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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

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

Jan 13, 2002

Fishy facts and figures

* The global fish harvest topped 120 million tons in 1998, a threefold increase over 1960. * Average per capita consumption of fisheries products worldwide has stood at around 16 kg per year since the 1970s. * Average per capita consumption in Japan in 1996 was ...

Still F.A.B. after all these years

Dec 26, 2001

Still F.A.B. after all these years

Almost four decades after taking off on the TV screen, "Thunderbirds are go" once more. When the British Broadcasting Corp. relaunched the hit '60s series just over a year ago, some 5 million viewers tuned in. Within a matter of weeks, a new generation of ...

Dec 16, 2001

From 'shashin' to snapshots

Shashin, the Japanese word that came to mean "photograph," was used quite differently when it first entered everyday language here. Derived from the two characters for "reflect" and "true," it arrived in the early Edo Period from China, where it was used to refer ...

Dec 16, 2001

From pinholes to pixels, photgraphy keeps evolving

The camera on a tripod outside Edward Levinson's countryside home in Chiba Prefecture is deceptive in its simplicity. It has no lens or viewfinder, no focusing dial, and no shutter-release button. "It's just an empty box," explains Levinson, sliding out the back and turning ...

Hell on four wheels

Nov 18, 2001

Hell on four wheels

It is a bad, humiliating start to the day. Usually, I can get from my office to the platform of JR Tamachi Station in about 10 minutes. Today it has taken just under 50 minutes. There have been no detours or serious mishaps. Today I ...

Nov 11, 2001

Trepanners open their minds with a hole in the head

Amanda Feilding spent four years searching for a surgeon to perform the operation. Several agreed, then backed out at the last minute, fearing the consequences if anything went wrong. Finally, she decided to do it herself. After administering a local anesthetic, she took out an electric ...

Nov 11, 2001

Japan's trepanning history is full of holes

In his 1967 study, "Prehistoric and Early History of Trepanation," Professor F.P. Lisowski of the University of Tasmania, Australia, cites the work of two anthropologists who suggested that trepanation might have been practiced in Japan. One of them, Michael Rykel, reported in 1962 on five ...

Oct 28, 2001

Kazuo Ishiguro: In praise of nostalgia as idealism

Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki in 1954, and at age 5 he moved with his parents to London, where he has lived ever since. In 1986, his second novel, "An Artist of the Floating World," was nominated for Britain's leading award for fiction, ...

10,000 views of Mount Fuji, rising through the steam

Oct 7, 2001

10,000 views of Mount Fuji, rising through the steam

The view from the bath is picture-perfect. Through the thick steam rising from the piping hot water, foothills dotted with lush pines and rolling fields of greens and gold give way to a turquoise-blue ocean. From the center rises Mount Fuji, its snow-dusted peak ...

Love, love them do

Sep 30, 2001

Love, love them do

Ask Kyoshi Matsushita about "Beatlemania" and he's far more likely to wax lyrical about Lucanidae, Silphidae, Scarabaedae and Dorcus titanus than John, Paul, George and Ringo. "They're cool, they're beautiful," the 32-year-old signwriter enthuses about his pinups as he strokes a fearsome-looking 120-mm-long rhinoceros beetle ...