1. Shinkokinshu: An Anthology for Our Time

    Most Japanese newspapers carry a weekly column of waka (poems in 31 syllables) and haiku (poems in 17 syllables) submitt…

  2. Showing Some Metal

    It is hard to overestimate the importance of t…

  3. Élan for Lotus 

    In Homer’s great epic the Odyssey, the eponymous h…

  4. Peak Season

    With the 2011 completion of Tokyo Sky Tree, Ja…

  5. Zen and the Art of Culinary Happiness

    Becoming a Zen monk is hardly the stuff of off…

  6. Stony Expressions

  7. Way to Go

  8. Silk Tops

  9. Fruits of Success

  10. Lacquer Respect