Aug 4, 2014

Christian heritage of Japan

by Simon Hull

The government's announcement of its intention to make Christian sites in Nagasaki its official candidate for UNESCO World Heritage status in 2016 spotlights a side of Japanese history that many around the world have little awareness of.

Under the beat of the Taiko in Kyoto

Mar 29, 2014

Under the beat of the Taiko in Kyoto

by Ted Taylor

Kyoto’s long history has ensured that it has seen its fair share of giants. Yet few of these legends have marked the city’s physical appearance to the extent of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, despite the man’s reputedly smallish stature. The most obvious of these landmarks was ...

Chishaku-in: a Kyoto garden of deep repose

Mar 29, 2014

Chishaku-in: a Kyoto garden of deep repose

by Stephen Mansfield

As a garden, Chishaku-in has many of the attributes of Japanese landscape design that should attract a good number of visitors. The fact that the temple in Kyoto’s southeastern Higashikawara-cho district is rarely crowded, and that scant attention is paid to it in guidebooks, ...

Sweet times beside a scary Kyoto mound

Nov 2, 2013

Sweet times beside a scary Kyoto mound

by Alon Adika

“You have big hands, so make it a little larger,” Kataoka-san said, referring to the piece of sweet mochi (glutinous rice cake) I’d been shaping as dexterously as I could manage. After stretching it out a little more, I again showed it to her. ...