The Survivors of Mt. Obasute - A Love Story

The Survivors of Mt. Obasute – A Love Story

By Larry Knipfing | Education, General, Japan, Writing

    The Ballad of Narayama If you’ve ever seen Shohei Imamura’s 1983′s stunning, The Ballad of Narayama, you will have an inkling (but only an inkling) of what my similarly themed, The Survivors of Mt. Obasute, is all about. Whereas Imamura’s tale takes place 200 or so years ago, my version of the practice

Koshien Heroes - High School Baseball in Japan

Koshien Heroes – High School Baseball in Japan

By Larry Knipfing | Fun &..., Japan, Writing

Oh, the joy of baseball in summer, and especially, the joy of baseball THAT summer!   What dreams are made of One thing Japan has right, almost above and beyond anything else in this fine country is the twice-yearly national high school baseball tournament. In spring and summer both, local and then prefectural playoffs take

The Shunga Tales: A spicy comedy of sex and art

The Shunga Tales: A spicy comedy of sex and art

By Larry Knipfing | Japan, Writing

My latest short book, The Shunga Tales, is set in Japan. Its two main characters: a bored young American-Max, and Murasaki, an elegant female artist old enough to be Max’s grandma, have fun together drinking sake, enjoying erotic art and…making love. This is a fun, funny story that explores the themes of sexuality and art and

Pure Heaven: Enjoying Sake in Japan

Pure Heaven: Enjoying Sake in Japan

By Larry Knipfing | Education, Fun &..., Japan

    Want to enjoy your visit to Japan? While you’re here, be sure to try some top-quality sake with some friends and good food—sushi, or yakitori are high on my list. Can you find good sake back home? Probably, but most of the sake available at your local liquor shop isn’t worth drinking. You

Crow, the King of Sumo: Fun and Fantasy and Friendship and Sumo in Edo

Crow, the King of Sumo: Fun and Fantasy and Friendship and Sumo in Edo

By Larry Knipfing | Fun &..., Japan, Writing

  Crow, the King of Sumo My idea for this story happened in much the same way that little Koji-kun first realized who Crow was at the beginning of this tale: I was paging through a book of sumo ukiyo-e when I can upon one painting that stunned me: one of the wrestlers looked like

Horace - Exploring the theme of courage in my latest novella, 'Horace'

Horace – Exploring the theme of courage in my latest novella, ‘Horace’

By Larry Knipfing | Japan, People, Writing

  I admire courageous people. Horace is one of them. Starting at an early age (Horace and the Bird and Horace in New York) he displays the instinctual ability to do what is right in the toughest of situations. He doesn’t think, he just does. Later, as a teenager, Horace finds himself living in Japan

Foreign Footsteps in Yokohama - When Japan’s dance with the rest of the world began

Foreign Footsteps in Yokohama – When Japan’s dance with the rest of the world began

By Larry Knipfing | Education, General, Japan, People

My wife Tomoko Kamishima, writing for Japan Tourist (www.japantourist.jp), has begun an intriguing series that she calls Foreign Footsteps in Yokohama. The concept is to go back in history, to the time after Commodore Perry’s black ships nudged Japan into opening her doors to the rest of the world in 1854. After the floodgates were

The Wonder of Japan Tourist

The Wonder of Japan Tourist

By Larry Knipfing | Education, Fun &..., Japan, Photography, Writing

 Me & Japan Tourist One of the things that keeps me most busy these days is Japan Tourist (www.japantourist.jp). I am the regional partner for Kanagawa and Tochigi prefectures, and I spend a lot of time traveling around the country visiting beautiful, interesting places, photographing them, and then writing about them. Tough job, huh? Japan

Filmspotting.net—The place to go for film lovers

Filmspotting.net—The place to go for film lovers

By Larry Knipfing | Education, Fun &..., General, Japan

JAPAN & FILM Living in Japan, I don’t always have access to the movies I want to see: Most new releases are no longer new by the time they reach Japan Many movies never make it here at all. My local DVD shop is fairly limited in what they offer. Netflix doesn’t exist. Foreign films

Japan and the Earthquake: 3/11/2011...and beyond...

Japan and the Earthquake: 3/11/2011…and beyond…

By Larry Knipfing | Japan, Photography

After visiting some of the areas in Tohoku hit by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami and seeing what kind of damage took place, it’s no wonder that debris is starting to show up on shores all over the USA. This place was completely devastated, and along the hundreds of miles of shoreline, nothing much is

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Born on Long Island, New York in 1958, Larry Knipfing has spent the last 30+ years of his life living in Japan, and loving every minute of it! Kamakura, and now Yokohama both in Kanagawa Prefecture, have been his home for almost twenty years, and are the perfect places to be: hilly, situated on the water, and with amazing histories.

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