Expert laments Japan's limits on craft beer culture

| Nov 27, 2012

Expert laments Japan's limits on craft beer culture

Ry Beville’s love of craft beer has developed into an occupation in which he publishes Japan’s only bilingual craft beer magazine. With the quarterly Japan Beer Times launched in 2010, Beville, 37, from Richmond, Virginia, says he wants to help spread the microbrewing culture ...

Kids from Tohoku get some Christmas cheer

Nov 15, 2012

Kids from Tohoku get some Christmas cheer

Elementary school children from the Tohoku region and Tokyo gathered Wednesday at a Tokyo hotel to decorate Christmas trees with sweets to cheer up young survivors of the March 11, 2011, disasters. Sixteen kids from Tokyo and five from Tohoku completed four small Christmas ...

Print engineer slows down international nomad

| Nov 13, 2012

Print engineer slows down international nomad

Nara native Atsushi Takagi and Mihaela Serbulea from Bucharest met in 2003 when Mihaela gave a lecture on SARS for an international exchange organization in which Atsushi is a member. They hit it off at a social gathering after the lecture, when they found ...

Hotelier sees disaster bring out best in Japanese

| Sep 11, 2012

Hotelier sees disaster bring out best in Japanese

As a veteran of the tourism and hotel industries in Japan for more than two decades, Tony Virili says he will “never forget” what took place at one of his firm’s franchise hotels in Sendai on March 11, 2011. The 60-year-old Italian-Australian calls last ...

Kindergartners get language boost with English immersion program

Jul 31, 2012

Kindergartners get language boost with English immersion program

An American English teacher tells a class of 5-year-old Japanese children, each with a whiteboard and pen in hand: “Let’s write down the sentence, ‘I am hot.’ “ “Chris, put a space between ‘am’ and ‘hot’,” the teacher tells a boy, who follows the ...