Editor's note: This is the first story of a four-part series from The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE on the present and future of kimono.
Founded in 1688, venerable Kyoto fabric weaving firm Hosoo Co. cannot rely exclusively on the kimono market to stay in business today.
When samurai traded in their kimono for Western business attire after the Meiji Restoration they were inadvertently dealing a severe blow to a rich sartorial heritage in Japan.
Politicians are not renowned for their sartorial tastes so when 80 of them stood outside the Diet building clad in kimono, they must have caused more than a few eyes to blink...
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--Three months after the Fukushima nuclear disaster unfurled in March 2011, business came to a standstill at chef Harutomo Hagi’s French restaurant here.
The Japanese archipelago lies opposite Eurasia, a huge region now morphing into one integrated economic sphere. How should Japan deal with this New Continentalism?
Editor’s Note: Gamarjobat, a wordless comedy double-act who perform around the world, will now appear in The Asahi Shimbun as our “silent supporters.” Their comedy videos, inspired by GLOBE feature stories, will be...