Understanding Japan

Near and far, familiar and unknown

Too often, the Japan is considered impermeable, mysterious ... Not really. Understanding Japan is to understand the country, its people, arts and beliefs. Bliss.

Understanding Japan

Kenzo Tange, the influential Japanese architect who shaped modern architecture

Kenzo Tange (丹下 健三) is widely considered one of the most influential and honored Japanese architects of the 20th century.

Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy in Japanese Buddhism

Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy, is one of the most beloved and widely venerated deities in Japanese Buddhism.

Understanding and attending a Japanese funeral

Funerals are an unfortunate but inevitable part of life, and this holds true in Japan as well.

Ofuro: the traditional Japanese bath for health and well-being

Ofuro, also known as furo or Japanese bath, is an ancestral ritual of Japanese culture. Much more than a simple bath, it's a moment of relaxation and well-being with numerous health benefits.