Linking Japan, Ukraine via songs

by Magdalena Osumi

Nearly 20 years have passed since Nataliya Gudziy visited Japan for the first time, when she performed live with fellow members of the Ukrainian folk dance ensemble Chervona Kalyna, or Red Viburnum, named after Ukraine’s national symbol. In a series of concerts across Japan, the troupe performed traditional Ukrainian folk ...

The naked American at Narita airport

| Jun 25, 2014

The naked American at Narita airport

by Baye Mcneil

Leaving Narita, stripped of your African accoutrement and any other identifiers that speak to your nationality and sensibilities, you advance through an array of unfamiliar sights and sounds, just as brown and naked as the day you were born.

A cat named Mackerel: undercover

| Jun 22, 2014

A cat named Mackerel: undercover

With Mackerel, the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover” comes to mind. An American shorthair with likely a bit of American curl thrown in, Mackerel looks like a bit of a toughie. And, with unsteady eyes that have trouble focusing, she can ...