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Alon Adika

Alon Adika, a travel writer for The Japan Times, holds a B.A. degree in East Asian Studies and a M.Sc. degree in education. He lived in Japan for a number of years and returns as often as possible. He currently resides in New York City.

For Alon Adika's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Temples, dragon boats and fireworks in Chinese Nagasaki

Jun 23, 2013

Temples, dragon boats and fireworks in Chinese Nagasaki

There was a time when the journey from East China to Nagasaki was a long and treacherous one across an unpredictable sea. Once a ship entered the verdant hill-sheltered bay that led to the city, the passengers thanked the gods for their safe arrival. ...

Yagyu: Nara's hidden village of the shoguns' sword masters

May 5, 2013

Yagyu: Nara's hidden village of the shoguns' sword masters

Legend has it that while roaming the wooded hills around his village one day, Yagyu Munetoshi encountered a tengu — a mythical creature, part human and part bird, adept at swordplay. Munetoshi was renowned for his fencing skills and relished the opportunity to duel with ...

On the trail of treasures at Kyoto's Toji Temple

Jul 15, 2012

On the trail of treasures at Kyoto's Toji Temple

The man unfurled the scroll and hung it on the wall of the makeshift tent to reveal a majestic mountain soaring to the heights in bold black brush strokes. It was a scene showing nature in all its grandeur dwarfing a lone human figure ...

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 part ...

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 than ...

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 that ...