From grubs to kimono

| Jul 18, 2010

From grubs to kimono

Bryan Whitehead redefines what it means to “make something from scratch.” Starting with some silkworm eggs and easily available natural resources, he eventually ends up with rolls of fine and heavy kimono silk. The textiles created by this Vancouver native are not only beautiful, ...

Homey husky learns to live a dog's life

| Jun 20, 2010

Homey husky learns to live a dog's life

Chaine, a friendly husky living in Tokyo, was 5 years old when her owners, Motoko Shiraishi and Yasushi Ishikawa, took her to see a sled-dog race in Gunma Prefecture in the winter of 2003. Although Chaine’s ancestors were from the harsh wilds of Siberia, ...

Resort to sheer pleasure on Ishigaki Island

Jun 20, 2010

Resort to sheer pleasure on Ishigaki Island

Want to get away from it all? Then why not fly 2,000 km toward the Equator from Tokyo to Ishigaki, the main island of the southerly Yaeyama group in Okinawa Prefecture. And once there, then treat yourself to a stay at Club Med Kabira ...

Old Tokyo hits silver screen

Jun 18, 2010

Old Tokyo hits silver screen

Three Japanese silent movies will be screened in Tokyo on June 25, giving audiences a taste of yore. One of the movies is titled “Tokyo Koshinkyoku” (“Tokyo March”). This 1920s romance is about a boy, Yoshiki, who falls in love with a girl, Michiyo. ...

Learn about a river's life

May 28, 2010

Learn about a river's life

Classes in canoeing, fishing and other outdoor activities will be held in Ibaraki Prefecture May 29 and 30. Kawa asobi kyoshitsu (Class for playing on a river) is organized by canoeist Tomosuke Noda, who has written many books about his experiences canoeing on rivers ...

One of a kind

| May 16, 2010

One of a kind

A young Japanese woman in colorful African clothes appeared on the stage at a small club in Tokyo’s central Roppongi district on April 25. She sat down on a low chair in front of an eight-stringed wooden instrument. “Good evening, everyone. I am Anyango!” ...

Spotlight on the States

| Apr 4, 2010

Spotlight on the States

Mika Tsutsumi is a spirited journalist and writer whose work turns a spotlight on the widespread hardships and poverty caused by official policies and the behavior of businesses in the United States. Her best-selling book “Rupo Hinkon Taikoku Amerika” (“America, the Poverty Superpower”) exposed ...

Can doggy bags save the world?

| Mar 21, 2010

Can doggy bags save the world?

It can be a bit embarrassing at a restaurant to say that you’d like to take your leftovers away with you. That’s probably why people the world over often ask for the food to be put in a “doggy bag,” whether or not they ...

Focusing on the dark side

Feb 28, 2010

Focusing on the dark side

When the documentary filmmaker Motoharu Iida was asked by an animal-loving elderly woman to make a film to save the lives of abandoned cats and dogs, he was not sure what he could do. But with a little research, Iida soon found that 353,098 ...