Justine Parker

For Justine Parker's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Home alone

May 27, 2008

Home alone

When Web designer Soko Hirayama moved to Tokyo five months ago, she did not expect to be living solo. Originally from Fukuoka in Kyushu Prefecture, the 26-year-old had spent the previous eight years in Washington D.C., living mostly in share houses, and hoped to ...

Pecha Kucha! Ping! Monozukuri gets hot!

Apr 15, 2008

Pecha Kucha! Ping! Monozukuri gets hot!

Good things come from small packagers, according to new online design magazine PingMag MAKE. The Web site delves into the Japanese art of monozukuri (“making things”), a broad concept encompassing anything from traditional fabric-dyeing techniques to luxury-luggage design or the latest feat of robotics. ...

An outside eye on Japan

Apr 15, 2008

An outside eye on Japan

In a nation traditionally seen as a monoculture, there’s a multinational range of flowers blooming in Japan’s current cultural crop. In the last several years there has been an influx of foreign-born creators — whether architects, designers or writers — and they are thriving ...

Apr 3, 2008

Kazunori Kumagai: Tap Secret

Tokyo’s Aoyama Round Theater April 8 and 9, 7 p.m. Tap star Kazunori Kumagai has his feet on solid ground as he prepares his latest show in Tokyo. The 31-year-old dancer has just touched down in Japan after his first visit to Africa and ...