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Discover Japanese Arts and the People Who Make Them

Japan is home to numerous passionate artists. Some express themselves through traditional painting, calligraphy, traditional dances, or music, while others do it through modern means like animation or modern theater.  Read our interviews of inspiring artists in Japan: their personal connection to their art, their place in Japanese society, and the messages they want to…

Japan Money Matters

This time the Kokoro Media team shares their experiences with money in Japan! We talk about the cost of living, how to save money, and the differences between our spending habits in Japan and in other countries. Participants for this edition are: – Ayane (Japan) – Anthony (USA) – Amelie (France)

Tsukimi, the “Moon-Viewing” Celebration

Praying to the Harvest Moon As it is often depicted in Japanese pop culture, manga, anime, or video games, you may have already heard about ”tsukimi,” or more formally “otsukimi,” literally “moon viewing.”  It is the most emblematic celebration in autumn, and shops often have decorations or sell items bearing the moon, rice cakes, or rabbits (more about this…

Bouncing Forward: Helping Japan’s Fishing Industry after the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami

Takashi Suzuki is an assistant professor at Kagoshima University and a former project researcher at the University of Tokyo. Now a specialist in marine life and fisheries, he was a student on the Iwate Prefecture campus of Kitasato University student when the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake happened. Since then, he has been devoting his studies and activities to…

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