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Disaster Information


 Disaster Information in Multiple Languages  To those who are suffering from the disaster that hit and has still been hitting Tohoku and Kanto area: our thoughts and prayers are with you and all those affected by... more

The Otokichi Saga - A Postscript

The Otokichi Saga - A Postscript


The previous two issues of Avenues presented a two-part article on the life of Otokichi Yamamoto, an Edo-period mariner (b.1817) from Onoura, in Mihama-cho on the Chita Peninsula south of Nagoya. Miraculously surviving a coastal... more

Rokkaen: an architectural oddity

Rokkaen: an architectural oddity


Fifteen miles southwest of Nagoya, in Kuwana, Mie Prefecture, is a beautiful but strange building called the Rokkaen. Built in 1913 for what was Japan’s largest landowner, it is designated an Important Cultural Property of... more

Onogi Temple Tour

Onogi Temple Tour


Awaken your imagination and ignite your sense of history. Take a self-guided walking (or pedaling) tour through Nishi Ward, north of Nagoya center. Explore a richly woven tapestry of historic and spiritual threads hiding beyond... more

Woodblock prints: Mie

Woodblock prints: Mie


In previous editions I covered my woodblock art in connection with Gifu Prefecture, and we now move to another neighbor of Aichi, the probably lesser-known Mie. The architecture and the region itself are, in many... more

Losing Kei and other books

Losing Kei and other books


Originally from a small American town on Lake Michigan, Suzanne Kamata now resides in Tokushima prefecture and in January had her first fiction novel published. Losing Kel (Leapfrog Press, paperback, 196 pages, $14.95) was originally... more

The Japanese gate

The Japanese gate


A gate has inherent meaning; keep out, keep in. Here in Japan even the most modest of houses bear gates. They range from elaborate to austere, but to my eye most have been wrought formidably.... more

Otokichii - Part 2


Part one of this remarkable tale (Autumn ‘07) ended with the 14 year-old Otokichi (Yamamoto), his elder brother and thirteen other crew members aboard the coastal trading vessel Hojunmaru, rudderless, without mast or sail, and... more

Table for Two: Feeding the world


It is not often that one hears of a Japanese initiative with the potential to have vast global effect; however, the recently born Table For Two Project promises to do just that. Originating from a... more

Woodblock printing: Shirakawa

Woodblock printing: Shirakawa


It took years to create the fourth print for the Shirakawa set. Not because it was complex work but because I couldn’t make a winter sketching trip; there’s no railway station and it was once... more

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