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Judit Kawaguchi

For Judit Kawaguchi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

How to keep it in the right family

| Oct 17, 2014

How to keep it in the right family

Mitsuo Tsuchida, 65, is a bilingual tax accountant and the founder of Tsuchida & Associates in Tokyo. He and his team help people of various nationalities file Japanese and U.S. tax returns, regardless of which country they may live in. As an enrolled agent ...

A dog's life should be a good one

| Aug 15, 2014

A dog's life should be a good one

Nao Yokoo, 34, trains and walks dogs in Tokyo. She also provides pet-sitting services, for which she stays at clients’ homes and takes care of their dogs while they are out of town. Nao has never met a pooch she didn’t love immediately and ...

Beating life's challenges one artwork at a time

| Jun 27, 2014

Beating life's challenges one artwork at a time

Artist Kengo Nawashiro, 26, loves drawing buildings and towers. His beautifully colored paintings of the Tokyo Skytree are printed on postcards and sold at art events. Nawashiro credits his success to renowned art educator Chieko Awata, who is a specialist in nurturing the talents ...

Motel owner provides rooms to the roaming

| May 23, 2014

Motel owner provides rooms to the roaming

Makoto Kai, 62, is the founder and CEO of Hatagoya Co., which operates Japan’s only motel chain. Kai, an avid biker, started the business in 1994 out of frustration with the lack of comfortable and inexpensive accommodation across the Japanese countryside. After traveling around ...

What we can learn from cats and dogs

| Feb 27, 2014

What we can learn from cats and dogs

Chikao Muratani is a veterinarian and owner of Anima Animal Hospital in Tokyo’s Chuo Ward. Having worked in the United States for years, Dr. Muratani is fully bilingual and his spotless and beautifully designed clinic is known as a neighborhood hangout. People with pets ...

Producer gets deep inside the <em>otaku</em> heart

| Sep 24, 2013

Producer gets deep inside the otaku heart

Masaaki Katabami is a content producer working in Tokyo. Besides producing manga and mascot design for clients, Katabami publishes Burgeon, a biannual free manga magazine aimed at a female otaku (geek) readership. Available at Tokyo’s Comiket (Comic Market fair), the magazine is in its ...

Ginza merchant has essence of Edo cool

| Jul 23, 2013

Ginza merchant has essence of Edo cool

Masayuki Kazama, 51, is the owner of StockPlus, a mailbox-rental and parcel-forwarding service located in Tokyo’s Ginza district, just opposite the Kabukiza theater. Printing business cards, pamphlets, posters and seasonal greeting cards for nearby mom-and-pop shops, restaurants and hostess clubs, Kazama and his staff ...

A fortunate life among hot springs

| May 22, 2013

A fortunate life among hot springs

Kazuhiro Shiraishi, 66, is a guest-house manager in the Izu-kogen Highlands, a famous resort area on the Izu Peninsula of Shizuoka Prefecture. Looking out onto the Pacific Ocean, and just 90 minutes by train from Tokyo, Izu has a warm climate all year round ...

Edoya Nekohachi entertains with animal voices

| Apr 24, 2013

Edoya Nekohachi entertains with animal voices

Animal mimicry artist Edoya Nekohachi, 63, is a third-generation Japanese performer whose precise renditions of hundreds of bird species' songs, as well as frog croaks, dog barks and dolphin whistles have been amusing audiences of all ages for more than 40 years.

Kite artist Tetsuya Kishida

| Mar 27, 2013

Kite artist Tetsuya Kishida

Japanese kite artist Tetsuya Kishida, 89, has been creating and flying kites since the age of 6. He used to be a salesman for the steel industry and he later sold bonsai. In his late 40s, he finally turned his hobby of painting kites ...