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Shakespeare’s Homes to be Recreated in … China?

No need to travel to England to see Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Shakespeare’s New Place as the two homes will be recreated in the People’s Republic of China. Under an exclusive cooperation agreement signed today, 28 September, by the [...]

Over 85% say Japan at Risk of Going to War Again

Only 10.7 percent of the respondents said they saw little or no risk of Japan being involved in war. KYODO – The results of a government survey released Saturday showed 85.5 percent of Japanese polled think Japan is at risk of getting involved [...]

How Killer Rice Crippled Tokyo and the Japanese Navy

One stubborn doctor pioneered a cure. Anne Ewbank writes: In 1877, Japan’s Meiji Emperor watched his aunt, the princess Kazu, die of a common malady: kakke. If her condition was typical, her legs would have swollen, and her speech slowed. Numbness [...]

On the Adulteration of Japan’s Oldest Religion

Michael Hoffman writes: Primitive Shinto is one of the loveliest religions in the world. It’s beautiful in its simplicity — defenseless too, as it proved, against the nativists and nationalists who warped it into 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century [...]

Record of ‘Japanese Slave’ Found in Spain

The will of a Japanese man who went overseas as a slave on the same boat as the 16th-century Tensho Embassy to Europe (see below) has been found in Spain. Lucio de Sousa, a specially appointed associate professor of Age of Discovery history at the [...]

Tokyo Cruise Offers a Step Back in Time

Yoshiaki Miura reports: A new Tokyo Bay samurai-themed cruise ship fashioned after those used by feudal lords back in the Edo Period (1603-1868) promises tourists visiting the nation’s capital an interesting contrast between modernity and [...]

An Order From the Chinese Emperor: Find Immortality

Beijing (AFP) – New archeological research has shed fresh light on China’s first emperor — creator of the world-famous terracotta army — and his quest for eternal life, state media reported. A set of wooden slips found in the [...]

Japan’s first Christmas

The first Noel, the Jesuits in Yamaguchi did say, was a 16th-century celebration in a converted Buddhist temple with midnight hymns. Joji Sakurai writes: In a letter home to Portuguese brethren, Jesuit missionary Pedro de Alcacova writes of [...]