Thomasina Larkin

For Thomasina Larkin's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Bringing books, schools to the world's children

Dec 15, 2007

Bringing books, schools to the world's children

Immediately after meeting John Wood and hearing the story of his Room to Read program, I was reminded of one of my favorite childhood books. Though he isn’t prone to wearing green leotards or stealing from the rich, this modern-day Robin Hood acquires donations ...

| Oct 31, 2007

Whole worlds inside the screen

With a population of Net-cafe refugees in Japan reported in August to be 5,400, and the recent demise of a 28-year-old South Korean, identified as Lee, who reportedly died after playing an online computer game for 50 hours straight, many are wondering what online ...

Avoid the chemically impaired

Oct 30, 2007

Avoid the chemically impaired

Anyone who has cruised around a Japanese supermarket or the basement of a department store has no doubt feasted their eyes on the robust, red and super-shiny apples at about ¥1,000 a pop. Whatever the price, they’re supposed to keep the doctor away — ...

| Oct 24, 2007

Nova gets the Web talking

Ah, the wonderful world of blogging, where people from all walks of life and all corners of the globe find a forum to have their voices heard. This week, let’s take a peek into the goings on of Nova, Japan’s largest English school company, ...

Shining on after the darkness of death

Oct 13, 2007

Shining on after the darkness of death

In July 2005, Kim Forsythe lost her 2-year-old son, Tyler, to acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Even before that time, she had begun to realize how the emotions she was experiencing could be turned into something positive, something that could ease the pain of Tyler’s passing ...