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 ...

Jul 30, 2010

Ban to push antinuke goal at Hiroshima, Nagasaki

NEW YORK — U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said Wednesday he hopes to utilize his upcoming visits to Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombings to push forward his goal of realizing a world free of nuclear arms. “During ...

Jul 20, 2010

NGO utilizes music to improve lives in Vietnam

NEW YORK — A nongovernmental organization led by a New York-based Tokyo native is striving to use music as a means to improve the lives of people in trouble spots around the world. Tomo Nomura, who recently organized a concert to raise funds for ...