Jumping for joy
Mayumi Hirata’s pictures capture the energy of Japanese people who live abroad.
- Japan’s “invisible” navyThe naval section of Japan’s Self Defence Force is better resourced than that of many other countries. How does it compare to the navy of the People’s Republic of China?
- Britain’s historic post-Brexit trade pact with JapanScottish shortbread’s been popular in Japan for forty years. The UK government hopes a new trade deal will smooth the way for other exporters.
- Getting Drunk With Hello KittyJapanese women are supposed to like cute drinks but some ladies prefer beer.
- Karaoke Madness! When hard pressed workers need a breakForeigners often think Japanese are perennially polite, especially at work. But some staff risk being cheeky to their superiors when they go out.
- Perfectly convenient: In praise of small shopsJapan’s thousands of convenience stores are sometimes taken for granted by locals but David Tonge loves them.
- Will praying prevent another Hiroshima?Peace is a theme of all religions. But does prayer help achieve it?
- The pop star with an identity crisisRina Sawayama was born in Japan but lives in the UK. She therefore wants a British prize for singing.
- Save the urban gardensFor a country which purports to love nature, there’s some rough treatment of plants in Japan’s cities.