Drawing on experience

Apr 1, 2007

Drawing on experience

Cartoonists in Japan are as abundant as the cherry blossoms at this time of year – but Rieko Saibara is probably the only one who has both a lyrical and rebellious side to her work — along with an astonishing power and what has ...

Flaky or fact? Are 'power spots' wacky ... or what?

| Mar 18, 2007

Flaky or fact? Are 'power spots' wacky ... or what?

After minus-ion bottled water to transform your entire being, and natto (fermented soybeans) that was claimed to effortlessly turn chubbies into model specimens, “power spots” look to be taking their turn at the pinnacle of Japan’s ever-fleeting (but ever-marketable) fascination with the slightly otherworldly. ...

| Feb 4, 2007

Princess of pure mystery

The life of illusionist Tenko Hikita — better known as Princess Tenko — is veiled in mystery. Illusionist Tenko Hikita, better known as Princess Tenko, during a interview with The Japan Times in Tokyo YOSHIAKI MIURA PHOTOS [See more in our Photo Gallery] Born ...

Get out of this world

Jan 14, 2007

Get out of this world

Forget Hawaii, Hong Kong, Bali, Britain or Paris — before too long your family vacation choices will include staying at space hotels or taking a 10-day spin around the moon. When Toyoyuki “Nick” Naka- mura first told his colleagues at the Japan Travel Bureau ...

It's high time for Japan to ride the space-tourism wave

Jan 14, 2007

It's high time for Japan to ride the space-tourism wave

The United States and Europe are finally, albeit slowly, paving the way for space tourism to become a revolutionary source of new business — some economists even believe it could save the stagnating world economy. But many experts are very critical of governments’ “monopoly ...

Japan's pioneers of new space age

Jan 14, 2007

Japan's pioneers of new space age

So what kind of people will be Japan’s first space tourists? The first up of around 20 intrepid Japanese individuals was to have been former Livedoor Co. executive Daisuke “Dice-K” Enomoto, who was slated to fly on the Russian Soyuz in September, making him ...

Classified information

| Dec 17, 2006

Classified information

Every week in Japan, English-language magazines carry upward of 200 classified ads placed by both Japanese and non-Japanese people seeking to meet strangers whom they hope to strike up a relationship with. For the average reader the ads are often the first thing they ...

Deep and meaningful dance

Dec 3, 2006

Deep and meaningful dance

Dutch artists Monique van Kerkhof and Rob Oudendijk have performed in many unusual places — a synagogue and a company office in New York, and in a huge dried-up reservoir and an art gallery in Japan. But until Nov. 18, they and fellow dancers ...

Scourge of skinnies stands firm on fleshiness

| Nov 19, 2006

Scourge of skinnies stands firm on fleshiness

A third of the models who appeared in Madrid’s civic-sponsored Cibeles collections last year were banned from the same fashion event this September. The move — which triggered debate in and beyond fashion circles around the world — came after city officials declared that ...