Magdalena Osumi

For Magdalena Osumi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Celebrate Ooka in Chigasaki

Apr 17, 2014

Celebrate Ooka in Chigasaki

Stories of Ooka Tadasuke (1677-1751) have been passed down through generations. He was also known as Ooka Echizen, the governor of the province of Echizen, which was located in present-day Fukui Prefecture. At that time, he served under the eighth Tokugawa shogun, Yoshimune. A ...

This weekend, every dog can have its day

Apr 10, 2014

This weekend, every dog can have its day

Throughout history, dogs have played a key role in humans’ lives. In ancient times, some civilizations saw them as being linked to gods, others believed they could prevent death, and some saw their company as helpful in curing illnesses. Now regarded as pets, they ...

All aboard Chiba Prefecture's Lab Train

Mar 20, 2014

All aboard Chiba Prefecture's Lab Train

The easternmost point of the Kanto region in Chiba Prefecture offers panoramic views of the coastline with rugged towering cliffs that resemble those of Dover — one of England’s most recognizable landmarks. It’s a place that many visit to watch Japan’s first winter sunrise. ...

Chiba city asks dates to 'register' their love

Mar 12, 2014

Chiba city asks dates to 'register' their love

Under a campaign to promote the city as a comfortable environment for young couples, the city of Nagareyama, Chiba Prefecture, has been offering residents an opportunity to officially declare their love by submitting “koi-todoke” (love registration) forms. “This kind of project encouraging young people ...

Everyone is invited to enjoy art

Mar 6, 2014

Everyone is invited to enjoy art

Over thousands of years, Japanese art has evolved through many phases and genres — from pottery to sculpture, ink paintings to woodblock prints, manga to anime and much more. Although contemporary art is often thought of as conceptual and difficult to comprehend, it hasn’t ...