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For J.J. O'Donoghue's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

If you'd nuked a city, you'd feel guilty too

Oct 18, 2014

If you'd nuked a city, you'd feel guilty too

The author T.C. Boyle in the preface to his book “Stories II” published last year made a convincing argument that runs counter to the conventional wisdom to “write what you know.” Boyle said: “A story is an exercise of imagination — or, as Flannery ...

How KonMari's phenomenal book can help put your house in order

Oct 11, 2014

How KonMari's phenomenal book can help put your house in order

Before wrapping up my interview with Marie Kondo, who might well be world’s foremost cleaning consultant, I promised I would put one of her de-cluttering lessons to the test prior to reviewing her book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” And so here I ...

A stroll through Nishiki, Kyoto's favorite food market

Oct 7, 2014

A stroll through Nishiki, Kyoto's favorite food market

Nishiki Market’s most famous son, the celebrated artist Ito Jakuchu, is probably best known for his elaborate set of scrolls called “Colorful Realm of Living Beings,” painted during the Edo Period (1603-1867), when Japan was not open for tourism. While most of the “beings” ...