Angela Jeffs

After 26 years in Japan, Angela is currently test driving the Scottish winter. Describing herself as a “people person,” she wrote weekly profiles and features for The Japan Times between 1987 and 2011. For writings since 3/11/2011, see www.embrace-transition.com/. Her first book, “Chasing Shooting Stars – A South American Paper Trail into the Past,” was published in paperback in January 2013.

For Angela Jeffs's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Tomioka Silk Mill ranks as Meiji Era industrial gem

Mar 12, 2011

Tomioka Silk Mill ranks as Meiji Era industrial gem

In his youth, Shinji Takahashi was a featherweight boxer. Today, working with his two younger brothers in a family legal practice based in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, he is a heavyweight lawyer and committed activist. Takahashi is the head of a local and national campaign ...

| Feb 8, 2011

Mental health advice, cash card blues

Empty nest syndrome K’ko is suffering from what she calls “empty nest blues” — that is, being without husband or children. “Do you know of a psychologist (American/Japanese, familiar with both cultures) and marriage counselor who works in the Shibuya/Hiroo/Roppongi area and not too ...

| Jan 25, 2011

Carnet crucial when doing Japan in a van

Diana and Peter were pleased to find the column “How to do Japan — in a VW camper van” (Lifelines, Nov. 16) on the Japan Times website. “It answered many of our questions as we are hoping to bring our Australian-registered Land Rover camper ...

| Jan 11, 2011

Landlords have right of entry — the roaches don't

Back in summer, the owner of AB’s rented apartment wanted to spray the property for cockroaches (gokiburi). AB was far from happy. “I don’t want chemicals being sprayed in my home. I use natural products wherever possible and feel sick when using even regular ...

| Dec 14, 2010

Doing Japan in a van: highs, lows, dos, don'ts

Oh, the pros and woes of responding to your queries. Great advice, personal experience — even the odd wakeup call. Here are some responses to our Nov. 16 column on “How to do Japan — in a VW camper van”: One of the best ...

| Nov 16, 2010

How to do Japan — in a VW camper van

Reader M.T. has lived in Japan for over 20 years and his brother is planning a visit, with a twist: The brother, his wife and two children are hoping to travel around the country living out of their Volkswagen camper van. “My brother, who ...