Topic: Japan


Japan is often viewed as a collector’s item. We all want it to be the geisha, the pristine temple, the Hello Kitty, the samurai warrior, but in actuality it is a living breathing entity beyond cultural assumptions. It is a place where lives have been cut short and life goes on. My Japan is my brother and his wife, and their rice crackers that make me swoon. Yes, rice crackers can make you swoon. Hand toasted, packaged and made with care, even the Prime Minister of Japan enjoys them. Send your short prose, fiction, poetry, music and visuals to share your Japan.

Chain reaction

Oct 17, 2011 | 12:23am  

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A Day`s News

Aug 30, 2011 | 08:15pm  

Some time ago I was browsing through my bookshelf to find something to read on my way to the office. I picked a book that I borrowed from my parents years ago. It`s a title by Christa Wolf, a famous german writer; “Accident: A Day`s News”. The title didn`t ring a bell so I just grabbed it and put it in my bag.

When I started reading on the train I was immediately sucked into the flow of the narrator’s stream of thoughts. [view more]

Japanese Wisdom

Aug 25, 2011 | 09:58am  

I was raised with a Japanese grandmother, Akiko. Though not my actual grandmother, she still felt closer to me than my maternal one. I felt a spiritual linkage with her that I never had with my New Zealand grandmother. I loved both dearly but felt calmer and more supported by Akiko. [read more]

Mai & Roy

Aug 18, 2011 | 03:57pm  

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BUSHIDO – Part I

Aug 11, 2011 | 05:55pm  

AUGUST, 1995

Steve and I were a little drunk and the late morning, Hawaiian sun was promising fierce judgment. Kalakaua Avenue was lightly trodden for a Tuesday morning, mostly Japanese tourists, since it was cheaper for them to fly to Hawaii for events like weddings and parties than it was to host them in Japan, because of the price of real estate apparently. [read more]