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Sailing to Japan: Zurui Interviews Fuu

Zurui interviews Fuu (Kaze) about his heartstopping voyage from Alameda, California, USA to Osaka, Japan via boat. The two discuss life in Osaka, Kansai versus Kanto, likes and dislikes, and how to survive in Japan. Zurui also asks Fuu the Million Yen Question: What worry does not exist for Blacks in Japan? About Fuu: Certified… Keep Reading

Find Your Bliss in Tokyo

In Finding Your Bliss in Tokyo, Jason Gatewood writes: Tokyo is often called the world’s most densely populated megacity and with good reason. Roughly 30 million people—10 percent of Japan’s total population—live in the 60-kilometer radius around Greater Tokyo. With so many people living in such close quarters, you’d think there would be little opportunity… Keep Reading

Enso, A Brian Parker Film, Tokyo, Japan

Here is the latest from Brian Parker Film, "Enso," the second film in the Tokyo Trilogy project. The term Ensō originates from the Zen Buddhist concept of a moment when the mind is free to let the body create. Keep Reading

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Kunoichi

Everyone is probably familiar with the word ninja but not many have heard of kunoichi, the female ninja. The term is thought to derive from the names of characters that resemble the three strokes in the kanji character for woman (女, onna); said in the order they are written: ku (く) – no (ノ) –ichi (一). Zen offers something he learned about kunoichi in Japan. I… Keep Reading

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Grits-n-Sushi

The Black Tokyo Moderator, Zen, recently turned me on to a blog called Grits-n-Sushi. The Uchinanchu (Okinawan) blogger and UC Berkeley graduate student Mitzi Uehara Carter, Mit-chan, as her friends call her, is of Okinawan (Japanese) African-American ancestry. Mit-chan has some very interesting views (and questions) on race and identity. For example, her observation of a New York Times article… Keep Reading

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Home by Tomoyuki Sakaguchi

I found this slide show on Black Otaku (it’s not what you think). I think I will purchase his book for a glimpse into a potential future neighborhood: “I stumbled on a online gold mine. A talented guy named Tomoyuki Sakaguchi took some amazing photographs of his neighborhood. In his new photo book entitled Home,… Keep Reading

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