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Stray observations on booming pet culture

| Dec 29, 2009

Stray observations on booming pet culture

Pets are big business these days. Cat and dog cafes, animal accessory shops, dog hotels and even aesthetic salons for animals are easy to find. On weekends, in the large park near my house, I see people walking what appear to be entrants in ...

Breaking the silence on burakumin

| Jan 20, 2009

Breaking the silence on burakumin

For those who don’t know — and you would be forgiven considering the lack of coverage the issue receives — a buraku is the term used to describe an area where some, but not all, of the residents have ancestral ties to the people ...

Where Tokyo turns green

Nov 16, 2007

Where Tokyo turns green

If you want to feel that you have left the center of Tokyo far behind but don’t fancy the time or cost involved in a long trip, then Mitake in Okutama is a good choice. Around 1 1/2 hours on the Chuo Line from ...