Sept. 11 volunteer organizer aims to 'pay it back' to Japan

Sep 8, 2011

Sept. 11 volunteer organizer aims to 'pay it back' to Japan

As Charlie Vitchers looks back over the last decade and remembers nine months overseeing the cleanup of the World Trade Center after the Sept. 11 , 2001, terrorist attacks, he vividly recalls countless examples of selflessness during New York City’s darkest hours. As the ...

Decision to leave N.Y. for Japan 'right,' Keene says

Aug 24, 2011

Decision to leave N.Y. for Japan 'right,' Keene says

Donald Keene, a prominent Japanese literature scholar, has mixed emotions about permanently leaving his Manhattan home for Tokyo, where he aims to become a citizen. “I will be very, very sorry to leave New York, but I still think my decision is the right ...

N.Y. yoga class raises funds for disaster relief

Jul 29, 2011

N.Y. yoga class raises funds for disaster relief

Drenched in perspiration, Megan Miller Yoo and about a dozen other students were pushing themselves to new limits during a special Sunday yoga session at a Manhattan studio. Stretching their muscles and testing their flexibility, they intently followed the instructor moving through 26 prescribed ...

Apr 13, 2011

Buddhist priest uses 9/11 experience to help victims

After the March 11 quake jolted the Tohoku region and deadly tsunami swept away coastal towns, New York-based Buddhist priest T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki shifted into gear, drawing from work with locals after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks a decade ago to initiate memorials ...

Mar 3, 2011

Photographer gives focus to war survivors

NEW YORK — For professional photographer Paule Saviano, a chance visit to a gallery in Tokyo set in motion a project spanning more than three years, taking him from the United States to Japan and then to Germany to capture images of World War ...

N.Y. model puts heart into Valentine's Day delights

Feb 13, 2011

N.Y. model puts heart into Valentine's Day delights

NEW YORK — With an artistic flair and a passion for chocolate, Kanami Kawaguchi, a Manhattan-based Japanese fashion model, is creating her latest concoctions in time for the Valentine’s Day rush. While her full-time job in New York is as a fashion model who ...

Club Kanazawa aims for unique tourism pitch

Feb 10, 2011

Club Kanazawa aims for unique tourism pitch

NEW YORK — A group representing artists, businesses and promoters from Japan recently launched Club Kanazawa, a membership program — with concierge services — highlighting the ancient Japanese city’s assets to entice American and other international tourists to visit. “Our goal is to plant ...

Holocaust survivor believes in fate

Jan 13, 2011

Holocaust survivor believes in fate

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — Holocaust survivor Samuil Manski believes strongly in fate, having been in the right place at the right time after fleeing Europe with a visa granted by a Japanese diplomat before ending up in Boston. “How can you not believe in fate?” ...

Women in N.Y. film wins award

Nov 7, 2010

Women in N.Y. film wins award

NEW YORK — Kyoko Gasha, a Reuters TV reporter, has won a prestigious award from media professionals for her documentary about Japanese women living in New York. “Mother’s Way, Daughter’s Choice” depicts professional women who have decided to carve out lives for themselves in ...

Focus more on poorest children: UNICEF chief

Sep 25, 2010

Focus more on poorest children: UNICEF chief

NEW YORK — As executive director of the United Nations Children’s Fund, Anthony Lake is a fierce defender of children — especially the poorest and most marginalized — and believes they should be a focal point as world leaders gather in New York to ...