Michiru Yoshino

For Michiru Yoshino's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Kawasaki touts eco-technology

Feb 19, 2009

Kawasaki touts eco-technology

Having managed to clean up its once badly polluted skies through the application of advanced eco-friendly technology, Kawasaki is now trying to share its experience with other cities around the world. The city held the Kawasaki International ECO-Tech Fair 2009, a two-day event at ...

Nikko: spiritual highs, down-to-earth pleasures

Nov 30, 2007

Nikko: spiritual highs, down-to-earth pleasures

Located about 140 km north of Tokyo, the city of Nikko nestles in the mountains of western Tochigi Prefecture. Its three holy sites — Futarasan Shrine, Nikko Tosho-gu Shrine and Rinno-ji Temple — were collectively designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999. ...

Hirafu-Niseko's powder melts hearts

Nov 17, 2006

Hirafu-Niseko's powder melts hearts

There are many international-class skiing resorts in Hokkaido, but perhaps none to rival Hirafu-Niseko. Located roughly 100 km west of Sapporo, the area, which is especially popular among ski-loving Australians and expats, is home to three skiing areas: Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Higashiyama and Niseko ...

Tokyo music festival to celebrate Mozart

Mar 24, 2006

Tokyo music festival to celebrate Mozart

Whether you are a classical music beginner, a hardcore addict or just a trend-follower, head’s up! La Folle Journee au Japon Music Festival is coming to Tokyo during the Golden Week holidays and will be held from Saturday, April 29 to May 6. The ...

Jul 25, 2005

Preferred enters hotel fray in Japan

Despite the ongoing hotel war in Tokyo with many international hotels debuting, the chief of the Preferred Hotel Group in Chicago is optimistic about its expansion here. “Competition is healthy for the industry,” John Ueberroth said in a recent interview in Tokyo with The ...

Mar 7, 2005

High-end matchmaker finds Japan eligible for expansion

Chased by a busy schedule 24 hours a day, months and years pass until you suddenly notice that your encounters with the opposite sex are limited and you seldom have a chance of meeting a soul mate, let alone a spouse. Hiroko Ozawa, president ...

Loading bay to pleasure haven

Dec 24, 2004

Loading bay to pleasure haven

Originally home to a huge shipbuilding dock, Yokohama’s Minato Mirai 21 area is today a great attraction for day and nighttime visitors alike. The “21″ of Minato Mirai’s name stands for the 21st century, but plans to redevelop the coastal area were underway by ...