'Alternative labor' helps Ishinomaki rebuild

Mar 3, 2012

'Alternative labor' helps Ishinomaki rebuild

by Barbara Bayer

Jamie El-Banna, 27, is a self-professed “cynical Londoner” who says he’s “not a nice guy” and admits he is known to many as something of a party animal interested mostly in getting drunk. But a look at his recent track record reveals he’s now ...

Enjoying the quiet life in Kanazawa, in black and white

Feb 11, 2012

Enjoying the quiet life in Kanazawa, in black and white

by Gianni Simone

Coincidence can shape people’s lives in many ways. Ask Mark Hammond, and he will certainly agree. Indeed, chance seems to have pushed his life and artistic activity into unpredictable directions. While attending college in the United States, he was more interested in broadcast journalism ...

Craft beer connoisseur knows his suds

Feb 4, 2012

Craft beer connoisseur knows his suds

by Eric Johnston

Domestic and imported craft beers have found an ever-growing number of Japanese fans in recent years, and festivals in major cities and smaller towns have offered the public a chance to sample numerous ales, lagers and porters, as well as a variety of German ...

Troupe takes Japanese folk tales abroad

Jan 24, 2012

Troupe takes Japanese folk tales abroad

by Mami Maruko

A Tokyo-based actors’ group working to spread Japanese folk culture abroad is now helping the Japanese-Brazilian community preserve the culture of their ancestors. Last year, the group Mari Mari set up a “Japanese Theater Delivery” program mainly for Japanese-Brazilian audiences in both Brazil and ...

Aussie takes slippery slope to Hokkaido

Jan 21, 2012

Aussie takes slippery slope to Hokkaido

by Kris Kosaka

Matt Dening, 44, grew up on sunshine in a small beach town south of Sydney. Like most Australian youths, Dening played “all the regular sports — swimming, cricket, rugby — but not really well.” “I never had one sport I was completely interested in, ...