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For Jane Singer's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Sri Lankan keen to showcase Japanese innovation

Nov 24, 2012

Sri Lankan keen to showcase Japanese innovation

Monte Cassim, 65, slips effortlessly from English to Japanese and back, as befits one of the few non-Japanese to have served as president of a major Japanese university. After heading Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Beppu, Oita Prefecture, from 2004 to 2009, the Sri ...

Import club caters to need for home comfort

Aug 11, 2012

Import club caters to need for home comfort

The blonde man in shorts and a baseball cap, sporting a lopsided grin and a dangling backpack and parking a rusty bicycle, looked less like a captain of industry than a superannuated college student. Yet American Chuck Grafft, 50, is founder and CEO of ...

Head monk of Kyoto temple takes Buddhism into the community

May 26, 2012

Head monk of Kyoto temple takes Buddhism into the community

Climb the stone walkway, stippled with fallen red camellia blossoms, that leads to Kyoto’s Honen-in Temple, past a mossy thatched gate and raised platforms of sand combed in tight patterns of waves and chrysanthemums, and you enter a hushed and otherworldly space at the ...

Kyoto-based Italian physicist blazes trail for foreign academics

Jan 28, 2012

Kyoto-based Italian physicist blazes trail for foreign academics

Professor Giuseppe Pezzotti, 51, a materials scientist at Kyoto Institute of Technology, effortlessly switches from a newspaper interview in English to discuss research collaboration with a colleague in fluent Japanese. Even sartorially, he straddles East and West: While his torso is clad in button-down ...

Every print a poem, artist's self-portrait

Dec 10, 2011

Every print a poem, artist's self-portrait

Woodblock prints, or moku hanga, may seem to be the quintessential Japanese art, but they have been embraced by artists around the world. American artist Richard Steiner, 72, has practiced woodblock printing for most of the 41 years of his residence in Japan. As ...

Briton aims to restore poets' peak to former glory

Oct 22, 2011

Briton aims to restore poets' peak to former glory

Nineteen university students and civic-minded Kyoto residents squat on a mountain pass on a cloudless afternoon in early October as a tall British poet, Stephen Gill, 58, reads from a collection of haiku. In British-inflected but fluent Japanese, he recites poems about this mountain, ...

American trumpeter makes his horn sing in Kansai clubs

Sep 3, 2011

American trumpeter makes his horn sing in Kansai clubs

On a Sunday in early August, American trumpeter James Barrett led his band through a set featuring rhythmic jazz and world music beats as part of the Saiin Music Festival in western Kyoto. Tall and lanky, modestly clad in a T-shirt and beige jeans, ...

American woman pours self into noh

Jun 18, 2011

American woman pours self into noh

According to Rebecca Ogamo Teele, an American instructor, performer and mask carver for noh, falling asleep is a perfectly respectable response to attending such plays. In fact, she would almost recommend it. A noh performance can be likened to a meditative state, with a ...

Disaster expert seeks better tsunami defense

| Apr 23, 2011

Disaster expert seeks better tsunami defense

A town hall located several kilometers inland was the designated disaster evacuation site in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture. Immediately after the magnitude 9 earthquake hit Tohoku on the afternoon of March 11, a young town employee broadcast an urgent evacuation order to local residents. Her ...