Wilson Whyte

For Wilson Whyte's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Tom-san, the big man in kids' soccer

Dec 5, 2009

Tom-san, the big man in kids' soccer

So who is the most famous soccer coach in Japan? Well, it could be Japan team coach Takeshi Okada or maybe Gamba Osaka’s Akira Nishino. On the other hand, it may be someone many adults have never heard of: Tom-san. “It’s sometimes embarrassing,” says ...

A passion for food, cars and aikido

Jun 13, 2009

A passion for food, cars and aikido

You probably don’t know where Ushigome is. Like many areas within Tokyo’s Yamanote Line, it is somewhat anonymous — the kind of place where you expect to find nothing of interest and where the local people, as if oblivious to the size of the ...

Kyoji Yamamoto leaves all inhibitions behind

Apr 18, 2009

Kyoji Yamamoto leaves all inhibitions behind

Kyoji Yamamoto is probably the most famous rock guitarist in Japan. As leader of the groups Bowwow and Vow Wow, he has performed around the world, lived in the U.K. and the United States and played with some of the best musicians on the ...

Car crazy and lovin' the fast lane

Jan 31, 2009

Car crazy and lovin' the fast lane

Simon Sproule appreciates the benefits of globalization. “The world has globalized so much since I left the U.K. in 1998 that I can get access to British media or Marmite on toast almost anywhere, anytime,” he says, referring to the popular yeast extract spread. ...

Jan 10, 2009

Former J. League coach still dreams of life in Japan

EXETER, England — Steve Perryman is as London as you can get — born in London, grew up in London, played soccer in London (Tottenham Hotspur). But now, he lives in Exeter in the southwest of England and dreams of Japan. “I want to ...