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Theatrics of Japanese Noh, Kabuki, and the mixed-bathing Onsen

Elusive, enigmatic, and paradoxical, the Japanese konyoku onsen (混浴温泉), or nude mixed-bathing hot springs, is forbidding enough of access as to retain a quasi-mythical status – somewhere between the zebra and the unicorn – not only for foreigners but for Japanese as … Continue reading

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The Chinese-Japanese cultural chasm on display at Starbucks

Apart from obvious differences in size and layout, all Starbucks are basically the same. On the surface this appears to be the case with the shops in China and Japan as well. The signature decor in various coffee tones, the … Continue reading

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