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Catholic Samurai and the European Landscape.

Catholic Samurai and the European Landscape.


How the arrival of Catholic samurai in Rome in 1585 and 1615 should have a relationship to my development as a landscape painter has been like a detective story without a villain. My story spans... more

Mie Prefecture... The Demon Spring

Mie Prefecture... The Demon Spring


In Mie tourist information, you will not find much about cold weather. As spring arrives, you would also think you could forget gloves and frozen fingers while sketching, and so did I. That is until... more

A sand onsen in Iwate

A sand onsen in Iwate


 A week ago some friends and I visited a sand onsen on the west of Iwate, in a town called Yuda (湯田町). I checked up the location for the route to drive there, and found... more

The smile of Spring

The smile of Spring


Spring comes to Oyama. Today is one of those days when the world seems perfect. A day when, for an instant, decay and death seem to have disappeared. Everywhere is flowers and flower buds. And... more

World Cosplay Summit

World Cosplay Summit


When Aichi was chosen to hold the 2005 World Exposition in Monaco on June 12th 1997, the then governor for Aichi Prefecture, Reiji Suzuki, announced that “It will be the culmination of efforts we make... more

Hiking in Japan: the Basics, Part One

Hiking in Japan: the Basics, Part One


My first article in these pages was in 1989, and in the eighty-plus pieces I have written on climbing Japanese mountains over the last twenty years since then, not once has it occurred to me... more

Hokkaido: camping without the mosquitoes!

Hokkaido: camping without the mosquitoes!


When I first moved to Nagoya from Canada I clearly remember thinking how exotic it was. There were palm trees in the parks. Little tiny trucks and cars buzzed around the streets. Businessmen and women... more

HOSPY - The 'ojisan' band

HOSPY - The 'ojisan' band


My name is Rohan and I am an Australian living in Japan. One of the most rewarding aspects of my life in Japan has been playing regular live shows with a Japanese band called Hospy.... more

Special Movie Screening

Special Movie Screening


Kyoto based Swiss filmmaker Roger Walch (44) will present two of his films at Nagoya’s Cinema Skhole on July 23. His new narrative TENGU (63 min) stars legendary actor/singer Mikami Kan (Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence,... more

Get Away in the Mountains of Shizuoka

Get Away in the Mountains of Shizuoka


Living in what most people would consider the ‘boonies’, it can get to you after awhile, not having anything new or interesting to do.   After all, in Tokyo one could never get bored. Between the restaurants,... more

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