Jul 22, 2001

The times they were a-changing

The 1960s and ’70s were not only the decades of heroes. A look back on news and incidents shows us how rapidly society was changing. Here are some examples. 1961: “Sudara-bushi (Sudara Song),” one of the year’s biggest hits, by comedian Hitoshi Ueki, depicted ...

Girls know what girls want

Jul 8, 2001

Girls know what girls want

At first glance, it looks like a small shop filled with hundreds of colorful fancy goods. A range of plastic creations rather like computer mice nestle on a shelf, waiting for small batteries to bring them to life, while a transparent cylindrical object stands ...

Summertime -- and the swimming is easy

Jul 1, 2001

Summertime -- and the swimming is easy

In the summertime, when the living’s easy but the coast seems just that bit too far away, there’s no shortage of pools for a cooling plunge or freshening frolic. Besides all the pricey health clubs and hotels ever ready to soak up your yen, ...

Born donors offer gift of life

Jun 24, 2001

Born donors offer gift of life

People can engage in voluntary work and make donations from a young age, but Takumi Shimizu had an unusally early head start: He made a potentially life-saving donation before he was a day old. An obstetrician collected the blood from Takumi’s umbilical cord right ...

Gourmet meals on wheels

Jun 17, 2001

Gourmet meals on wheels

Chris Takahashi spent years making dishes for some of the world’s most fussy eaters — New Yorkers. On returning to his home country a few years ago after 27 years away, instead of trying to slot into some kind of salaried position in a ...

Jun 10, 2001

Home buyers seek new designs for living

Man people dream of buying a brand-new home. In Japan, realizing that dream usually means settling for a factory-made house that looks like hundreds of its neighbors or a condominium that must be paid for even before it is built. Though the purchase may ...

Jun 10, 2001

Licca-chan dollhouse reflects realty reality

In 1967, it was a room with velvet sofas, a red rug and lacy white drapes. Through a large window, one could see a snow-covered mountain in the distance, and there was a swimming pool in the backyard. In 1974, it had become a ...

Jun 10, 2001

Land ownership trends transformed after economic bubble

In the past, ordinary Japanese lived in rented houses while their richer brethren built homes on land they bought or leased. But all that changed during the rapid economic growth of the 1960s and early ’70s, when the government actively promoted the sale of ...

What, you've been living in a cave or something?

May 27, 2001

What, you've been living in a cave or something?

French cave explorer Michell Siffre is a man with firsthand knowledge of the mechanics of sleep. At 23, he lived for two months in a glacial cave, 120 meters beneath the surface. Down there, in the perpetual dark, in the absence of environmental time ...

May 27, 2001

Warning: Snoring can be harmful to your health

The sound of snoring has long been regarded as a sign of deep, peaceful slumber. However, experts warn that snoring not only harms one’s own health but could also put the lives of others at risk. Your muscles relax when you sleep, but sometimes ...