Texan's magic transforms verandas

| Apr 17, 2012

Texan's magic transforms verandas

When you step out onto the veranda of Theodore Jennings’ penthouse apartment in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district, it almost feels like you’re on vacation in some other location — be it New York or some European resort. “A lot of people tell me that. They ...

Architect builds bridge to Thai wife

| Apr 10, 2012

Architect builds bridge to Thai wife

Yoichi Kubota, a scholar in environmental planning and design, met Patmakorn Suntharothok, who was to become his future wife, for the first time when she was studying business management in the United States 12 years ago. Pat (short for Patmakorn) happened to be researching ...

Polish envoy comes to terms with 3/11 via noh

| Apr 3, 2012

Polish envoy comes to terms with 3/11 via noh

Jadwiga Rodowicz-Czechowska, Poland’s ambassador to Japan, says she was utterly heartbroken when she witnessed the catastrophe caused by the earthquake and tsunami that hit Tohoku last March. “I couldn’t stand being witness to this tragedy. I felt at the time (I was) not only ...

Emmert shares beauty, power of noh dramas with a wider audience

Mar 24, 2012

Emmert shares beauty, power of noh dramas with a wider audience

Richard Emmert has endeavored for decades to share the beauty and power of noh with English-speaking audiences and performers through “English noh.” Emmert, a Tokyo resident of nearly 40 years and artistic director of an international English noh theater company, wants its members to ...

Sansei's pursuit of love overcomes distance

| Mar 13, 2012

Sansei's pursuit of love overcomes distance

Dale Araki is a third-generation Japanese-American who spent most of his childhood in Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina before settling in San Francisco. It was there in 1977 that he first met Shoko, who was to become his future wife. They enrolled in ...

Culture ensnares Czech Japanophile

| Jan 31, 2012

Culture ensnares Czech Japanophile

Petr Holy, who over the past two decades has spent a considerable amount of his time learning the Japanese language and culture, is now in return trying to spread the culture of his home country, the Czech Republic, throughout Japan. As director of the ...

Troupe takes Japanese folk tales abroad

Jan 24, 2012

Troupe takes Japanese folk tales abroad

A Tokyo-based actors’ group working to spread Japanese folk culture abroad is now helping the Japanese-Brazilian community preserve the culture of their ancestors. Last year, the group Mari Mari set up a “Japanese Theater Delivery” program mainly for Japanese-Brazilian audiences in both Brazil and ...

Quake workers bolstered by training

Dec 27, 2011

Quake workers bolstered by training

Following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku, staff members of the Tokyo-based nonprofit organization Tokyo English Life Line felt they needed to help not only the survivors, but also the volunteers, NGO and welfare workers who supported the hard-hit people in the ...

Volunteers' hugs warm tsunami-hit Ofunato

Dec 24, 2011

Volunteers' hugs warm tsunami-hit Ofunato

When the March 11 earthquake and tsunami hit northeastern Japan, numerous volunteer organizations rushed to help the survivors with basic necessities like food and clothing. As the months passed, they found that the needs of the survivors were changing with time. A group named ...