GHIBLI’S OTHER MASTERAn obituary for Isao Takahata, an overlooked but masterful animation director at Studio Ghibli.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHINESE AND JAPANESEEver wondered what the difference is? There are too many to list and it’s a complex subject, but here I try to explain how the languages work.

ANIMANIAAn overview of anime (Japanese animation) and why it’s so popular.

10 ANIMEMy list of 10 good anime to sample the medium with.

EATING BITTERNESSThe troubled relationship between China and Japan.

LAND OF THE SETTING SUNAn overview of Japan, its history, and its current decline.