Hack, slash and hew — all with Zen in mind

Apr 27, 2008

Hack, slash and hew — all with Zen in mind

As hobbies go, you might describe mine as, well, quite bloodthirsty. While some prefer to play tennis, my bent is to annihilate at least 43 people on a weekly basis. My accomplice in this hideous crime is a mid-17th century, razor-sharp shinken (real sword). ...

Seeing is disbelieving

| Mar 16, 2008

Seeing is disbelieving

One, two, skip. Three, four, jump. Five, six, do a back flip. Seven, eight, now break dance. To be a hip and funky Double Dutch performer, you have to have a sense of rhythm, nimble feet and the courage to throw your body about ...

Change the channel of your sexual energy

Mar 7, 2008

Change the channel of your sexual energy

The ancient Chinese practice of Taoism tells us that “sexual energy is not just about sex!” That’s perhaps a bit hard to swallow in today’s day and age, when this basic human instinct often gets a bad rap as being dirty and sordid. But ...

Laugh yourself healthy

Feb 22, 2008

Laugh yourself healthy

‘I want to open 1 million laughter clubs around the world in the next 10 years in the hope of bringing about world peace.” These are the words of Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of Laughter Yoga, a popular form of yoga that has tickled ...

Tokyo Players bring N.Y. comedy to town

Feb 15, 2008

Tokyo Players bring N.Y. comedy to town

The dearth of good comedy in English in Tokyo will be relieved in a few weeks’ time, when Tokyo International Players — a 100-percent volunteer-run company that has been entertaining theatergoers since 1896 — will present “The Plaza Suite” at Akasaka V Theater. And ...

Let loose nature's way to tone body and soul

Jan 13, 2008

Let loose nature's way to tone body and soul

Ha-ha, funny isn’t it, but Laughter Yoga has nothing to do with telling jokes. In fact, humor plays no part in this unusual form of the ancient Hindu discipline. Here, laughter has to be unconditional. But, shame to say, it was the innocent appeal ...

Young artists kick off 2008

Jan 4, 2008

Young artists kick off 2008

Budding artists need to be given a chance to show the world what they have got. Design Festa offers just this. Ever since it started in 1994, this twice-yearly event has been open to artists from all over the world to exhibit their talent. ...

Ocean of wit and wisdoms

| Dec 2, 2007

Ocean of wit and wisdoms

Lhamo Thondup was born on July 6, 1935 in Taktster, a small village in the Amdo region of northeast Tibet. But neither his parents — farmers who grew barley, buckwheat and potatoes — nor his three elder brothers and one elder sister (a younger ...

Plight of Tibetan orphans

Nov 23, 2007

Plight of Tibetan orphans

“Open Your Heart,” a charity exhibition that includes photos from Tibet, France and Japan, will take place in Kamakura from Dec. 1 to 9 to aid the plight of Tibetan orphans. The exhibition opens with a musical event featuring Tibetan dancers, a biwa (Japanese ...

Nov 20, 2007

Dalai Lama hits East's consumer craze

The Dalai Lama indicated Monday in an interview that he had set a budding democratic process in motion in Tibet that was effectively doomed by China’s invasion in the early 1950s. “Even when I was in Tibet around 1952, I started some changes that ...