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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

Sake is an in an indelible part of the Japanese imbibing culture. To be knowledgeable about said culture is something that those who “know what they’re talking about” wear upon their sleeves…

In the seminal travel book, The Inland Sea, author Donald Richie wrote, “The Japanese are the last people who stand in reverence of the natural world. Rather than attempting to eradicate it,…

The 2019 Rugby World Cup is coming to Japan this fall and the competition is shaping up to be an absolute classic. It’s already made history as the most sought-after host country…

This autumn 48 Rugby World Cup games will be played on Japanese shores. That’s a lot of rugby, so I’m going to make the relatively safe assumption that you’ve not got tickets…

As of this year I am now in my 20th year of life as a recreational rugby player. Slowly over the course of those 20 years rugby has developed from a relatively…

With the 2019 Rugby World Cup inching closer and tickets flying off the shelves in record times, the anticipation is starting to build throughout Japan. Twelve stadiums from 12 prefectures spread across…

The door to 2019 has been flung open and several new eras for Japan have been ushered in along with it — another year of the zodiac boar, the year that Sony…