Satoko Kawasaki

For Satoko Kawasaki's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Todai's traditions reflected in Hongo neighborhood

| Sep 7, 2016

Todai's traditions reflected in Hongo neighborhood

Hongo, an area in Tokyo’s Bunkyo Ward, is synonymous with Japan’s top academic institution, the University of Tokyo. Also known as Todai, the university, established in 1877 as the first national university in Japan, is not just a top institution but its green campus ...

Kamakura boasts ancient history, hip beaches

| May 3, 2016

Kamakura boasts ancient history, hip beaches

Kamakura, an ancient capital city during the Kamakura Period (1185-1333), may not be as popular as Kyoto, but it is one of the few places near Tokyo where visitors can explore the nation’s ancient history. Currently major tourist draws, the Great Buddha statue, Tsurugaoka ...

Tokyo Tower, an enduring tourist landmark

| Mar 1, 2016

Tokyo Tower, an enduring tourist landmark

Tokyo Tower may no longer be the tallest structure in Japan, nor a full-fledged broadcasting tower, as Tokyo Skytree now holds that joint title. But it is still one of the most popular places for tourists to visit and an icon of the capital, ...

Shibamata offers a step back into a Tora-san time warp

| Jun 2, 2015

Shibamata offers a step back into a Tora-san time warp

Tokyo’s Shibamata district has preserved much of its townscape, which is reminiscent of old downtown Tokyo. The Katsushika Ward district located in the eastern-most part of Tokyo, a 20-minute train ride from Asakusa Station on the Keisei Line, is perhaps best known as the ...