Komaki Niregane

For Komaki Niregane's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Female priest's service stretches back five decades

Jan 23, 2014

Female priest's service stretches back five decades

Hinonishi Koson, chief priest of Chugu Temple in the ancient town of Ikaruga, Nara Prefecture, has served at the temple for more than five decades. “I must be the happiest person in the world as I am allowed to live each day in the ...

Headdress artist aims for long-lasting laughs

Oct 21, 2013

Headdress artist aims for long-lasting laughs

Chappy Okamoto, 46, claims to be the only artist in the world who can make what he calls “kaburimono” — a mask or headdress. The item is made of a single sheet of paper or urethane and instantly becomes a mask or headdress once ...

Nara researcher finds oldest weights in Japan

Aug 19, 2013

Nara researcher finds oldest weights in Japan

Archaeologist Susumu Morimoto recently made a landmark discovery that could change today’s views of Japan’s ancient measuring system and of the Yayoi Period (300 B.C. to 300). The head of the International Cooperation Section at the Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties discovered ...