| Sep 27, 2013

FYI: Agricultural World Heritage status

by Amy Chavez

After our 3,776-meter-tall friend Fuji-san won the coveted UNESCO World Heritage status this year, many people are wondering what site will win the status next? Only one Japanese site per year can be nominated for the award, and recent reports have said the government ...

| Aug 16, 2013

What being a minority allows us to see

by Amy Chavez

Yeah, yeah, I’ve heard it all before — many times. Someone called your child hafu (half) and you take offence. Or your contract is only one-year renewable, whereas your Japanese coworkers have “lifetime employment.” Or maybe someone called you a gaijin as you walked ...

| Jul 19, 2013

The influence of sports on meditation

by Amy Chavez

“Running meditation.” It’s almost a cliché. Many people describe their running activity as a form of meditation. There are even articles that will teach you “how to meditate while running.” The Tendai-shu monks of Mount Hiei in Kyoto do a walking meditation, called jogyozanmai ...