| Jan 29, 2009

Author/physician Shigeaki Hinohara

At the age of 97 years and 4 months, Shigeaki Hinohara is one of the world’s longest-serving physicians and educators. Hinohara’s magic touch is legendary: Since 1941 he has been healing patients at St. Luke’s International Hospital in Tokyo and teaching at St. Luke’s ...

Author/physician Shigeaki Hinohara

| Jan 29, 2009

Author/physician Shigeaki Hinohara

At the age of 97 years and 4 months, Shigeaki Hinohara is one of the world’s longest-serving physicians and educators. Hinohara’s magic touch is legendary: Since 1941 he has been healing patients at St. Luke’s International Hospital in Tokyo and teaching at St. Luke’s ...

Wildlife attendant Pat Kim

| Jan 15, 2009

Wildlife attendant Pat Kim

Pat Kim is a wildlife attendant at the Hyatt Regency Guam, where she takes care of the exotic birds in the hotel’s gardens. Since the arrival of a flock of baby parrots in Guam 15 years ago, Kim’s been a virtual mom to them, ...

Koji Murofushi

| Dec 30, 2008

Koji Murofushi

Koji Murofushi, 34, is a two-time Olympic medalist hammer thrower — with a gold at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and a bronze in Beijing this year — and the Asian record holder at 84.86 meters (2003). He’s been a national champion 14 times ...

Handwriting expert Koshu Morioka

| Dec 23, 2008

Handwriting expert Koshu Morioka

Koshu Morioka, 75, is the founder of the Japan Graphologist Association and the nation’s foremost authority on the study and analysis of handwriting. Morioka started out as a psychologist, until his love of calligraphy eventually drew him to graphology. In his illustrious 30-year career, ...

Ruth Hetcamp

| Nov 25, 2008

Ruth Hetcamp

Ruth Hetcamp, 75, is the founder of Tokyo Inochi-no-Denwa (Lifeline), Japan’s first telephone counseling service. Ruth moved to Japan from Germany in 1960 to offer face-to-face counseling to working girls in Tokyo’s red-light districts. In time, she recognized the potential of a confidential, anonymous ...

Comedian Esper Ito

| Nov 11, 2008

Comedian Esper Ito

Comedian Esper Ito is famous for putting millions of TV viewers — and even Japan’s funniest entertainers — in stitches. Wrapped in a gold cape and sporting red tights, he cuts a tragicomic figure, a court jester who’s never afraid of risking bodily harm ...

Paul and Neeta Daswani

| Oct 28, 2008

Paul and Neeta Daswani

Paul (61) and Neeta (60) Daswani are the owners of Sati’s, a legendary clothing store in Okinawa City in the center of Okinawa Island. Since 1978, Sati’s has been a one-stop shopping haven for hot tailor-made suits with cool matching accessories. Here beach bums ...

Vivienne Sato

| Sep 23, 2008

Vivienne Sato

Vivienne Sato is a unique cultural concierge in Tokyo, full of the lowdown on both high art and mass culture. Vivi knows what and who’s happening in the city 24/365, and if she’s present, the party is on till the wee-wee hours. Always dressed ...

Tatsuo Asakura

| Sep 9, 2008

Tatsuo Asakura

Tatsuo Asakura, 29, is a driver on the Flower Nagai Line, a tiny one-car train in the middle of Yamagata Prefecture’s rice and wheat fields. Although it’s the only form of transportation for school children and the elderly who live in farmhouses scattered around ...