Antoine Bouthier

For Antoine Bouthier's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Aging 'ama' divers defy tide of time

Sep 25, 2013

Aging 'ama' divers defy tide of time

Mieko Kitai takes a huge gulp of air as she surfaces from the clear, blue waters off the Pacific coast with a large abalone in her hand. Now in her 70s, the dive — with nothing more than a mask — does not get ...

Haunted houses give public summer chills

Sep 5, 2013

Haunted houses give public summer chills

A shiver down the spine is one way of keeping cool in Japan during summer, traditionally viewed as a time when the spirit world makes its presence felt. Millions return to their ancestral hometowns in August for the Bon season, in which relatives gather ...

Nationalists exult in Senkaku isle landing

Aug 20, 2012

Nationalists exult in Senkaku isle landing

It took 10 sleepless hours aboard cramped boats, but as the Senkaku Islands drift into view, backlit by a rising sun, excitement sweeps through Japanese nationalists on board. Puffed up by pride and flying flags, their 20-strong flotilla had sailed through the night from ...