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, ...

Market network helps community bounce back

Jan 7, 2012

Market network helps community bounce back

by Skye Hohmann

On a bright, warm late November day, an open-air market hums with activity. Children dart among strolling tourists, vendors cry out their wares to visitors and locals alike, who are looking to stock up on produce, cheap clothes and handicrafts from around the country. ...

2011: a year of disaster in quotes

| Dec 27, 2011

2011: a year of disaster in quotes

by Mark Schilling

This year produced more than its share of memorable quotes, many of which were inspired by the March 11 disaster and its aftermath. But figures from other fields, from sports to entertainment, also said things worth repeating. Here is a sampling, in chronological order: ...

Quake workers bolstered by training

Dec 27, 2011

Quake workers bolstered by training

by Mami Maruko

Following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku, staff members of the Tokyo-based nonprofit organization Tokyo English Life Line felt they needed to help not only the survivors, but also the volunteers, NGO and welfare workers who supported the hard-hit people in the ...

Volunteers' hugs warm tsunami-hit Ofunato

Dec 24, 2011

Volunteers' hugs warm tsunami-hit Ofunato

by Mami Maruko

When the March 11 earthquake and tsunami hit northeastern Japan, numerous volunteer organizations rushed to help the survivors with basic necessities like food and clothing. As the months passed, they found that the needs of the survivors were changing with time. A group named ...