Getting to know Zen and zazen: making time for self-discovery
Is it true that Japanese dog breeds are genetically closer to the wolf than any other breeds? Manabi Japan visited Azabu University’s Professor Takefumi Kikusui to unravel the mystery surrounding the origin of Japan’s iconic canines.
The Storytellers of Tōno. Bringing the Renowned Tōno Monogatari Folktales to Life.
The world of yōkai, a culture that has continued uninterrupted since the Edo Period. Leading Yōkai authority and collector, Yumoto Kōichi, talks about the fascinating world of yōkai and his vision for the newly-opened yōkai museum in Miyoshi.
Thoughts on the Arts. A Conversation with Living National Treasure, Bandō Tamasaburō.
English rakugo artist, Diane Kichijitsu. Inspired to share her love and knowledge of Japanese tradition and culture with a worldwide audience.
Manga artist, Machiko Satonaka, speaks of the things she cherishes about Japan.
The time of the Man’yōshū, when a freedom of expression and a distinctive Japanese culture began to emerge.
Newly Registered UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of the World Japan’s “Raihō-shin: Ritual Visits of Deities in Masks and Costumes”
Interview: Noritake Satō, expert urushi lacquer craftsman leading restoration work at UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nikkō Shrines and Temples.
The Shikoku Pilgrimage and its 88 Sacred Sites. The global appeal of the ‘Shikoku Henro’.
Art and Design
The Japanese House: The Basic Elements of Traditional Japanese Residential Architecture.
A Fondness for Flowers – Enjoying Japan’s Flowers through the Seasons. Part 1: Ume – The Japanese Plum.
Welcome to the World of Yōkai. The Yumoto Kōichi Collection Part 1: Night Parade of One Hundred Demons
A Fondness for Flowers – Enjoying Japan’s Flowers through the Seasons. Part 2: Daffodil, Butterbur, Wintersweet, Daphne, Rapeseed.