Nosing around Nada, the nation's sake-brewing mecca

Jan 8, 2012

Nosing around Nada, the nation's sake-brewing mecca

Chewing and spitting out rice, unseemly as it sounds, is a key step in making kuchikami (literally, “mouth-chew”) sake, an early form of the now world-famous drink. Fortunately, the brew has come a long way since then. As production methods evolved and improved, one ...

Setting a course for pirate isles in the Seto Inland Sea

Oct 9, 2011

Setting a course for pirate isles in the Seto Inland Sea

A Portuguese Jesuit named Padre Louis Frois, who was one of the first Europeans to write extensively about Japan, described Murakami Takeyoshi as the most powerful pirate in Japan and a man feared by all. The Murakami clan dominated the Inland Sea for more ...

Taking in Tomonoura's many delights

Jul 24, 2011

Taking in Tomonoura's many delights

“The most beautiful scenic view in Japan,” was how the woman in the temple in Tomonoura translated it when I asked her the meaning of some calligraphy carved into a wooden sign mounted on the wall. And as views go it was so pleasing ...