Photo series charts the family unit in changing Japan

May 30, 2014

Photo series charts the family unit in changing Japan

by Mark Schilling

Family photos in Japan, especially ones taken for formal occasions such as shichi-go-san (seven-five-three) ceremonies, are often as stiffly posed as 19th-century tintypes, with Mom, Dad and Junior never cracking a smile. When American photographer Bruce Osborn began taking photos of parents and children ...

Pro photographers let dogs have their day

May 26, 2014

Pro photographers let dogs have their day

by Sue Manning

It takes more than a squeaky toy and a camera to capture memorable pet portraits. Professional pet photographers in the increasingly competitive business quiz owners about their dogs’ personalities, find the ideal setting and use favorite toys to bring out the best in the ...

Osaka museum offers Big Bang for your buck

May 16, 2014

Osaka museum offers Big Bang for your buck

by Jason Jenkins

Tokyo is teeming with opportunities for families to learn and play, but the nation’s capital doesn’t have a monopoly on educational fun. Osaka has many great places for kids, including the popular Big Bang Science Museum. Located between downtown Osaka and the Kansai International ...

Are teens being enticed by sweetened cigars?

May 12, 2014

Are teens being enticed by sweetened cigars?

by Anna Edney

Flavored cigars that are popular with teens contain the same additives found in Jolly Rancher candies and Kool-Aid drink mixes, lending weight to the argument that tobacco companies take aim at youth, researchers said. Almost every flavor chemical found in tested sweets, including grape ...