Barbara Bayer

For Barbara Bayer's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Small lives changed through the power of a photo

Jul 28, 2012

Small lives changed through the power of a photo

For over five years now, The Japan Times has run a weekly photo box featuring a cat or dog in need of a home, as well as success stories of animals that have been adopted. Many of the pets have been rescued from horrific ...

Incredible images capture surreal disaster zone

Apr 21, 2012

Incredible images capture surreal disaster zone

Twisted wreckage thrown against the pastoral countryside, surreal scenes of the elements of everyday horribly juxtaposed, a world exploded yet eerily calm in its chaos. The photos are at once deeply disturbing and uncomfortably captivating. Rich colors, uncanny detail and stunning skies brought out ...

'Alternative labor' helps Ishinomaki rebuild

Mar 3, 2012

'Alternative labor' helps Ishinomaki rebuild

Jamie El-Banna, 27, is a self-professed “cynical Londoner” who says he’s “not a nice guy” and admits he is known to many as something of a party animal interested mostly in getting drunk. But a look at his recent track record reveals he’s now ...

Animal shelter in Niigata helps Tohoku pets, owners

Jun 4, 2011

Animal shelter in Niigata helps Tohoku pets, owners

When the March 11 earthquake hit Japan, Niigata resident Isabella Gallaon-Aoki “missed it completely.” Ironic, in that she would soon find herself in the very bowels of the disaster area, and travel there some 20 times over the next two months. A resident of ...

Wheelchair pioneer out to change public perceptions

Jan 1, 2011

Wheelchair pioneer out to change public perceptions

“You can’t keep a good man down” is the darkly applicable phrase that springs to mind when listening to Yasuhiro “Mark” Yamazaki. The energy, conviction, sense of mission and utter absence of self-pity in this soft-spoken man is humbling. In 1979, the Tokyo-born Yamazaki, ...

Dec 11, 2010

Mover, shaker aids Goa's poorest kids

Stephen Young has always felt “driven to see the world” and left London at the age of 17 to do just that. He loves music, celebrates life and love and sees value, use, and often great potential in the world’s outcasts, whether they be ...

Voice of the times bridges cultures for seven decades

Aug 21, 2010

Voice of the times bridges cultures for seven decades

Most of us would probably be happy to have a handful of memories to reminisce over in our later years, episodes from our youth we could run past our friends while hoping their eyes don’t glaze over. Ichiro Urushibara, a British citizen who has ...

Briton looks through lens with an eye to change

Jul 17, 2010

Briton looks through lens with an eye to change

Japan-based photographer and activist El-Branden Brazil quotes Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama: “If you think you’re too small to make a difference, sleep in the room with a mosquito.” Passively or actively, we can or will make a difference. Brazil wishes more ...