Kathryn Wortley

For Kathryn Wortley's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Heavy metal: love of craft runs deep

Jan 7, 2017

Heavy metal: love of craft runs deep

Although 2017 is the Year of the Fire Rooster, fire is not the only element destined to influence the next 12 months. Each of the 12 Chinese zodiac years is governed by one of five elements: wood, fire, earth, water and metal, resulting in ...

Buried alive in the shadow of a Kyushu volcano

Dec 31, 2016

Buried alive in the shadow of a Kyushu volcano

“Is the temperature alright for you ma’am?” my Japanese attendant asks in a polished U.S. accent as he cheerfully heaps another pile of hot sand on my torso. “It’s perfect.” Pleased, he pats down the sand — from my neck to toes — with ...