Get cultured in 'Little Edo'

Feb 22, 2008

Get cultured in 'Little Edo'

Kawagoe in Saitama Prefecture invites you to its unique cultural events on Feb. 28 in conjunction with the famous monthly antique market held at Naritasan Betsuin temple in the city. Kawagoe City is known as Ko-Edo (Little Edo) because the city has retained cultural ...

Up and away on a latte flight of fancy

| Feb 17, 2008

Up and away on a latte flight of fancy

It’s a clear Wednesday morning and I have a very good view through the windows of my Cessna 172. We took off from Chofu Airport in the western suburbs of Tokyo a few minutes ago. I am already 4,000 feet up in the sky ...

Jan 13, 2008

Fighting the flab and shaping up can also be a lot of fun

New Year’s resolution? “Doing more exercise,” you may say. Keeping in good shape or going on a diet are invariably popular new-year ambitions for thousands faced with rather too many inches to pinch after all those Christmas binges and huge o-shogatsu feasts in the ...

Soybean farming's rich harvest of exercise

Jan 13, 2008

Soybean farming's rich harvest of exercise

Called hatake no gyuniku (beef from the fields), soybeans are known for the healthy, high-protein punch they pack and their contribution to lowering cholesterol. In Japan, consumers are lucky enough to receive their benefits in many forms, including tofu, miso and natto. But the ...

Tokyo's real floating world

| Dec 16, 2007

Tokyo's real floating world

One interesting phenomenon this year has been the growing popularity of tours to such unlikely places as factories and old bridges, where grimy stone walls, rusting mazes of pipes and crumbling concrete constructions have become a lure for worshippers at the altar of brutalism. ...

Jobs journal reflects social change

Nov 25, 2007

Jobs journal reflects social change

Back in 1980 when the weekly job-seekers’ magazine Travail was launched, it was a social phenomenon that gave women the information they needed to independently switch jobs and build their careers. People even adopted the magazine’s title (which means “work” in French, and is ...

In hot water at the seaside

Oct 19, 2007

In hot water at the seaside

I’d heard about the “bath in the sea” in Aomori Prefecture, Honshu’s northernmost prefecture and a mere 600 km north of Tokyo. But this kaichuburo, as they call it in Japanese, isn’t about splashing in the waves; it’s a hot spring, and it’s named ...

Cellphone bards hit bestseller lists

Sep 23, 2007

Cellphone bards hit bestseller lists

Like many other young Japanese, Rin, 21, punches her mobile phone keys very quickly. Holding her phone with two hands, and moving her thumbs deftly and smoothly, she quickly generates sentences on the small screen. But unlike others, her main reason for typing on ...