The thunderous fun of Taiko drums
Vibrant and visceral, Taiko drumming is a Japanese art form that’s thrilling to watch and exciting to play. It’s a very physical form of music and also very loud. I loved my lessons with sensei Liz Walters but we had to suspend them due to Covid rules on social distancing. In this Japan Story video, I ask Liz what ignited her passion for taiko and asked her when we get back to the dojo.
Waiting for the tourist to return
In 2019, Japan was riding an unprecedented wave of tourism, with the government aiming for as many as 40 million tourists during 2020. But after strict border controls were imposed due to Covid and the Olympics were postponed, Japan’s once bustling tourist centres became ghost towns. In this video, Felicity Tillack and John Daub share their thoughts on this strange and lonely year in Japan, and what might be coming next.
TV in focus
What assumptions lie behind the way Japan is reported? In this video discussion, the chairman of the Japan Society Bill Emmott is joined by eminent correspondents from the BBC and NHK, John Simpson and Aiko Doden. The host is Duncan Bartlett, founder of Japan Story and former BBC Correspondent in Tokyo.
- The strengths and weaknesses of Yoshihide SugaWhat are prime minister Suga’s chances of success in the general election, due to be held in Japan in the autumn of 2021?
- Myanmar’s coup is a disaster for JapanThe coup in Myanmar is a huge blow to Japan, one of the main investors in the country.
- Why I won’t lash back against the Anti-Asian racistsAs anti-Asian race crime has been rising in the US, Tomoko Parry gives her reaction.
- Let’s liven up Japan’s SchoolsWriter and teacher Felicity Tillack shares her personal experience of a more active approach to learning in the classroom.
- Goodbye, Dad and thank youTomoko Parry gives a moving account of her final farewell to a parent in a faraway land.
- Making Music for My Tiger MomFierce parents want their kids to thrive but what happens when they apply too much pressure?
- How to enjoy volcanic spring baths – nature’s gift to JapanGoing to a hot spring bath, known as an onsen, can be a daunting experience at first but if you overcome your diffidence it can be a real joy.
- Tongue Fu PandaTomoko Parry explains what happens when her inner panda gets angry and overpowers her Japanese politeness.