Three cheers for the boys!

| Sep 16, 2007

Three cheers for the boys!

Take a moment to try to think seriously about cheerleaders. Nowadays, they don’t just wear skimpy outfits, wave pompoms and do high kicks. Oh no, the cheerleaders jump, tumble and perform acrobatic stunts. And, of course, they dance, chant and smile as well. But ...

Homegrown art

Aug 26, 2007

Homegrown art

When is a paddy not a paddy? When it’s a canvas, of course. But as staff writer YOKO HANI discovered in northern Aomori Prefecture, what’s nice to look at is rice to eat as well. Mysterious “corn circles” of incredible complexity that appear overnight, ...

Aug 21, 2007

Ten seconds to duck 'n' cover

With the annual Sept. 1 Disaster Prevention Day approaching, residents in Japan will be reminded of a simple fact: They are living in a country where earthquakes are a fact of life. The reminder is timely. A recent Japan Times online poll showed that ...

Putting the fun back into feeling fit

| Aug 19, 2007

Putting the fun back into feeling fit

Although you may be a typically busy worker, in Japan there’s no shortage of easy exercise options to help keep you in shape — whether “10-minute fitness” clubs where you can have a quick workout without even changing your clothes, varieties of home exercise ...

Art's a beach!

| Jul 15, 2007

Art's a beach!

The studio of potter Shigeaki Higuchi faces the Pacific on the coast at Shirahama in Minami Boso City. Between the shore and his modest atelier there’s only a local road and a line of bushes where deep-blue morning glories were already in full bloom ...

In praise of morning's glory

Jun 10, 2007

In praise of morning's glory

Hima Furuta sits across the table from me in a cafe in the Marunouchi business district of central Tokyo. It’s only 10 a.m., and although he looks fresh and full of life, he’s almost finished his main work for the day. That recent morning, ...

All together now: Let's form a line

| May 27, 2007

All together now: Let's form a line

It is 11:15 on a sunny Sunday morning across the road from Shinjuku Station in central Tokyo. The Southern Terrace there is already thronged with shoppers like all the city’s other retail districts. And then, as you walk past fashion stores and coffee shops, ...

Citizen journalists aim to serve all

| May 20, 2007

Citizen journalists aim to serve all

For Kenichiro Masuyama, who lives in Matsumoto City in central Japan’s scenic Nagano Prefecture, news that more foreign visitors than ever before are now coming to savor the region’s delights is hardly a surprise. The prefecture is especially known for its highlands, and at ...

Indian schools make a mark

Apr 22, 2007

Indian schools make a mark

Every day at the Global Indian International School (GIIS) in Tokyo’s Edogawa Ward starts with yoga. All the students — from kindergarteners to 14-year-old ninth-graders — have a 20-minute session in their classrooms. The focus is on breathing, which it’s thought helps them to ...