Everyday objects: Kabi-Killer

Masks are the product of a fundamental Japanese value: being polite. Spreading one’s germs is not only unhygienic, but also an invasion of personal space. Fear of being a nuisance…


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Monks and Brothels

A number of years ago, I found myself celebrating Christmas in the depths of Kyoto’s red-light district. The club was a time capsule of the bright and brash 1980s, albeit…


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The joys of sublety

For us, the yuzu is everything we love about Japan. Tangy yet mellow, the yuzu’s subtlety and nuance are a revelation: when you first taste it, it is both oddly familiar and yet…


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One-stop persona

Standing before the magazine rack of a kombini , anyone would marvel at the sheer number of titles catering to every interest. Some, like Classy, have hundreds of thousands of…


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Everyday objects: Face Masks

Masks are the product of a fundamental Japanese value: being polite. Spreading one’s germs is not only unhygienic, but also an invasion of personal space. Fear of being a nuisance…


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