In Miyagi, There’s a Village Where You can Feed, Touch Fluffy Foxes

  Here’s our latest from Local Topics Japan, a website that introduces foreign audiences to parks, shrines, and other places in Japan where visitors can recharge on positive energy – what the locals aptly call “power spots.”   This clip features the unique, privately-owned fox park in Miyagi prefecture, some 350km (220 miles) northeast of Tokyo. […]

The 26th Annual Grand Prize for the Global Environment Awards

With the goal of uniting industry, technological innovation, and the environment, the 26th annual Grand Prize for the Global Environment Awards, sponsored by Fujisankei Communications Group (FCG), recognized enterprises and organizations for their work on global warming or conservation. The ceremony, attended by Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino, was held on April 10 […]

The “Fifth Flavor” Comes Home: Umami Finds New Roles in Modern Japanese Cuisine

Umami or “savory,” is one of the five basic tastes alongside sweet, salty, sour, and bitter. As its Japanese name suggests, umami was discovered in Japan but recently the word has been increasingly appearing on menus overseas. As Japanese cuisine undergoes a revival in popularity as people become more conscious of the relative healthfulness of […]

‘Like digging treasures’: High School Girl Shares the Joys of Clam Gathering in Tokyo Bay

    In Japan, clam gathering is one of the most famous outdoor leisure activities. From spring to summer, families, friends, and couples enjoy gathering a wide variety of clams. This activity, called shiohigari, started in the Heian period, more than a thousand years ago.   The location we used for clam gathering was the […]

When Life Imitates Art: Trump’s Presidency and the Newfound Popularity of Dystopian Fiction

Dystopian fictions from half a century ago, such as English author George Orwell’s 1984 or Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, have lately come back under the spotlight and their sales have increased considerably since the U.S. President Donald Trump took office. In Japan, America no kabe (America’s Wall) by sci-fi writer Sakyo Komatsu, is attracting attention.    1984 […]

A Thousand Gates to Better Luck: ‘The Senbon Torii’ in Tokyo’s Nezu Shrine

‘The Senbon Torii’ in Nezu shrine – Local Topics Japan is a website dedicated to introducing to foreign audiences the places, parks, shrines and venues in Japan where visitors can recharge on positive energy. Believe it or not, the people of Japan have coined a phrase for positive-energy hotspots: “Power Spots”. Those who want to […]

The Spring Sumo Tournament Concludes with an Epic Finish

This year’s spring sumo tournament—the national sport of Japan—was held in Osaka and concluded on March 26, where Kisenosato pulled off a miraculous come-from-behind victory which was greeted enthusiastically by Japanese sumo fans.   Kisenosato was suffering from what appeared to be an excruciatingly painful injury, and it was expected that he would withdraw from […]