Stephanie Gartelman

For Stephanie Gartelman's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Jun 30, 2002

Ramen reborn as noodles nouveaux

Could ramen, Japan’s answer to the greasy spoon, go gourmet? It started out simple — this dish of Chinese-style noodles in soup was conjured up by cooks in Yokohama’s Chinatown in the 1920s. Its present association with drab 24-hour diners and poor nutrition gives ...

Feb 10, 2002

A true poet of the people ...

Coming soon to a sidewalk near you is one of Japan’s most original street artists, Hiromitsu Noriyasu, along with his growing cult of fans. The spirited 34-year-old has covered more than 16,000 km over the past seven months on his bicycle tour of Japan, ...

Jan 13, 2002

Fukuoka fish are jumping

FUKUOKA — First-time visitors to this sunny city are often told with a certain friendly belligerence that Fukuoka’s seafood is the best in Japan. Usually, just a glimpse of its sparkling harbor and rugged natural coastline is enough to whet their appetite to test ...

Green tourism: where town and country meet

Oct 14, 2001

Green tourism: where town and country meet

Ajimu in Oita Prefecture isn’t exactly a major tourist destination. Yes, it has luxuriant fields and picturesque farmhouses boasting unusual basque-relief paintings called kote-e, but most visitors spend a half-day at most in Ajimu, perusing its stone Buddhist carvings or the African Safari nature ...

Sep 9, 2001

Still healthy, after all these years

FUKUOKA — Passing your twilight years in Japan used to entail long days of contemplation and an austere diet of tofu. Sound dull? The good news is that doctors these days recommend an active social life for a happy, healthy old age. The bad ...

Natural resources

Aug 19, 2001

Natural resources

FUKUOKA — More than 100 years of mining has given the town of Tagawa, Fukuoka Prefecture, a masculine, working-class character, with widespread associations of gangs and violent crime. Abandoned concrete plants and mines line its hilly outskirts, and a coat of dust covers its ...

Activists in the name of art

Aug 19, 2001

Activists in the name of art

FUKUOKA — “Art doesn’t have to last forever — otherwise it’s like a topic that’s discussed to death,” says Takahiro Ogata, an architect involved in Fukuoka’s annual Tomyo Watching event. The organizers, nonprofit organization Museum City Project, have kept Fukuoka’s citizens on their toes ...

If at first you don't succeed . . .

Aug 5, 2001

If at first you don't succeed . . .

FUKUOKA — Divorce and remarriage have been possible in Japan since feudal times, though until recently shame and social stigma ensured that few unhappy couples formalized their differences — let alone took the plunge again. For women, in particular, divorce was often a fast ...

Jul 29, 2001

Shochu appeal goes supersonic

FUKUOKA — Kyushu folk are feeling quite tickled about something at the moment: a shochu boom in bars around Japan. The surging popularity of this once-lowbrow spirit, which originated in Kyushu, suggests that its old-fogy image may be disappearing for good and that lucrative ...

Fukuoka's 'Asian' flavor

Jun 17, 2001

Fukuoka's 'Asian' flavor

FUKUOKA — B day Fukuoka shows a sleek, modern face to the world, but when the sun goes down its complexion changes to something more timeless and intriguing as nearly 200 wooden yatai (food stalls) are towed into its downtown area. The tightly shut ...