The joy of <em>taiko</em> and cultural exchange

Oct 15, 2011

The joy of taiko and cultural exchange

The booming noise coming up from the basement of the British School in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, is a more visceral version of the magic flute: It’s just impossible to resist its charm. You follow the deep, thumping beat down a flight of stairs and ...

Gelato master in Kamakura serves it the old-fashioned way

Jul 30, 2011

Gelato master in Kamakura serves it the old-fashioned way

According to Japanese popular wisdom, no matter how small your project or enterprise is, if it’s really good people will eventually take notice. This seems to be especially true for anything food-related: In a country in which every conversation seems to lead to food ...

Don Morton raises a mug to bicycles and cold beer

Jul 9, 2011

Don Morton raises a mug to bicycles and cold beer

Film buffs may know American Don Morton for the reviews he writes for Metropolis magazine. During a recent interview in his apartment, though, he mostly talked about bicycles. In fact the 67-year-old native of San Francisco is the founder of the Tokyo-based Half-Fast cycling ...

Worldly duo took chance on Japan, find beachhead

Jun 11, 2011

Worldly duo took chance on Japan, find beachhead

Ask Alana and Michel Bonzi where they are from and their first answer is they are citizens of the world. Married 14 years, their relationship has spanned four countries and three languages on three different continents. Alana, 46, is a university lecturer, writer and ...

Finding fulfillment the hard way through NGOs, activism

May 14, 2011

Finding fulfillment the hard way through NGOs, activism

The tiny Amnesty International Japan headquarters is hidden on the fourth floor of a nondescript building in a dull business district not far from Ochanomizu, in central Tokyo. You would think they should at least fly their bright yellow banner from their windows to ...

It's innovate or die in today's mad mag world

| May 3, 2011

It's innovate or die in today's mad mag world

In few countries are the most vital political, economic and cultural activities as geographically concentrated as in Japan. All the main institutions can be found in Tokyo — one can only shudder to think what will happen not only to this city, but to ...