The Brave Blossoms: How Japan is Coming Together during the Rugby World Cup Anna Wilmot, Foreign Correspondent in Japan, gives an insight into the Rugby World Cup-fever across the country and how this event has brought Japanese people together. The Rugby World Cup has brought Japan to a fever-pitch of excitement, and the sport is […]
Overcoming Typhoon Hagibis through a Festival? Foreign Correspondent in Japan, Hannah Daniels, decodes Japanese resilience by looking at the Bakeneko Festival – held in the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis. Typhoon Hagibis, meaning “speed” in the Philippine language Tagalog, barrelled towards Tokyo on the evening of Saturday October 12th, stirring winds of up to 180km per […]
Naruhito’s Enthronement and the Question of Imperial Divinity Will Goddard takes a deeper look at Naruhito’s recent enthronement and its potentially troublesome correlations with imperial divinity. It was this very divinity that the Allies sought to dismantle after the Second World War. After Japan’s unconditional surrender in August of 1945, following the atomic bombings of […]
Our new Formula 1 writer Sarah Yip reviews the Japanese Grand Prix, giving unique insights into the mechanics and politics of the sport.
Nick Powell, Print Sport Editor, reviews the third week of the Rugby World Cup. A hectic week of World Cup Rugby brought us closer to discovering who the last eight will be, whilst producing more drama as the group stage reached its climax. It wasn’t drama everywhere, with New Zealand winning by 63 then 62 […]
Foreign Correspondent in Japan, Will Goddard, explores the Japanese Criminal Justice system. He poses that the close relationship between convenience and justice could have damaging consequences.
A new era is about to dawn in Japan. Suffering from ill health, the elderly Emperor Akihito will abdicate the Chrysanthemum Throne in favour of his son, Crown Prince Naruhito, on the thirtieth of April this year. His reign, alongside Crown Princess Masako, will mark the beginning of the ‘Reiwa’ era, as announced on the […]
The craftsman washes the clay from his hands. He boils some water for tea, and reaching for a teacup knocks it off the shelf. It smashes on the floor. He cradles the broken pieces, and carefully puts them back together again with gold lacquer. He holds it up to the sun. Where there were once […]
Shakespeare’s celebrated play of ambition, the supernatural, and a mad tyrant, iconically set in the scenic highlands of Scotland during the Middle Ages, is taken to Japan and transformed into an extraordinary cross-cultural adaptation by the late director Yukio Ninagawa. First performed at the Edinburgh International Festival in 1985, the play gave Ninagawa his name […]
Last June I filled my suitcase with a summer’s worth of denim shorts and sun-cream, bid a heartfelt farewell to my savings and hopped on a plane to Asia. There are hundreds of Exeter students who jet off on their year abroad, yet few seem to have heard of the summer programme opportunities – which […]