Sang Woo Kim

For Sang Woo Kim's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

'Crowdfunding' readers back 'library bar,' request a book each

Jun 13, 2014

'Crowdfunding' readers back 'library bar,' request a book each

When 30-year-old book lover Shunsuke Mori decided to open a “library bar” in Tokyo, he took a leap of faith to solicit funds over the Internet. Through the process of “crowdfunding,” Mori aimed to collect funds from people interested in contributing to his unique ...

The world could be your oyster in Aichi

Jun 12, 2014

The world could be your oyster in Aichi

In Peru, the largest Incan festival, Inti Raymi (Festival of Sun), takes place on June 25 in honor of Inti, the sun god. In Japan, those in Aichi Prefecture on June 14 and 15 can celebrate, too, by enjoying performances by the Andean folk ...

Students take worldly approach to study abroad

Jun 6, 2014

Students take worldly approach to study abroad

A University of Tokyo student set to spend a year as an exchange student in Illinois this summer doesn’t think English skill is the only thing that matters when going to the United States. He thinks curiosity, knowledge and a spirit of adventure also ...

Light up the night with a firefly festival

Jun 5, 2014

Light up the night with a firefly festival

Fireflies, known as hotaru in Japan, have inspired numerous artists and writers, including Haruki Murakami, whose short story “Firefly” was later adapted into the first part of his best-seller “Norwegian Wood.” In the real world, however, fireflies are sadly in decline, as their natural ...

FIFA World Cup 2014 brings the fun to Tokyo

May 30, 2014

FIFA World Cup 2014 brings the fun to Tokyo

When you’re on the other side of the world finding a place to watch World Cup matches usually requires meticulous planning — from persuading friends with giant TV screens to let you join them, to preparing for an assault on your body clock. Flying ...

Aichi Prefecture is firing on all cylinders

May 22, 2014

Aichi Prefecture is firing on all cylinders

Among the different kinds of hanabi (fireworks) in Japan, the tezutsu hanabi is probably the one you really shouldn’t try at home. “Tezutsu” means “hand-held,” and a tezutsu hanabi cylindrical cartridge is made of a hollowed out bamboo tube, which is wrapped in rope ...

Couple care for Tama cats cast off by society

May 16, 2014

Couple care for Tama cats cast off by society

Back in 1990, while taking a stroll along the Tama River, photographer Osamu Konishi came upon a surreal scene: dozens of cats sitting amicably and quietly on the branches of a tree, almost like apples waiting to be picked, as well as on the ...

Design Festa vol. 39 celebrates 20 years of original creativity

May 15, 2014

Design Festa vol. 39 celebrates 20 years of original creativity

With so many designer goods now manufactured in large numbers, sometimes we forget that “design” stems from creativity and originality. “Design Festa” reminds us of that originality by offering spaces to around 10,000 artists, who are given free rein to display their artwork, handicrafts ...

Celebrate Okinawan culture at Tokyo's Yoyogi Park

May 8, 2014

Celebrate Okinawan culture at Tokyo's Yoyogi Park

In Okinawa Prefecture, soba is not a bowl of buckwheat noodles in a light broth — it is a helping of thick, white noodles served in a hot soup of pork-bone stock flavored with katsuobushi (dried skipjack tuna flakes). From foods to rituals, culture ...