Is virtual art as nourishing as a set meal?

by James Hadfield

You have to admit, it’s all awfully clever. At “L’art de Rosanjin,” which runs at Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall until March 24, visitors can sit in a virtual tempura restaurant, and gawp as images of the chef’s hands at work are projected on the counter in front of them, accompanied by ...

Man finds girl of his dreams in the mirror

Mar 6, 2015

Man finds girl of his dreams in the mirror

by Masami Ito

Keisuke Jinushi was tired of seeing social-networking snapshots of his friends with their girlfriends, at weddings or with their newborn children. He was single and felt like time was slipping away for him while everyone else was happily moving on with life. He wanted ...

How to make girlfriends and influence followers

Mar 6, 2015

How to make girlfriends and influence followers

For many, social media is a place to show off milestones in life: vacations, weddings, families. But what if you don’t have any of those things? Keisuke Jinushi has mastered the art of faking it until you make it — assuming one day Jinushi ...

A stitch in time does much more than save nine

Feb 20, 2015

A stitch in time does much more than save nine

by Kenta Murakami

One of Tokyo Dome’s most attended annual attractions might come as a surprise to some. Aside from being home to baseball games and big-name concerts, the huge stadium also hosts a number of fairs, including the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival — which is ...

Love thy neighbor? Chinese nationals who call Japan home

Feb 14, 2015

Love thy neighbor? Chinese nationals who call Japan home

by Teru Clavel

Like tempestuous lovers, China and Japan have sparred for centuries but have remained interdependent in each other’s economy, politics, culture, language and arts. However, in light of Japan’s ongoing diplomatic tussle with China over the Senkaku Islands and the government’s failure to put World ...

The gourmet date: Was it love at first bite?

Feb 13, 2015

The gourmet date: Was it love at first bite?

by Tim Hornyak

Want to impress on a first date? Try the following: dress to the nines, bring a gift — and get a table at the world’s best restaurant halfway around the world. That’s just what San Francisco’s Stephanie Robesky did last month when she pulled ...

Options allow Tokyo to be more accessible

Feb 7, 2015

Options allow Tokyo to be more accessible

by Masami Ito

Former anchorwoman Christel Takigawa referenced the country’s spirit of selfless hospitality in her presentation to the International Olympic Committee in 2013, a speech that helped persuade the IOC to give Japan the rights to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This hospitality, or ...

Amputee women in Japan proudly step forward

Feb 6, 2015

Amputee women in Japan proudly step forward

by Alice Gordenker

Japan isn’t the easiest place to live for people with disabilities. Buildings and transportation aren’t always accessible; people are apt to regard disabilities as shameful; and a societal tendency to turn away from anything unpleasant makes it difficult to effect change. Nevertheless change is ...