Inside the Museum of MEXT (short for Monbukagakusho, the education ministry) in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward is a display of celebrity-signed shikishi (square pieces of thick white paper used to write messages or sign autographs) with ikiru chikara written on them. I see and hear this phrase often in the context of children’s education, but somehow, “the power to live” never resonated much with me. [Read More]

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