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Rob Gilhooly

Rob Gilhooly is an award-winning British photographer and writer whose work has appeared in publications around the globe, including the Guardian and New Scientist. He was formerly a staff writer at the Japan Times and has contributed as a freelance since 2002. In 2004, he obtained an MA in journalism. His website can be found at www.japanphotojournalist.com

For Rob Gilhooly's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

70, and still a catch

Jul 29, 2005

70, and still a catch

A man in a cap and Wellington boots is holding a glistening metal pick in one hand, a small lump of flesh in the other. And he's beckoning me over. "Hey, foreigner! Feast your eyes on this," he shouts. Under normal circumstances, I would probably ...

What price is heritage?

Jun 26, 2005

What price is heritage?

Landmark one day, parking lot the next -- that is the fate that seems about to befall an early 20th-century stone building in the heart of historic Shimoda, Shizuoka Prefecture. Nanzu Seihyojo -- thought to be the last ice-making plant of its kind in Japan ...

Tragedy and miracles on the same wave

May 29, 2005

Tragedy and miracles on the same wave

COLOMBO -- In Sri Lanka, it seems everyone has a tsunami story to tell. Wherever you go, from Jaffna in the north, Tricomalee in the east, Kalutara in the west and Hambantota in the south, people recount near-miraculous escapes and tragic, life-changing episodes. What characterizes ...

Aftershocks in Sri Lanka

May 29, 2005

Aftershocks in Sri Lanka

HAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka As the sun sets on another sultry Sri Lankan day, a small crowd gathers outside tent No. 68, home of Thuwan Rashid Kaseer and his three children. The 45-year-old carpenter is well known in the southern town of Hambantota for his ...

Japanese NGO in unique role

May 29, 2005

Japanese NGO in unique role

KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka -- Eight-year-old Koushigan Sivapalasundaram's day begins at 4:30 a.m. First up is homework, which is supervised by his mother, Jeyanthini, who watches over him while cradling his 6-month-old sister in one arm, and holding a meter-long stick in her free hand. An ...

Finds 'rewrite history'

Oct 27, 2002

Finds 'rewrite history'

SIEM REAP, Cambodia -- The recent unearthing of hundreds of Buddha statues at a temple in Cambodia's famed Angkor region has forced scholars to reassess theories regarding the final years of the Angkor civilization. Late last year, a team led by Japanese researchers from the ...

Who's winning the 'coca war'?

Jun 11, 2002

Who's winning the 'coca war'?

LA PAZ, Bolivia — On a hot December afternoon last year, 150 farmers in Chimore, a town in the Chapare region of central Bolivia, unloaded bananas and pineapples onto the Santa Cruz-Cochabamba highway. There was no market in sight and even if there was, ...

A cup of green tea in the jungle

Jun 11, 2002

A cup of green tea in the jungle

OKINAWA, Bolivia — Shiko Asato is glued to the TV set as NHK news shows the highlights from a recent sumo tournament. His wife Shizuko sets out cups of green tea, a plate of manju bean-paste buns and a couple of cans of nicely ...

'Gringo mayor' does local politics his way

Jun 11, 2002

'Gringo mayor' does local politics his way

PORONGO, Bolivia — Mike Bennett came to Bolivia 18 years ago looking for gold. And he found it. But as he searched the nation for the precious metal, the 46-year-old geologist from Staffordshire, England, also uncovered other treasures — Spanish, which he speaks fluently, ...

Celebrate football's field of dreams

Jun 5, 2002

Celebrate football's field of dreams

It's twenty minutes before England's opening World Cup game at Saitama Stadium and I'm sitting almost directly behind the goal, sacred posts that I'm hoping Michael Owen will tune his gold-plated radar into the moment he walks onto the pitch. Nervousness sets me off ...