Aug 26, 2001

Millions stranded with no way home

A major earthquake hits. Just as you’ve practiced in disaster drills, you evacuate. Making it to a safe place, you let out a small sigh of relief. But it’s not over yet. Now you’ve got to make your way home, perhaps through a devastated ...

Feet first!

Aug 12, 2001

Feet first!

Somewhere in the march of progress, we lost sight of our feet. Though there are cutting-edge running shoes incorporating space technology for maximum performance, many of us gladly choose low-tech gear in the name of style. We are willing fashion victims, but the damage ...

Nursing your house back to health

Jul 29, 2001

Nursing your house back to health

What can you do to protect yourself from sick-house syndrome? First, according to Koichi Ikeda of the Institute of Public Health in Tokyo, you should pay much more attention to ventilation in your home. “Try to open the windows more often to get fresh ...

Jul 29, 2001

The makings of a home, sick home

Air pollution isn’t restricted to areas with factories and heavy traffic. Though it may nestle in a rural idyll, your home itself could be a potent source of potentially harmful chemicals. The phenomenon of “sick-house syndrome,” caused by exposure to volatile chemicals given off ...

The song remains . . .

Jul 22, 2001

The song remains . . .

One of the biggest smash hit songs of the year, bellowed in karaoke rooms across the nation, is “Ashita ga Arusa.” Not one but three artists recorded cover versions of the song. First came a rock version from the super-genki rock band Ulfuls, which ...

Cheers and tears for souvenirs

Jul 22, 2001

Cheers and tears for souvenirs

Akihisa Shirota, 36, clearly remembers the evening of Oct. 14, 1974. A Yomiuri Giants-Chunichi Dragons pro-baseball game was on television. His father told him to sit in the seiza formal sitting position and watch it. It was baseball superstar Shigeo Nagashima’s last game. “I ...

Jun 15, 2001

Basics must still precede computer skills: teachers

While the government is actively promoting education on information technology starting in elementary school, some teachers question the wisdom of getting children started on computers at such an early age. “I often doubt if it is good for first-graders to learn drawing pictures on ...

May 31, 2001

New curriculum sees parents push English for infants

Second of two parts Staff writer Yukiko Wada left her Tochigi home at 8 a.m. one Saturday with her 2-year-old daughter, Hinami. While their journey to Tokyo’s Eifuku-cho in Suginami Ward seemed a bit long, it became worthwhile when they encountered an American acquaintance ...

| May 30, 2001

Elementary school teachers to run English gantlet

Offering English language education in an entertaining, communicative way sounds just fine. In theory. So does having foreign language classes aimed at broadening interest in other cultures. Elementary school teachers from across the country receive a lesson in English-teaching methods at a branch of ...

May 6, 2001

All is not lost with youth, beautician, 90, reminds women

The trouble with Japanese women in their understanding of beauty, according to one veteran beautician, is their obsession with youthfulness — true beauty shines through regardless of age. This adage sounds most convincing coming from May Ushiyama, a beautician who is still active at ...