One more time — with Charisma

| Jul 13, 2010

One more time — with Charisma

My first reaction on hearing that “Charisma Man” was attempting a comeback was to ask, “Can it even work today?” Would the strip come across as funny, or just endearingly nostalgic? Worse, could it be completely misinterpreted and considered amateurishly silly, a gross exaggeration ...

American expat finds Sierra Leone heritage

Apr 24, 2010

American expat finds Sierra Leone heritage

To some in Japan, the word “expat” is often associated with negative images — isolation, language and culture barriers, and a general lack of interaction, connection, acceptance and/or understanding. For California native Francesca Conate, however, the life of the expatriate means opportunity — the ...

Embracing the bicultural identity

Mar 27, 2010

Embracing the bicultural identity

Leslie Lorimer defied definition in Japan from the time she was a young child, when her blond hair, blue eyes and fluent Japanese proved a startling mix. She and her brother would enjoy going to the imported-foods shop in Yokohama, where they would point ...

Computer whiz turns 'strangeness' into asset

Feb 13, 2010

Computer whiz turns 'strangeness' into asset

From his early days in Japan as a destitute student sleeping in train station stairwells to living in a 3-mat room that cost him ¥10,000 a month, Richard Northcott went on to head a mobile software company that now enjoys sales of $2 million ...

Dream Journey powers to Arima Kinen victory

Dec 28, 2009

Dream Journey powers to Arima Kinen victory

FUNABASHI, Chiba Pref. — Tears of both joy and pain marked the 54th running of the Arima Kinen Sunday at Nakayama Racecourse. For Kenichi Ikezoe they were tears of joy, as race second pick Dream Journey topped favorite Buena Vista by half a length ...

Dressage instructor knows how to get best out of horses, riders

Oct 31, 2009

Dressage instructor knows how to get best out of horses, riders

In the rarefied atmosphere of Japan’s equestrian competitive world, Gool Wadia is a highly respected name. She is the “eye and mouth” on the ground, the person behind, specifically, some of Japan’s best dressage riders as they endeavor to improve their riding, their horses ...

Jun 24, 2009

Top stallion Agnes Tachyon dies

Japan’s racing industry was shocked by the news Tuesday of the death of its leading sire, Agnes Tachyon, found dead in his stall at Shadai Stallion Station in Hokkaido’s Abira-cho on Monday afternoon. The cause of death had yet to be determined but heart ...

Jun 8, 2009

Vodka wins Yasuda

“I didn’t think she could catch them in time,” said the trainer. “I was scared,” admitted the jockey. But, once again, Vodka left the stands reeling as she showed just what a fine grain she is. Weaving her way out of a death trap ...

Logi Universe triumphs in Derby, avenges loss

Jun 1, 2009

Logi Universe triumphs in Derby, avenges loss

Disappointing as the favorite in the Satsukisho, Logi Universe was able to salvage his reputation in the Japan Derby just over a month later answering fans’ somewhat lesser expectations with a four-length win over fifth pick Reach the Crown. The stands Sunday at Fuchu ...