HW Pick: Yasuke, The African Samurai, 1500’s

Yasuke (variously rendered as 弥助 or 弥介, 彌助 or 彌介 in different sources.) was a retainer of African origin who served under the Sengoku Period Japanese daimyō Oda Nobunaga. Continue Reading →

Eiko Otake Honors Fukushima Years After Nuclear Disaster At St. John The Divine In Harlem

Eight years after a massive nuclear accident devastated the Japanese city of Fukushima, acclaimed dancer and movement artist Eiko Otake, Artist in Residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Continue Reading →

Japanese Handcrafted Cedar Tray

The Kurikyu tray for soba noodles is what you need to enjoy Japanese cold noodles the same way as in a high end soba restaurant. Continue Reading →

Suwada, The Best Hand Made Clippers In The World

Suwada is a gem that stuck to thoroughly skilled hand made finished surface that has a hairline sleek satin finish dating back to 1926, in Sanjo, Nigata prefeture, famous as a city of cutlery like Seki city in Japan.  Continue Reading →

Strong Minimal H&M Studio S/S 2018 Show Paris Fashion Week (Video)

For the event, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs was transformed into a modern vision of the archetypal Japanese interior complete with iconic tatami mats and statement-making ikebana compositions. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Jokichi Takamine, First Biotech Engineer, Adrenaline And Nippon Club Founder

Jōkichi Takamine (高峰 譲吉 Takamine Jōkichi, November 3, 1854 – July 22, 1922) was a Japanese chemist. Takamine was born in Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture, in November 1854. His father was a doctor; his mother a member of a family of sake brewers. Continue Reading →

HW Pick: Toshiro Mifune, The John Shaft Of Japanese Film

toshiro-mifune-600x377Nearly 20 years after his death, like John Shaft in Harlem, Toshiro Mifune remains a true giant of sexploitive, aggressive, and macho world cinema. Continue Reading →

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