Author Archives: Toki

Perry’s visits to Japan showed Japan how weak were its naval forces. And as I started thinking about the Japanese Navy, curry rice instantly came…

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This time I was invited to The WRap It Up Podcast to speak about Japan Explained, how and why it started, my favourite topics and…

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Last month I had a great talk with Kyle Wood from Who ArtEd podcast. Now the episode is finally released and I’m inviting you to…

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Perry promised to come back the next year, and so he did. What happened next? In the second part of Perry in Japan Explained, Garret…

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Hi guys! The time has come for my first collaboration with a fellow podcaster. Please welcome Garret McCorkle from the “No Country for History” podcast.…

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You asked me about Japan Explained, my life in Japan and a lot of other things, so I did my best to answer all your…

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars While the book is dedicated to two Perry’s visits to Japan and probably is a good starting point for…

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In the second part of Yokai Explained, I’ll tell you how strict censorship made yokai superstars of the Edo period, which Japanese monster made a big fuss in 19th century London and New York and why in the 21st century we are still fascinated by yokai, creating more and more of them all the time.

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We all love something cooling during the summer heat. And what can be more refreshing than a spooky story that makes you shiver.

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You voted for it, so today I’ll look into a long history of nabe hot pot cuisine in Japan, millions of its seasonal and regional varieties and give you a few tips on picking the best pot for your nabe (spoiler alert: you can use pretty much anything).

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