Satoko Kawasaki

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

Bustling Shinjuku, the inn district that never sleeps

| Jan 5, 2014

Bustling Shinjuku, the inn district that never sleeps

Tokyo’s Shinjuku district never goes to sleep. Centered around a gigantic complex of railway terminals used by a mind-boggling 3.5 million commuters daily, Shinjuku has everything a megalopolis needs — world-class skyscrapers, shopping and night-time entertainment spots. Shinjuku traces its roots back 300 years ...

Tsukiji's final days

| Nov 3, 2013

Tsukiji's final days

Tsukiji, Japan’s largest and busiest fish market, has sold fresh marine produce for more than half a century. Tourists the world over show up at dawn to get a glimpse of its busy fishmongers at work in Chuo Ward, Tokyo. With fish coming in ...

Photos by Tohoku's elderly on show

Mar 9, 2013

Photos by Tohoku's elderly on show

Aiming to draw attention to the daily lives of the tsunami-hit northeast, an exhibition of photographs taken by residents of Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, began Friday in Tokyo, featuring their daily lives after the tragic twin disasters. Titled “Otsuchi no Takarabako” (“A Treasure Box of ...

Store debuts Zambia bamboo bikes

Feb 15, 2012

Store debuts Zambia bamboo bikes

A bicycle shop in Tokyo’s Harajuku district has started selling bikes with bamboo frames made in Zambia, hoping riders hop on. F.I.G bike’s Harajuku branch earlier this month began selling the unique Zambikes, produced by social venture firm Zambikes established by Americans and local ...

Park preserves home of old zaibatsu family

| Dec 17, 2010

Park preserves home of old zaibatsu family

In the nearly 80-hectare Koganei Park in the western Tokyo suburb of Koganei stands a house that once belonged to the 11th head of the famed Mitsui zaibatsu. The home of Takakimi Mitsui (1895-1992), who is also known as Hachirouemon Mitsui, is one of ...

Kiun-kaku, a touch of elegance in Atami

| Nov 19, 2010

Kiun-kaku, a touch of elegance in Atami

About 40 minutes from Tokyo by bullet train, the city of Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture, has long been a popular hot spa spot, attracting some 3 million visitors a year. A roughly 10,000-sq.-meter compound with stately mansions and a garden, built and expanded by three ...

Diplomat's House a Victorian original on Yamate bluff

| Oct 22, 2010

Diplomat's House a Victorian original on Yamate bluff

Just a five-minute walk from JR Ishikawacho Station on the Keihin-Tohoku Line, an old Victorian-style building known as the Diplomat’s House stands on a bluff overlooking Yokohama. The house’s owner was Sadatsuchi Uchida (1865-1942), a prominent diplomat during the Meiji and Taisho eras. The ...

Sankeien silk trader's legacy to the public

| Oct 8, 2010

Sankeien silk trader's legacy to the public

Sankeien, a traditional Japanese garden, is spread over a large area near Tokyo Bay in Yokohama’s Honmoku district. The entire 175,000-sq.-meter garden, which contains 12 precious old structures moved from Kyoto and Kamakura, used to be owned by silk industry tycoon Tomitaro Hara (1868-1939). ...