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For J.J. O'Donoghue's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

New butoh venue aims for intimacy

Jul 7, 2016

New butoh venue aims for intimacy

Butoh has found a permanent home in Kyoto. Appropriately, for a form of dance that originated in Japan but has flown under the radar here, that home is a tiny 154-year-old kura, or storehouse, hidden down an alley and squeezed between a medical college ...

English wasabi could put the heat on Japanese chefs

Jun 24, 2016

English wasabi could put the heat on Japanese chefs

Wasabi, according to the late food writer Shizuo Tsuji, grows best on the banks of cold, clear streams. “In fact,” he writes in his 1980 culinary treatise, “Japanese Cooking,” the plant can only be grown “in flooded mountain terraces.” However, thanks to the initiative ...