Denis D. Gray

For Denis D. Gray's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Asia's old communities vanishing amid rapid growth

Aug 28, 2014

Asia's old communities vanishing amid rapid growth

Century-old shop houses, twisting alleyways and temples scented with incense still pulsate with the old trades and time-honored rituals of families who have lived in Bangkok’s Chinatown for generations. But probably not for much longer. Jackhammers and cranes are closing in on one of ...

Some Alzheimer's sufferers find better care abroad

Jan 2, 2014

Some Alzheimer's sufferers find better care abroad

Residents of a facility in Chiang Mai for people with Alzheimer’s disease toss around a yellow ball and laugh under a cascade with their caregivers, in a swimming pool ringed by palm trees and wind chimes. Susanna Kuratli, once a painter of delicate oils, ...

Ethnic traditions die as Myanmar opens up

Dec 27, 2013

Ethnic traditions die as Myanmar opens up

High in the hills of Myanmar’s Chin state, Shwe Mana plays a gentle song on a bamboo flute using her nostrils — one of the last of her tribe to preserve this ancient skill. A dark, intricate web of tattoos covers her face, harking ...

Myanmar's capital less of a ghost town

Dec 14, 2013

Myanmar's capital less of a ghost town

Watched around the clock, pampered and bathed twice a day, five white elephants are munching on choice greenery in Myanmar’s vast, remote and surreal capital. Above them soars a shimmering gold-plated pagoda. From ancient times, Myanmar’s rulers regarded these rare albino animals as sacred ...