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Book Review: Unbeaten Tracks In Japan By Isabella Bird

January 2, 2018 Leave a comment

A remarkable contribution to the world of explorative literature of early modern Japan!

isabella_bird_unbeaten_tracks_book_An interesting and charming read though interspersed throughout with comments, occasionally outrageous (e.g. ‘The Japanese have a perfect passion for children, but it is not good for European children to be much with them, as they corrupt their morals, and teach them to tell lies’), that illustrate stereotypical Victorian based attitudes and prejudicial perceptions towards the Japanese in a relatively undiscovered (at the time) country. Isabella Bird frequently exhibits a patronising pseudo-proselytising attitude towards the lower classes, cites their ‘national defects of concave chest and bow legs’, and refers to them as Read more…

Marimo Magic – Little Green Fabulousness

February 17, 2015 3 comments

If you take good care of your Marimo, it will make your wishes come true! Morimo - Love MossWe all know that Japan has a love for strange and wonderful things we would usually never get to see in the West. But did you ever hear about Marimos? A Marimo, Aegagropila linnaei or 毬藻, is an algae (moss) that has the shape of a ball. They are native to lakes in Iceland, Scotland, Estonia, Australia and, of course, Japan. There, they are to be found in the lake Akan-ko in Hokkaido. The people who live around the lake call the Marimos ‘Torasanpe’ which means ‘lake monster/goblin’ and they hold an annual Marimo festival from Read more…

Clint Eastwood Gives Blessing For Japanese Remake Of Unforgiven Starring Ken Watanabe

August 20, 2012 3 comments

From a western to a samurai epic!

Warner Brothers Japan has announced it will remake Clint Eastwood western Unforgiven as a samurai epic with internationally renowned actor Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai, Memoirs of a Geisha) as the leading star and Lee Sang-il (Villain) at the helm as director. The film will be set in 1880 on the northern island of Hokkaido after the fall of the Tokugawa Shōgunate.

Watanabe will take on the Eastwood role as a samurai living in Read more…

Why Volunteer Abroad Programs In Japan Can Change Lives Forever

August 6, 2012 11 comments

Experience a working holiday in Japan!

After the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami, Japan remains a country that welcomes anyone wishing to get involved in volunteer work there. With the added bonus of learning more on the fascinating Japanese culture and way of life, working there can be a life-changing Read more…