No.66 [POPULAR CULTURE] Could do better

© amasE shiori / Kodansha   Although featured in many works, rugby football has never reached the same level of recognition as other sports. Rugby was introduced in Japan in the 1890s, when the country was going through a protracted period of cultural and technological change that included spo[...]

No.66 [REPORT] The oval ball as a cure

Benjamin Parks for Zoom Japan   A victim of the 2011 tsunami, Kamaishi turned to its tradition of rugby playing to help its recovery. Most people who come to Kamaishi by train do the last leg of their journey on the lovely Kamaishi Line, a 90 km railway which meanders through deep valleys thick[...]

No.66 [ENCOUNTER] A rapidly evolving game

Benjamin Parks for Zoom Japan   A keen observer of rugby, the editorin- chief of Rugby Magazine shares his analysis of the Japanese game. The Japanese rugby movement has a nominal base of about 120,000 players – not only lower than traditional world powers such as England, France and South Af[...]

No.66 [FOCUS] Japan, home of rugby

© British library Rugby is not new to the archipelago. The 2019 World Cup will open a new chapter. In less than a year’s time, Japan will host the Rugby World Cup for the first time in its history. The event is of paramount importance for the authorities as it will be a kind of dry run for the To[...]

No65 [STRATEGY] Sake, an influential factor

After manga, animation and cuisine, sake is an essential element of Japanese soft power. Since the end of the Cold War at the turn of the 1990s, Japan has been searching for its place in the world. After living in the shadow of the United States, which had assured its security and allowed it to deve[...]

No65 [FOCUS] Japan according to Takahashi Gen’ichiro

The writer, who is considered to be one of the finest novelists in the archipelago, shared his thoughts with us. Takahashi Gen’Ichiro is one of the most important all-round Japanese writers of the last 40 years, and one of the pioneers of the post-modern novel in this country. From fiction to essa[...]

No64 [TASTE] Drinking is quite an art

To enjoy all of sake’s subtleties, the drinking vessel must be chosen with care. Here’s some advice. The taste of sake changes according to the drinking vessel used.   T hose who have already visited Japan must have sometimes seen something odd in izakaya (Japanese-style pub): letting clien[...]

No64 [TREND] Mrs Imada is the master brewer

Like Imada Miho, more and more women are starting to work in the production of the drink of the gods. Some of the treasures from the Imada brewery, founded exactly 150 years ago.   Japan has always known how to safeguard its traditions, which have endured for centuries but which also have their[...]

No64 [FOCUS] Kenbishi, the soul of sake

As one of the oldest breweries in the archipelago, it endeavours to preserve traditional methods of production. The celebrated logo of the Kenbishi brewery, founded in 1505.   Kenbishi is more than just the name of a sake brewery. Founded in 1505, it’s historically one of the oldest and best [...]

No63 [NEWS] Japonisme in the 21st century

The work of Yoshida Kimiko is representative of the multitude of connections between Japan and France. The Cherry Blossom Bride. Self-portrait, 2006   2018 marks the 160th anniversary of Franco-Japanese diplomatic relations with an event entitled Japonismes, and the opportunity to take a new lo[...]