Deepen your understanding of Japan’s people, places, and culture.

About Japan-Insights

Since its founding in 1989, the Toshiba International Foundation (TIFO) has lent support to organizations and individuals around the world whose impassioned work fosters deeper understanding of Japan.

The Japan-Insights project aims to share that wisdom by showcasing the future-focused initiatives of TIFO grantees, and by publishing essays contributed by Japan experts that contribute to a greater appreciation of Japanese culture, history, people, and Japan’s many diverse localities.

  • Navigate to Stories to read interviews of professionals at the forefront of Japan Studies today.
  • Visit Essays for select writings contributed by Japan experts between 2017 and 2022, addressing topics as varied as Jomon culture, artisanal foods, traditional music, contemporary local museums, textiles, literature, folklore, lessons from natural disasters, and the making of swords and clocks.