Monthly Archives: November 2015

The Koku System

If you’ve read anything about Shogunate-era Japan you’ve probably come across the term koku. It is mostly used to describe the wealth of an individual and measured in bales of rice. But this description significantly oversimplifies the implications of the … Continue reading

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Misadventures in Shopping

Going food shopping in Japan can be an adventure, especially if you don’t speak the language. You’re reduced to looking at the pictures on the packaging and using that, along with the context provided by other nearby goods, to make … Continue reading

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