| Oct 19, 2010

Barking mad over canine commotion

FF in Tokyo has a barking dog next door that just won’t stop! “Our neighbors have a caged dog that lives outside. The barking continues for at least an hour, starting after 9 p.m. and often not stopping until well after midnight.” This happens ...

| Oct 5, 2010

Kids' camps; more on Baha'i

Baha’i outreach MN thanks us for writing about her community (Lifelines, Sept. 21). “Just in case Janice or other readers are interested, there is a small but active Baha’i community in the Kansai area. Janice can find out more by e-mailing marynoguchi@gaia.eonet.ne.jp or Brett ...

| Aug 31, 2010

Seikatsu hogo : help for those in dire straits

Reader KS is having a hard time and doesn’t know where to turn. “I have been working for years but suddenly find myself unemployed, over 60 and unwell. I didn’t know about the pension program so have not paid into it at all. What ...

| May 25, 2010

Nova visas; seeking U.S. citizenship

Reader SB was working for Nova and his visa runs out next fall. “I would like to stay in Japan and have been teaching a number of private as well as company classes. However, I think it will be difficult to get any of ...

| May 18, 2010

Still waiting for that last paycheck

Reader TS writes: “I return to the U.S. next week and I was supposed to receive my final pay check from a really bad ALT company . . . last week, but did not receive payment. I’ve called them but the secretaries say that ...

An artist's love affair with ceramics

May 1, 2010

An artist's love affair with ceramics

Ceramic artist Swanica Ligtenberg returned from her native Holland in early January with a new sense of purpose. She no longer felt an outsider in a family of goldsmiths and silversmiths, because in speaking with her uncle — still creatively active at age 91 ...

| Mar 30, 2010

Quick questions, answers

Some quickies: In reply to the reader looking for a bread bin, ML says that the Tokyu store in the JR Shibuya Station complex on the 7th floor can meet your needs. “You have to order from a catalog, and they come from Germany, ...