The gourmet date: Was it love at first bite?

Feb 13, 2015

The gourmet date: Was it love at first bite?

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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

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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

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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 ...

Smoke signals: Can Tokyo ever go smoke-free?

Jan 24, 2015

Smoke signals: Can Tokyo ever go smoke-free?

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Japan has long held a reputation of being something of a paradise for smokers. Tobacco is, at least by Western standards, relatively cheap and people can still light up in many of the country’s restaurants and bars. In fact, before the turn of the ...

There's an etiquette to dealing with bouts of flu

Jan 23, 2015

There's an etiquette to dealing with bouts of flu

If you think that etiquette is limited to which fork to use, think again. Etiquette is simply kindness with a heavy helping of common sense. That’s why etiquette helps get things done, and it responds to what’s going on in the world at any ...

Don't fight trips to the gym: Take it outside

Jan 9, 2015

Don't fight trips to the gym: Take it outside

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It’s January. The bars are empty and the gyms are full of people with good intentions. By February or March, of course, that situation will reverse, as new year resolutions begin to flag and it becomes increasingly difficult to justify that extortionate gym membership. ...