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Mike Mills looks at depression in Japan

Oct 22, 2013

Mike Mills looks at depression in Japan

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Among all the many trips American film director Mike Mills has made to Japan since he first started coming here in the mid 1990s, one incident in particular has remained with him. “One time, I was having coffee with a friend,” he told The ...

Camera artist casts new light on Jomon millennia

Sep 28, 2013

Camera artist casts new light on Jomon millennia

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The Jomon Period of Japanese history is so shrouded in the mists of time that any bid to fathom its secrets stretches even the usual bounds of prehistoric archeology. Yet as amateurs and experts alike have continued unearthing examples of Jomon pottery and stone ...

Seed bank sprouts support a-plenty

| Sep 14, 2013

Seed bank sprouts support a-plenty

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In a sunny corner of Tomoko and Kenji Usui’s garden, surrounded by marigolds and goldenrod, there stands a peculiar little house. The thatched roof is tall and pointy like a witch’s hat, with flowers growing around the brim. The porch is wide and shady, ...

Olympic stars of the future look forward to 2020

| Sep 14, 2013

Olympic stars of the future look forward to 2020

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Thursday night was warm and clear in Yokohama. A cloudless, gradually darkening sky stretched over the 400-meter track at the Yamato Sports Center — seemingly boundless in its ability to absorb the shouts and laughter coming from the 20 boisterous young members of the ...

Long-gone writer tells it how it is

Aug 24, 2013

Long-gone writer tells it how it is

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When Kenji Miyazawa was writing his stories and poems nearly a century ago, Japan was a country with a two-pronged mission: To become the first non-white, non-Christian nation to create a modern prosperous state — and to be the leader of an Asian revival. ...

Aug 24, 2013

Politicians

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They’re just a bunch of scaremongers Raising alarm wherever they can And drinking their fill all the while fern fronds and clouds the world is that cold and dark But before they know it These fellows Rot all on their own Are washed away ...

Aug 24, 2013

Strong in the Rain

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Strong in the rain Strong in the wind Strong against the summer heat and snow He is healthy and robust Free from desire He never loses his temper Nor the quiet smile on his lips He eats four gō of unpolished rice Miso and ...