LWIF EP159: How a Japanese Town Keeps its 800 Year Pottery Tradition Alive

Tambayaki, or Tamba ware, is an 800 year old tradition that is still carried on today by about 60 kilns located around the Tachikui district. What is often the case when hearing about these kinds of traditional practices, is that you find out it’s a dying craft. So it’s encouraging to hear that this group of potters have not only been able to keep the craft alive generation after generation, but they are still thriving to this day.

LWIF EP158: What a Japanese Castle Town is Like Nowadays

What a Japanese Castle Town is Like Nowadays. I traveled to Tamba-sasayama, a town about an hour’s train ride away from Kyoto and Osaka, to visit a place that some call ‘Small-Kyoto’. I check out what it’s like around the local castle, Sasayama Castle, as well as the surrounding areas for samurai, peasants, merchants and artisans.

LWIF EP157: Fashion “Rules” for Japanese Women

Fashion Rules for Japanese Women. What clothes to wear? You need special clothes for school, work, graduation, job hunting (recruit suits), and all sorts of everyday and special occasions in Japan. I interview four ladies who are recent university graduates to talk about the “rules” for keeping up appearances.

LWIF EP155: Tokyo by Boat

As is tradition, I traveled through Tokyo, this time by boat. Because my Tokyo by Train and Tokyo by Bike videos were all day affairs, I wanted to have a longer trip for this video. But as I was working on my it’s-coming-soon-I-promise documentary “Being Japanese”, I didn’t have time to do a bigger trip before winter rolled around. So while this isn’t an epic all day affair, I hope you can still enjoy the ride nonetheless.

LWIF EP151: My Obsession with Japanese thermoses

For a long time I’ve been living under the assumption that Japanese thermoses (tumblers, travel mugs, insulated drink bottles, vacuum flasks… whatever you call them) are the best. To test out my convictions, I added to my already large collection of thermoses to test out a whole bunch of them.