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Discover Japan

I guess that “Discover Japan” is a well-known magazine among people interested in Japanese culture, but I discovered it only recently… In fact, I saw an interesting issue in a bookshop last year (September 2016) about Tokyo Olympics and bought the magazine thinking that I would read it later. At the time, I was not able to read in Japanese but I am glad I bought it because I can enjoy reading it now.

Discover Japan has a beautiful website which presents each issue of the magazine and even gives access to some articles online. I think that it is possible to buy an old issue via Amazon or other sites and they even offer a wide range of e-versions, but I haven’t tried them.

As for the issue I have about Tokyo Olympics (Discover Japan 2016年9月号 Vol.59), it is a very thorough and interesting overview of the different aspects of the games preparation and what it means for the hosting country. There is, for example, a parallel made with the Games of 1964 and a recollection about how it changed Tokyo at that time. There are also surprising articles about the meals that were served in 1964 and will be served in 2020 to the athletes. The issue also gives a lot of numbers relatives to the Olympics, and even make a presentation of worldwide Olympics partners. Finally, for those who want to follow the 2020 Games, there is a short description for each sport and the name of Japanese athletes to keep in mind.

I don’t usually read magazines, but I buy one in Japanese from time to time. Magazines articles are often short and pleasant to read, with beautiful pictures.

 

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