Alan Wiren Articles
Articles on Japan and Japanese culture by Osaka-based journalist Alan Wiren.
Alan Wiren is a journalist living and working in Japan. He began his career as a staff writer at a tri-state newspaper in the United States.
While traveling through and living in the Far East he has published articles in Kansai Time Out and other publications, about travel and English teaching. He was a columnist for a magazine for Japanese learners of English, and co-authored an English conversation text.
He currently lives with his wife, in Osaka, and works as a freelancer, writing mainly about Japanese food, culture, and travel destinations.
Japanese food & cuisine | Japanese religion, temples & festivals | Japanese travel | Japanese crafts | Japanese trends | Osaka
Soy Sauce: An Honorable Savor
Japanese Seaweed: Essence and Accents from the Sea
Japanese Green Tea
Takoyaki: Icon of Osaka
Instant Noodles Museum
Japan's Traditional Food Styles
Western Food in Japan
Chopsticks in Japan
Japanese history, religion, temples & festivals
'To the Stronger Spirit': Nanzenji Temple Complex, Kyoto
'To the Winner Goes the Eye': Katsuoji Temple
Ebisu & Daikoku: Bringing Home the Bounty
Muroji Temple, Nara: A Dragon Runs Through It
Hamamatsu Festival: the Children's Battle
Blood Soaked Temples of Kyoto
The Sakai Incident
Culture Shock: Getting Past the Zen and the Kimono
Lake Biwa Canal Museum of Kyoto
Wakayama Marina City
Living the Echizen Style
Guide To Naoshima Art Island
Japanese Lacquerware: the lustrous charm of urushi
Japanese fans - uchiwa and sensu
Mobile Phones - keitai
'Cosplay' - the cult of costume play in Japan
Tokyo | Kyoto | Osaka | Atami | Fukuoka | Hakone | Hida-Furukawa | Himeji | Hiraizumi | Hiroshima | Ibaraki | Iga-Ueno | Inuyama | Ise & Toba | Iwakuni
| Kakunodate | Kamakura | Kanazawa | Kawasaki | Kirishima | Kobe | Koyasan | Magome & Tsumago | Masuda | Matsushima | Mount Fuji | Nagasaki | Nagoya | Nara | Niigata | Nikko | Oita & Beppu | Okayama & Kurashiki | Okinawa | Omi Hachiman | Saitama | Sakurajima | Sapporo | Sendai | Shizuoka & Hamamatsu | Shodoshima | Takayama | Toi | Toyama | Toyohashi | Tsukuba | Yanagawa | Yokohama