In space-tight Japan, how to live like a minimalist

Jun 21, 2016

In space-tight Japan, how to live like a minimalist

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Fumio Sasaki’s one-room Tokyo apartment is so stark friends liken it to an interrogation room. He owns three shirts, four pairs of trousers, four pairs of socks and a meager scattering of various other items. Money isn’t the issue. The 36-year-old editor has made ...

Sweet times at Tokyo's monster cafe

| Jun 11, 2016

Sweet times at Tokyo's monster cafe

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Maybe it is Nasty’s electric blue hair, cascading in braids around her doll-like face. Perhaps it is the gothic-style black lipstick of her friend Candy. Or the surreal fabric limbs sewn onto the dress of lilac-haired Baby. Whatever the reason, my 1-year-old daughter stares ...

Domestic violence: 'Abuse was all I knew'

May 7, 2016

Domestic violence: 'Abuse was all I knew'

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There’s an almost dispassionate matter-of-factness in the way Risa Tanaka describes how she was tortured by her husband. One of the methods he favored, she says, was to act as a police interrogator, asking senseless questions and, if he didn’t like the answers, ramming ...