Grannies stay young through cheerleading

Strutting her stuff in a gold-hemmed mini-skirt, white leather boots and shaking silver pom-poms, octogenarian Fumie Takino has discovered her elixir of youth — cheerleading. Takino and her troupe of spirited grannies tweak the nose of old age, even if their rambunctious routine to the song “Dreamgirls” leaves them painfully ...

The changing face (and bodies) of fitness

Aug 4, 2016

The changing face (and bodies) of fitness

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There has been a recent trend among Japanese comedians to go big — with their workouts. Toshiaki Kasuga, Nakayama Kinnikun and Yoshio Kojima all incorporate flexing into their routines, playing up macho stereotypes for laughs. However, Shun Kaneko isn’t laughing. “On Japanese TV, when ...

Call: Mina Perhonen's new store has it all

| Jul 15, 2016

Call: Mina Perhonen's new store has it all

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Mina Perhonen’s new Call store is a one-stop shop in Omotesando for anyone who loves Nordic-inspired fashion and interiors. Filled with simple, soft-hued ceramics, rolls of irregular geometrically patterned textiles, racks of floaty cotton garments and displays of elegant hand-crafted goods, Call takes its ...

Office chair racing on a roll overseas

Jul 1, 2016

Office chair racing on a roll overseas

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Endurance races involving wheeled office chairs have spread from their birthplace in a small Kyoto suburban town across Japan to Taiwan and China. The races are named Isu-1 Grand Prix — a pun on the Japanese word “isu” for chair and Formula 1 racing. ...