of Japanese Onomatopoeia
Kyoto’s Museum for Kanji Lovers

Step into Homes Built by Architects

When thinking of houses designed by architects, many imagine an unusual exterior. These creators, however, also apply their talents to the inside. This series of photographs by Jérémie Souteyrat presents examples of stylish twenty-first century architecture and the people who live in them.

A House Where Light and Shadow Play
A Home of Hidden Warmth and Light
The Dining Room in the Sky
A Home that Hibernates Through Winter
A House Open to the Elements

The Changing Face of Tokyo

Tokyo is a city of ceaseless transformation. Having risen from disasters like the 1923 Great Kantō Earthquake and wartime bombing, its evolution as the economic and political center of Japan continues today. This series looks at urban planning projects and a new wave of buildings that are shaping the future face of Japan’s capital.

Japan’s Capital from Meiji to the Modern Age
Growth of a Great City from the Seeds of Ieyasu’s Edo
Mori Towers Revamping Tokyo’s Skyline

Paralympic Athletes, Up Close and Personal

Para-athletes are gaining increased media attention today in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, and people’s interest in para-sports is on the rise. This series focuses on how these athletes have turned their disabilities into a source of strength and describes the many challenges they face in maintaining top competitive form while also fulfilling their work and family responsibilities.

Kaneki Emi: Sitting Volleyball Playmaker Is Ambassador for the Sport
Tani Mami: Iron Paralympian with a Heart of Gold
Nagashima Osamu: Shuttling Between Badminton and R&D

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.

Helping Beginners Say Yes to Nō Theater
“Teika”: A Work of All-Consuming Passion from the Nō Repertoire
“Nōgaku” Drama Kept Alive by Family Traditions

The Simple Joys of Japanese Stationery

Stationery makers in Japan offer a dazzling lineup of innovative and trendy products, including customizable notebooks, masking tape in a rainbow of colors and designs, and imaginatively shaped erasers. Whether for a gift or personal use, there is something to meet almost any taste. In this series we delve into the remarkable world of writing materials to explore the ideas behind some of Japan’s most creative stationery items.

Japanese Firm Tomoe Soroban Hails the Brain-Training Power of the Abacus
Celebrating the Joy of Writing with Kakimori Made-to-Order Notebooks
Labeling Japan for 30 Years and Counting
Crafted Comfort: Hacoa Brings the Warmth of Wood to the Digital Age
A Longtime Writing Companion: Japan’s Tsubame Notebook
Japanese Firm Brightens Work and Study with Adorable Collectable Erasers
The Attractive, All-Purpose Masking Tape of Kamoi Kakōshi
Hit the Road in Japan and Abroad with the Traveler’s Notebook

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