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David McElhinney

David is a Northern Irish freelance journalist based in Tokyo and the UK. He has contributed regularly to Tokyo Weekender for several years, as well as publishing feature stories and reportage on travel, culture, society, politics, the environment, and sports in Japan for a range of international publications online and in print.

Articles by David

When regaling someone with a tale from your past, especially one told on countless occasions, how much of it do you embellish? Does it get better on each retelling? Do you present…

Shochu is often a curiosity to foreigners. A distilled spirit made from up to 53 government-approved crops in order to be honkaku (genuine), it gives rise to a diverse range of flavor…

Tokyo is undoubtedly a novelist’s city. Its patent eccentricity demands it play a role closer to a character than a setting, while its diverse neighborhoods – and the clerks, chefs, teens, salarymen,…

Miyazaki Prefecture is known for its great weather, Pacific surf and a 250-mile coastline of lush forests and impressive geological features. Its location also has significant agricultural connotations. Clinging to Kyushu’s southern…

I have decided it’s time to purchase a Geiger counter. If I’m writing my next column whilst getting battered by gusts of nuclear snow, I’d at least like to know how much…

It is no trifling contradiction that Japan, a nation built on collectivism and structured around some of the world’s most populated urban areas, is one of the world’s loneliest countries. Work-life imbalances,…

Iseshima, a fractured peninsula which hooks into the Pacific Ocean from eastern Mie Prefecture, is best known for its eponymous shrine, Ise Jingu, the abode of the Shinto gods. Beyond its rich…

When the recent Omicron outbreak in Okinawa was reported to have spread from US military base Camp Hansen, an obligatory public outcry followed in its wake. The dangers are perhaps being blown…