Alive and kicking: Sushi in Jun’ichirō Tanizaki’s The Makioka Sisters (1943-48)

Three months ago, I was travelling around Japan, the land of dreams to me (and a whole lot of other Westerners, it seems), and my enthusiastic foodie self found much to revel in: I don’t think I ate the same thing twice when I was there, as everything was so overwhelmingly tasty, and different, that I felt I had to try everything that came my … Continue reading Alive and kicking: Sushi in Jun’ichirō Tanizaki’s The Makioka Sisters (1943-48)

A Taste of Japan: Dazai Osamu’s No Longer Human (1948)

By Joanna Heath There is an impressive Meiji-period house that has stood with a stately elegance since it was built in 1907 in the rural Japanese town of Kanagi. Now surrounded by modern shops, offices and car-parks, this dimly-lit house remains filled with the same aroma of its cypress wood beams as when the influential Tsushima family first occupied it. The house was a favourite … Continue reading A Taste of Japan: Dazai Osamu’s No Longer Human (1948)