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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

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

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

Sadaharu Oh—Shame on you!

Sadaharu Oh—Shame on you!

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

This little story is about two people mainly—Japanese baseball legend Sadaharu Oh, and American baseball legend Ted Williams. It is a story I often tell to my Japanese friends when they ask me if I like Japanese baseball. My answer is always: “Not anymore,” My story… and Oh When I first came to Japan in

Helen Keller’s Secret Life

Helen Keller’s Secret Life

By Larry Knipfing | Education, General, Japan, People

  Helen Keller interests me. She really does.   Helen died in 1968, and forty years later, she is still almost as famous and admired now as she was then. There is no doubting that Helen was truly great. And thinking about the handicaps she had to overcome, and what she was able to accomplish,

Feel Good Stories that Make Me Cry

Feel Good Stories that Make Me Cry

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

Over the last two years or so, there have been three “feel good” stories on youtube that have brought tears to my eyes, no matter how many times I watch them.   1. Christian the Lion   Two guys in London buy a lion cub and raise him at home. They call the little darling