Aug 19, 2001

So what's your angle?

Yukihiro Yoshihara’s “Technoetic Trees” is one of the few artworks on the Oedo Line located away from the ticket gates of the station. Yukihiro Yoshihara talking about his piece, “Technoetic Trees” Which is probably just as well. To appreciate the three identical sculptures that ...

Aug 5, 2001

A funny thing happened on the way . . .

It was a sunny June afternoon in northern Japan, and the perfect setting for a wedding reception: an airy room with large French windows opening onto a garden; mountains of flowers and a cake with more tiers than a Balinese rice field. Then, one ...

Jul 24, 2001

Signs of the cross in China

LOU GUAN TAI, China There is only one way into the pagoda, through a small window 10 meters above ground. Climbing the walls would likely land me behind bars: The building is around 1,300 years old and leans as prominently as the Tower of ...

Jul 24, 2001

Religious sites, relics indicate Christ beat Buddha to Japan

In 1949, former Kyoto University professor Sakae Ikeda wrote a letter in a Japanese newspaper requesting help. “Whoever may want to help reintroduce Nestorianism . . . to Japan . . . is requested to write me,” the letter pleads. An engraving on a ...

Master of a dying art

Jul 15, 2001

Master of a dying art

In order to stay true to his art, James Wright prefers to keep a low profile; to blend in with his surroundings. But in his adopted Matsubushi, a rural town in Saitama Prefecture, the fair-haired, 180-cm Scot would seem to be fighting a losing ...

Comic ambassadors

Jul 15, 2001

Comic ambassadors

A rather naive man decides to nip off to Hokkaido to enjoy the Sapporo Snow Festival without booking a place to stay. Wandering the snowy streets, he eventually comes across a solution to his problem — a love hotel. This is a scene from ...

Confessions of a 'queen'

Jul 8, 2001

Confessions of a 'queen'

Karen’s father never had any reason to go into her bedroom closet. Whenever he stayed at his daughter’s Tokyo apartment while on business trips, she always told him not to bother putting away the futon in the morning and unfailingly reminded him not to ...

Men in suits spell air-con office woe

Jul 1, 2001

Men in suits spell air-con office woe

It’s summer. Get ready for the big chill. It may be 32 degrees outside and shirt-drenchingly humid, but for some people this is the season for frozen fingers, sore throats, headaches and a host of other nasty niggles. Reibo-byo (air-conditioning syndrome) is a common ...

All in a (24-hour) day's work

Jun 24, 2001

All in a (24-hour) day's work

I’ve barely sat down with Ken Joseph Jr. and taken a sip of my coffee when his cellphone rings. “I think I have AIDS,” the male caller says. “What makes you think that?” Joseph asks. “Because I have a sore throat and my glands ...

Jun 24, 2001

An A-Z of helping out

Many foreign residents in Japan with a genuine desire to take part in volunteer activities probably stumble at the same hurdle: where to find out what options are available. “The Volunteering Directory,” compiled and published by the nonprofit organization Foreign Executive Women, holds the ...