The Kokoro Files tells the story of ordinary people and their connection to Japan. And whether it’s food, alcohol, history or sport, the experience is unique to each person. For Jorg Muller, his experience in Japan inspired him to start up a sake supply company, Ueno Gourmet, one of the top importers of sake in Europe.
Feeling a connection to a certain place can be magical. It helps to broaden our horizons and see things from another perspective. Many people forge a connection with Japan. But that doesn’t mean you have to visit a country to feel an emotional response. Lily Greenwood hasn’t travelled to Japan, but the culture has massively influenced her work as an artist.
Feeling connected to a different culture can be an eye-opening experience. It enables us to broaden our horizons and gain an alternative perspective on the world. The Kokoro Files shares stories about people who feel connected to Japan, and in Danielle Geva’s case, she developed a passion for Japanese tea.
Japan attracts visitors from all over the world because of its unique culture and outlook. The Land of the Rising Sun features various philosophies, and one of the most interesting is the concept of kokoro. Translating to ‘heart’ in Japanese, it should not be confused with shinzou, which represents the physical organ. Continue reading “Calling All Japan Enthusiasts For The Kokoro Files”→
The Kokoro Files is a series that tells the everyday stories of people who love Japan, and I’m excited to present a conversation with the Japan editor of Otaku USA, Matt Schley, a writer who made his bones in the world of anime. In this interview, Matt shares his thoughts on why anime has become so popular to a modern day audience and reveals his tips on how to break into the industry of Japan-related journalism. Continue reading “The Kokoro Files: Matt Schley”→
The Kokoro Files is a series that is dedicated to sharing the stories of people who are passionate about Japan. I’m pleased to present an interview with taiko drumming expert and Japanese language teacher Mary Murata. Read on to discover the origins of taiko drumming and why the art form is so captivating. Continue reading “The Kokoro Files: Mary Murata”→