Makoto Sekiya

For Makoto Sekiya's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Disabled artists carving out niche in Japan

Jun 25, 2014

Disabled artists carving out niche in Japan

A growing number of people with disabilities are winning recognition artistically and commercially as their works of art and design find their way into more galleries and shops. Last November, the Hikarie shopping mall in Shibuya held an exhibition and sale of artworks produced ...

Fukushima disabled are crafting hit products

Mar 21, 2014

Fukushima disabled are crafting hit products

People with disabilities living in Fukushima Prefecture are doing their best to promote the area by making craft goods that are proving popular both at home and overseas. Before the 2011 disasters and subsequent nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant, a ...

Swedish music therapy method for aged strikes chord in nursing homes

Jan 9, 2014

Swedish music therapy method for aged strikes chord in nursing homes

An increasing number of nursing homes are introducing a Swedish therapeutic method that enables elderly people to play music. Developed by Swedish music therapist Sten Bunne, 64, for elderly people, children and the disabled in 1980, the unique method overcomes physical difficulties and has ...

Kotobuki slum slowly cleaning up its act

Dec 8, 2007

Kotobuki slum slowly cleaning up its act

In the summer of 1992, Tomoko Yatsukura, then a sophomore at Tokyo Woman’s Christian University, visited the Kotobuki-cho area in Yokohama’s Naka Ward and was so shocked she asked herself, “Is this really Japan?” For the 36-year-old Yatsukura, who was born and raised in ...

Jan 10, 2002

Astronaut extols virtues of aerobics

Mamoru Mohri is known as Japan’s first payload specialist and was a crew member aboard the U.S. shuttle Endeavor on its first space flight in 1992, but what is less well known is his enthusiasm for aerobics. His first encounter with aerobics dates back ...