Ninjas hiding on rooftops in a village

Imposing figures in black, hiding in the shadows, and moving about with almost superhuman agility seem like nothing but cool stories told to tourists...

"There he is, I see him!" a nameless voice rings out through the frigid air. "He's coming this way" shouts another. Something is making...
Frontside of the X-Pro2 Camera

If you're even just a little into photography, you've surely heard of Fujifilm, purveyors of some of the best Photographic Film available, and a...

It was my first Valentine's day as a married man. I had only been in the country for a few months, and was unfamiliar...

The Abe administration's new, somewhat Orwellian personal tax ID system (税番号制度)dubbed "My number," has drawn heavy criticism not only from opposing parties, but even...

The beans have been swept off the floor, and the oni masks have been stored away until next year. The Japanese holiday of Setsubun,...
man crossing his fingers

Do you have a fear of black cats? Always worried to walk under a ladder? Do you cringe if you break a mirror?.  If...

Shigeru Mizuki is a name that nearly all Japanese people recognize immediately. There are streets named after him and trains decorated in his honor,...
Japanese Bonsai bathed in Sunlight

Well, it's finally officially 2016 - The year of the Monkey. As we are already into the 2nd week of the new year, I hope...

As we are enjoying the last remaining days of 2015, reminiscing, and looking forward to 2016, many people are eagerly anticipating the opportunity to...