In the upcoming weekend the 鈴鹿サーキット (Suzuka circuit) will host the 日本グランプリ (Japanese Formula 1 Grand Prix) yet again. As a motor-loving country, Japan has a relatively long tradition of racing, especially when compared to other Asian countries. Already in 1976 the first official Japanese F1 Grand Prix was hosted at 富士スピードウェイ(Fuji Speedway), however, after … Continue reading
It ranks among the worst single event natural disasters in world history. The death toll of the 東日本大震災 (Higashi Nihon daishinsai) on 11 March 2011 is a disturbing 15,774, with another 4,227 people still missing. Terrible damage was done to Japan’s service and transport infrastructure, when the tsunami wiped away entire towns including their medical … Continue reading
In the town of 田舎館 (Inakadate) in 青森 (Aomori) prefecture, locals annually create immense works of art in a rice field. In 2007 they managed to reproduce two of the most famous woodblock prints of 北斎 (Hokusai) by planting a different variety of rice plants in between their normal 津軽ロマン (tsugaru-roman) variety. Just take a … Continue reading
In Japan it is hard to imagine not having brought a visit to the wondrous world of 宮崎駿 (Miyazaki Hayao) during your childhood–or even your adolescence and adulthood for that matter. Miyazaki perhaps is Japan’s most renowned script writer, most blessed creative mind and most praised director. He stands at the head of Studio Ghibli, … Continue reading
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