Singer finds fusion in Japan's cultural dichotomy

Mar 31, 2012

Singer finds fusion in Japan's cultural dichotomy

by Kris Kosaka

Japan’s fusion of the traditional and modern fascinated musician Yara Eddine as a young child when she learned about the country at a school in Canada. Fifteen years later, Eddine witnessed this integration firsthand. Arriving at Narita International Airport alongside the contemporary craziness of ...

Expat writer explores the fantastical

Mar 17, 2012

Expat writer explores the fantastical

by Kris Kosaka

The first short story Thersa Matsuura ever wrote in Japan, “Sand Walls, Paper Doors,” introduces the fantastical nonhuman characters of Japanese folklore, from the pillow-swapping trickster to the ghostly children who frolic through human dreams. Inspiration for the story materialized from the traditional ramshackle ...

'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 ...