Get in touch with your inner Tarzan

Jul 20, 2003

Get in touch with your inner Tarzan

It can be difficult to get my kids moving on weekends, but I knew just how to motivate them for an outing one Saturday. “Hey boys,” I said. “Wanna go to a park where visitors fall into the water so often that they rent ...

National hygiene begins in the classroom

| Jun 5, 2003

National hygiene begins in the classroom

I always like to hear from readers, but it’s especially nice when they provide ideas for my column. Several wrote in recently about severe acute respiratory syndrome. “I saw a piece on the news about Japan hoping it can avoid SARS because its citizens ...

Family biking weekends for a song

| May 11, 2003

Family biking weekends for a song

UTSUNOMIYA — Comfortable lodging for a family of four, with meals, for less than 20,000 yen? Yes, it’s possible, even in Japan. That’s all my family paid for a very enjoyable overnight in Utsunomiya, at a public facility that promotes bicycling. Utsunomiya is a ...

More breathing space in the classroom

| May 8, 2003

More breathing space in the classroom

Last month, just before the new school year started in Japan, I ran into a neighbor at the supermarket. She’s a bit high-strung and gets worked up over school matters, so I try to avoid her. But she collared me by the cabbages and ...

| Jan 13, 2003

Learning from living things, often the hard way

Since I write this column at home, school holidays are always a problem. It’s impossible to get any work done with my kids hanging around. One day during the recent winter holidays, I complained about feeling pressured. The deadline for today’s column was looming, ...

Will dramatic arts take a backseat?

| Dec 16, 2002

Will dramatic arts take a backseat?

Two months ago, my 8-year-old came home from the Japanese elementary school he attends and told me about the play his grade would do at the upcoming gakugeikai (drama festival). “I can’t remember the name,” he said. “But it’s a Japanese story about a ...