Gunnai Textile A Wonderful Kimono Textile Production Area

By Saneyuki Owada History of Gunnai Textile How do they become an all-around ability textile maker? Gunnai area is located in the eastern part of Yamanashi prefecture, at the foot of Mt. Fuji. This area used to flourish as a traditional silk fabricator from the early part of the Edo era (1603-1868). During the Edo […]

An Interview with Nagisa Isogai – Talented Up and Coming Film Director

Interview and photos by Mike Sullivan. Is Lust of Angels your first movie? I heard about another movie called My Baby? Yes, My Baby was my first movie and Lust of Angels is my second movie. I understand that you wrote the screenplays for both of your movies, could you tell us a bit about […]

Interview with Yuriri Naka – Konnichiwa Brick Lane Actress

By Mike Sullivan Please introduce yourself and your background. Where in Japan is your family originally from? I was born and grew up in Tokyo. After graduating from high school in Tokyo, I moved to the UK to study drama and pursue my career as an actress. Last year you starred in the feature movie […]

Kanda Festival and Sanno Festival Tokyo

By Mike Sullivan. The Kanda Festival, or Kanda Matsuri, is a very famous event which takes place in mid May in odd numbered years, for example as this year is 2014 it will not be possible to see it, but next year in 2015 the main festival will take place. It first started in the […]

Interview with Nao Fukumoto O’Neill – Textile Artisan who Studied at the Okinawan Art and Design University

By Mike Sullivan Please introduce yourself and your background. I was born in Japan and went to study weaving at the Okinawan prefecture of Art and Design University where I graduated with a MA in woven textile in 2006. As part of the course I was given the chance to study textiles in Britain for […]

Showing Respect at Shrines and Temples

By Christina King. During my time living in Japan, I’ve found that many people coming to this country want to act in a respectful manner when they visit, but that they don’t really know where to start. It’s understandable! What is completely acceptable in one country can be quite rude in another, and when you […]

Samurai – Japanese Warriors and Gentlemen

By Mike Sullivan Perhaps one of the most famous people of Japan, and whom foreigners always think of when they think about Japan, are the samurai. Although clearly they no longer exist today in the same way that people think of them, i.e. men with topknots wearing traditional Japanese clothes cutting down anyone who challenges […]

Interview with Mayu Ueno – Textile Artisan in Fukuoka

By Mike Sullivan (translation by Saneyuki Owada and Mike Sullivan) Please note that an obi is the sash which is wrapped around the waist when wearing a kimono. Hakata Ori is a weaving technique with a history spanning over 700 years in Japan. Please introduce yourself and your background. I make Hakata Ori (Hakata folk […]

Interview with Yuki Kobayashi – Textile Designer and Artisan from Shizuoka Prefecture

Interview and translation by Mike Sullivan Please introduce yourself and your background. My name is Yuki Kobayashi and my profession is dyeing and weaving. In my family there are many people who work in the business of the arts and crafts; due to these circumstances I had many chances to touch the world of patterns […]

Kimono – Traditional Japanese Clothing

By Ramata Cisse In a previous article I wrote about a part of the Kimono known as Obi, the sash used to tie a kimono. In that article I discussed the different kinds of Obi that exist, their history and the way they are tied as well as what that meant in terms of meaning […]

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at the magazine, we only set up our magazine a short while ago and it has been an amazing experience until now. As such we really hope all of our readers have enjoyed reading our […]

New Year’s in Japan

New Year’s in Japan. By Saneyuki Owada It is almost the New Year season. Have you enjoyed your Christmas? In Japan, 31st of December and New Year’s day are the most important days for Japanese people. It is quite a contrast to Western countries, I have heard Christmas is the most important event for Western […]

Interview with Actress Haruka Abe – 47 Ronin and Japanese Culture

By Mike Sullivan Haruka Abe is a very talented and upcoming actress who is originally from Tokyo and currently based in London. For our last interview of the year, and as something a little bit more special as it is Christmas and her latest movie 47 Ronin is coming out, we had the chance to […]

Obi – Traditional Japanese Clothing

By Ramata Cisse While in Nara this summer, my friend and I stopped by an art museum that featured wood block paintings, but also traditional Japanese clothing from over 100 years ago. Of course each an every one of these were absolutely exquisite, but what caught my attention was when my friend pointed out one […]