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For Dave Hueston's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Shamisen faces crisis as cat skins fall from favor

Dec 29, 2016

Shamisen faces crisis as cat skins fall from favor

Few instruments are as integral to a nation’s traditional culture as Japan’s shamisen, whose evocative sound accompanies a range of performances from kabuki and puppet plays to folk songs and geisha entertainments in teahouses. But in the 21st century, the three-stringed instrument is facing ...

Ise-Shima's traditional seafood foragers come up for air

May 25, 2016

Ise-Shima's traditional seafood foragers come up for air

When I arrive at the entrance of Hachiman-kamado, a women divers’ hut in the village of Osatsu along the jagged coastline of the Ise-Shima region in Mie Prefecture, matriarch Reiko Nomura and three of her junior female free divers welcome me with beaming smiles. ...

Classic hotel takes center stage at Ise-Shima Summit

Apr 2, 2016

Classic hotel takes center stage at Ise-Shima Summit

The opening to the novel “Karei naru Ichizoku” (The Glorious Family) by the late Japanese author Toyoko Yamasaki describes the splendid twilight descending upon Ago Bay in the Shima Peninsula, when the sun begins to tilt and the tide is full. And in a ...

Mie government touts 'omotenashi' spirit for Ise-Shima summit

Mar 26, 2016

Mie government touts 'omotenashi' spirit for Ise-Shima summit

Centuries ago millions of pilgrims trekked to Japan’s spiritual home in Mie Prefecture, especially to celebrate the cyclical dismantling and rebuilding of Ise Grand Shrine — the embodiment of Japanese shrines. Along with being ranked among Japanese as the number one “power spot” travel ...

Exploring Sapporo Snow Festival's winter wonderland

Feb 10, 2016

Exploring Sapporo Snow Festival's winter wonderland

Soaking in an event as elaborate as the annual Sapporo Snow Festival in Hokkaido’s largest city over a single weekend means getting off on steady footing in more ways than one. For festival-goers, there is the danger of slipping on the icy roads as ...