SUKi tells the story of the ties between Japan and the Philippines through the voices of academics, cultural workers, and practitioners from the Philippines, Japan, and all over the world who have worked with the Japan Foundation.

Story of Blue

Kenta Watanabe and the Different Shades of Aizome Words by Mariah Reodica In a world of fast fashion and mass production, the care that goes into artisanal indigo dyeing stands

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Peak Flavor

A Conversation with Mount Coffee’s Shohei Yamamoto Interview by Wataru Abe & Words by Spike Acosta Japanese tea culture is deeply rooted and steeped in ancient tradition. Throughout the centuries

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Finding Silver Linings in Manila

A Lesson on Staying Positive Words by Takeshi Matsumoto As the Deputy Director of the Japanese Language Education at JFM, I facilitate programs that introduce Nihongo to Filipinos, from secondary

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Building Cultural Bridges

My Journey from Japan to the Philippines Words by Wataru Abe My expectation about the Philippines was a cheerful everlasting summer. That’s what greeted me when I first came to

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Sushi and Purpose

Learning to Live Intentionally in the Time of COVID-19 Words by Spike Acosta & Illustration by Nico Rubio It’s been a difficult year for most of us in various ways.

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