Fighting the good fight for a healthy natural diet

Apr 7, 2012

Fighting the good fight for a healthy natural diet

by Kris Kosaka

Mamiko Matsuda, the best-selling author, translator and nutritional expert who divides her time between Japan and Houston, overcame an early struggle with poor health and disease to become an advocate for healthy diets and “natural hygiene.” Matsuda, 63, also had to overcome a youthful ...

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 ...