American out to save boat-building art

Sep 17, 2011

American out to save boat-building art

by Mick Corliss

Douglas Brooks is a man on a mission. A boat builder and craftsman originally from Connecticut, Brooks is committed to helping keep afloat the dying craft of traditional boat building in Japan. Hailing from the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, maritime connections have gradually taken over ...

Sep 13, 2011

Japan needs your mascot: Get drawing, win cash

In the Aug. 30 Light Gist column, headlined “Mascots on a mission to explain the mundane,” Colin P. A. Jones explored the marvellous menagerie of mascots deployed by Japanese authorities to educate adults and children alike about the law and the workings of government. ...

Sep 6, 2011

Japan needs your mascots

In last week’s Light Gist column, headlined “Mascots on a mission to explain the mundane,” Colin P. A. Jones explored the marvellous menagerie of mascots deployed by Japanese authorities to educate adults and children alike about the law and the workings of government. Please ...

Mask maker keeping Shimane tradition alive

Aug 27, 2011

Mask maker keeping Shimane tradition alive

by Rob Gilhooly

Hanging on the walls of Jake Davies’ home are around 20 artifacts that seem at odds with the idyllic village in Sakurae, Shimane Prefecture where his rustic abode is set. Some depict outlandish beings with horns and frightening fangs. Even those that seem more ...