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  • A craft beer crawl through Tokyo’s top bars, brewpubs and dives

    In Japan, it’s still technically illegal to brew anything in your own home above 1% ABV. How the craft beer scene ever took off is a wonder, but whether budding brewers disobey the law to hone their craft or jet overseas to learn lessons in the art of beer production, who can say.

  • Before Murakami’s English release, try him in Japanese one more time

    A new Haruki Murakami novel, the first in six years, is getting its English release this autumn. Described as bewildering and moving in equal measure, “街とその不確かな壁” (Machi to Sono Futashikana Kabe, "The City and Its Uncertain Walls") is an enigma. It may be no more than a rehashing of the 1985 novella of a similar title that was later adapted into “世界の終わりとハードボイルド・ワンダーランド” (Sekai no Owari to Hādo Boirudo Wandārando, "Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World"); it may be Murakami’s pandemic-era masterpiece.

  • The unexpected ways in which Japanese words 'make it' into English

    Have you scrolled to the end of the emoji keyboard, looking for those peskily faraway hearts, and accidentally sent a mysterious “NG”? Asked a friend in Japan if they want to go out for hibachi and been met with a blank stare? As a language shifts and evolves, it’s wont to take absurd and arbitrary twists and turns. (Consider that inflammable means flammable, or that peruse means both to examine in close detail and browse superficially.) But when two languages get together, things can get extra weird.

  • Salone del Mobile’s Maria Porro: ‘Italy and Japan share many things’

    Centuries-old palazzos. Modernist villas. Intimate galleries. Wisteria-filled courtyards. Industrial warehouses. Chic showrooms. Railway arches. A 1930s lido. A vast fairground space spanning close to 210,000 square meters.

  • Kyoto’s demon night parade lives to haunt another day

    One thousand years ago, demons marched through the streets of Kyoto.

  • Minka Summit returns for third year of home design, talks and more

    In the mountainous heart of Kyoto Prefecture, the Minka Summit 2024 sets the stage for an ambitious exploration of Japan's architectural past with a keen eye on future sustainability.

  • For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on

    If you were to exit the main train station in Kotohira earlier this month, you would have been greeted by thousands of colorful nobori (banners) lining the streets that lead to the town’s famed Konpira Shrine.

  • How Gen Zers made the crossword their own

    30-Across: "___ and dry food (categories I will now be using to describe human food. Oh, so suddenly it’s weird?)”

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