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Tokyo Art & Culture Guide (Museums, Galleries, and More…)

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Top 3 LGBTQ-friendly Places to Visit in Japan

Top 3 LGBTQ-friendly places to visit in Japan It’s no secret that Japan is far behind other developed countries when it comes to LGBTQ rights. While some local governments issue same-sex union certificates, gay marriage still isn’t recognized by the Japanese government, and the Supreme Court recently ruled that transgendered people must...

Visit The Tale of Genji Art Exhibit at The Met

What is The Tale of Genji? The Tale of Genji, a Japanese story written in the 11th century, is important for several reasons: it’s thought to be the world’s first true ‘novel’, it’s an historically vital peek into the world of Japanese aristocracy during the Heian period, and most importantly it was written by a woman, the lady-in...

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Review: Lanny by Max Porter

Lanny by Max Porter  “Dead Papa Toothwort wakes from his standing nap an acre wide and scrapes off dream dregs of bitumen glistening thick with liquid globs of litter.” The most extraordinary thing about Lanny is just how ordinary it is, even as it presents us with the story of a folk creature made of moss and dirt coming to life and...

Tokyo Ueno Station

Review: Tokyo Ueno Station by Yu Miri

Written by Yu Miri | Translated by Morgan Giles Here is a Japanese novel about social outcasts and the struggling and underappreciated working class, written by a social outcast, and translated by a proud socialist. Tokyo Ueno Station provides a harsh and honest look at the ways in which twentieth-century Japan has treated its people. Yu...