Black History in Japan: Did You Know?

daimyo and retainer

Ever since the American media played up derogatory remarks on African Americans by Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party politicians in the 1980s, the public seems to refuse to think any further, but take it for…

Enso, A Brian Parker Film, Tokyo, Japan

Brian Parker Film

Here is the latest from Brian Parker Film, “Enso,” the second film in the Tokyo Trilogy project. Parker writes: The term Ensō originates from the Zen Buddhist concept of a moment when the mind is free…

Thoughts on Blackface in Japan

Zurui

Jirro707 sent a reply to a query posed by Baye McNeil (Loco in Yokohama) in response to a recent Japan Times article, Time to shut down this modern-day minstrel show, that addresses a planned…

My mother is your mother too.

My Mother is Your Mother Too!

This is the image I think about whenever people start talking about segregation and apartheid. When people like Ayako Sano spout nonsensical ideas like “aparthied is a good thing“, from yesteryear. When I hear stupid…

Black Tokyo Monogatari: Stereotypical Black Women in Japan

With the latest “look at me, I’m in blackface” misunderstanding” or as I like to call it “Black Ships and Blackface, How Perry Opened Japan to the West,” and yet another prominent columnist praising…