The most successful works remain true to both the author's time abroad and to Japan itself.
For Amy Chavez's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
As Japan continues to court more foreign tourists, the nation must learn to respect foreign languages as much as its own.
Build a stone museum and they will come? That's the idea behind the K's Labo museum on Kitagi Island in Okayama Prefecture.
Onerous licensing process for private lodging won't stop bad operators, but it will put off honest would-be entrepreneurs.
While big-ticket tourism projects in Japan thrive, those involved in smaller-scale projects can feel starved of government support.
The city of Chichibu, about 90 minutes by train from Ikebukuro, Tokyo, has a population of approximately 60,000. The region, which sits in the shadow of Mount Buko and alongside the Arakawa river is steeped in tradition with more than 300 festivals taking place ...
Emily Bronte's only novel, "Wuthering Heights," set in the moors of Yorkshire in the late 18th century, has long held a special place in Japanese hearts.
Attending the Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea reminded me of what Japan still needs to do as it gears up to host one of the world's most prominent sports events.
The 250 or so inhabited islands scattered like pebbles between Honshu and Shikoku have been unfairly relegated to guidebook sidebars labeled "Off the beaten track."
History and spirituality abound on the trail from Kibune to Kurama.