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Japan a fond spot in solitary Kiwi's running quest

May 5, 2012

Japan a fond spot in solitary Kiwi's running quest

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In this age of reality TV, cheap exhibitionism and superhuman feats, is there still space for the common man? Justyn “Jup” Brown’s reply is a resounding yes. When talking about himself, the 39-year-old New Zealander says, “I’m just a plumber,” even though his eclectic ...

Incredible images capture surreal disaster zone

Apr 21, 2012

Incredible images capture surreal disaster zone

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Twisted wreckage thrown against the pastoral countryside, surreal scenes of the elements of everyday horribly juxtaposed, a world exploded yet eerily calm in its chaos. The photos are at once deeply disturbing and uncomfortably captivating. Rich colors, uncanny detail and stunning skies brought out ...

Canadian black-belt takes pride in action not words

Apr 14, 2012

Canadian black-belt takes pride in action not words

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For Robert Hughes, the shortest answer is doing. From his early determination to procure a traditional Japanese sword to his more recent work with Japanese students in the poverty-stricken streets of the Philippines, Hughes, 54, has spent over 30 years in Japan allowing his ...

Fighting the good fight for a healthy natural diet

Apr 7, 2012

Fighting the good fight for a healthy natural diet

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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

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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

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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 ...