Mayumi Koyama

For Mayumi Koyama's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Spreading culture through cuisine

| Jan 21, 2015

Spreading culture through cuisine

“One of the easiest and most effective ways to understand a culture is through its food,” said Yoshiko Nishihama, owner of Zurich’s Nishi Shop, a store specializing in Japanese imports and an affiliated company of Japan Restaurant Bimi in Zurich. “That’s why, as representatives ...

Activities to ring in year of the sheep

Jan 1, 2015

Activities to ring in year of the sheep

Usually, the New Year holiday season in Japan is a time to spend with family and many people go back to their hometowns, while others stay indoors for television-watching marathons. Therefore, with the exception of some shopping areas, Tokyo is relatively quiet compared with ...

Fukui sake brand certified as kosher

Feb 18, 2014

Fukui sake brand certified as kosher

More than a dozen sake products from Katoukichibee Shoten have been certified as kosher, adhering to the strict food standards tailored for Jewish people. “This is only the beginning of promoting sake around the world,” Atsuhide Kato, the 11th-generation head of the sake brewer, ...

Craft exhibition thinks pink

Feb 25, 2011

Craft exhibition thinks pink

Love, work, leisure, study, giving birth and raising kids. These days a lot of responsibilities are heaped on women. It’s enough to make even the mightiest of super-women tired. On March 3, to celebrate the Japanese Doll Festival, Tokyo Joshi Project will hold an ...

Symposiums hope culture can remedy conflict in Asia

Feb 4, 2011

Symposiums hope culture can remedy conflict in Asia

When someone first arrives in Japan, how do they respond to the nation’s code of etiquette? Strictly adhering to traffic lights, humbly declining compliments and thanking people twice, learning the manners of a country is key to understanding its culture and getting along with ...

Jan 7, 2011

Photojournalist group show off their best

All across Japan people are ringing in the new year with visits to hometowns, prayers at temples and bowls of soba. It’s a good time to look ahead, but also a good time for looking back — that’s where the Tokyo Press Photographers Association ...