The ‘way of tea’ is a ritual experience that embodies the natural world with all its imperfections.

A Shared Culture

How a German colony laid the groundwork for the alliance between Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan.

Uncomfortable History

Japan’s responsibility for ‘comfort women’ is avoided by the state and written out of national histories. Activists are working to make Japan confront its past.

Why Japan Stopped Fighting

After a disastrous Second World War, Japan abolished its armed forces and embraced pacifism. With renewed tensions in East Asia, can it last?

The Rise of Japan

When it comes to rapid world-changing events, the Meiji Restoration has few equals.

The Map: Kyoto, c.1626

A map of the Japanese city from the Edo period was one of the earliest produced for general use.