• Spotlight on Japan

    The endlessly fascinating country that is Japan remains an enigma to most Western tourists, despite its ‘closed’ period ending in 1868. The etiquette, language and customs are as foreign as can be, yet the kind, polite and humble nature of the Japanese people mean that such stark cultural differences...
  • An Introduction To: Japanese Hip-Hop

    1994 was a big year for hip hop in America. East coast had the likes of Nas’s Illmatic and Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready To Die coming through, Warren G was debuting Regulate… G Funk Era in the West Coast and Outkast were making headlines from the South with their first...
  • Japan beating South Africa: The biggest shock of recent times?

    Shocks like this were not supposed to happen in rugby. Maybe in football, but the scale of domination by the elite is just too great in rugby. Impact Sport has taken a look at the biggest sporting shocks and upsets of recent times, to see if Japan’s recent success...
  • Japan Comes Back Online: First Nuclear Power Plant Restart Since Fukushima

    Japan’s first restart of its nuclear power plants since the Fukushima disaster in 2011 has been met with several voices of disapproval and political unrest. Despite local opposition, the Sendai plant has been restarted as part of Japan’s plan to begin using nuclear power again. This restart could be...
  • Have we really seen the last of Hayao Miyazaki?

    In September 2013 Japanese animé director Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement with his final film: The Wind Rises. Miyazaki, aged 72, has a career that has spanned over 5 decades and reached cinema across the world. With various awards under his belt, including an Oscar, it is safe to...