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Danshukai celebration
Each year the self-help group Danshukai holds a special anniversary meeting, to celebrate the number of years members have maintained their sobriety. At the beginning of the meeting all those attending the event recite Danshukai's steps for gaining sobriety. (2019-04-30)
Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art Entrance
Inside the entrance of the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Entrance is a screen showing a map of the island of Hokkaido, as the cross roads of Northeast Asia. A pointer to centrality of Hokkaido in trade routes of the past. (2017/03/01)
Takamatsu: Landing announcement
The in-flight announcement of arrival into Takamatsu airport. The sounds of returning home to Nagoro from larger cities. (2015/07/21)

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Arashiyama Wedding

Mon Jul 24 2017 by Tamara Kohn

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Embodied Senses in Reflection

Fri Jul 29 2016 by Tamara Kohn

I’ve recently returned to Melbourne from the 2016 Association of Social Anthropologists conference at the University of Durham, UK. It was a nostalgic visit for me. I had lived in Durham and had taught at that University for 14 years, from 1992-2006. This first visit back to the...>>

トイレの音 The sound of Japanese toilet technology

Fri May 30 2014 by Carolyn Stevens
One of the most surprising but mostly pleasing experiences for foreigners visiting Japan is the level of technological comfort built in to many of the toilets in Japanese homes and public restrooms. Toilets are primarily divided into two categories:  和式 (washiki, or Japanese style) and 洋式 (yōshiki, or Western style).>>