the prefecture that I call home in Japan is famous for this tasty orange treat, the mikan. Throughout the winter, I am given bag after bag of mikan from my neighbors, friends, or the random old man promoting international friendship on a street corner. At least I will never have to worry about a vitamin C deficiency.
The Winds of Change February 28th 2008 The Japanese tend to have a strong affinity with wind. It is a word that is constantly mentioned throughout their literature, song, art and language, and in the spring, this is especially so. As the seasons begin to change giant gusts of wind thunder throughout all reaches of this country. They are known as “haru kaze”, or spring wind, and as the name suggests, it marks the coming of the sprin ... read more
Asia » Japan » Ehime In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For 250 years this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture. Fol... ... read more