Tricks and treats of Halloween in Japan

Nov 1, 2016

Tricks and treats of Halloween in Japan

The Halloween juggernaut — buoyed up its synchronization with cosplay, corporations’ search for new marketing opportunities and its affinity for social media — continues to grow in Japan yearly. Here are your portraits of the kawaii (cute) and the kowai (scary) of Halloween in ...

Grannies stay young through cheerleading

Sep 18, 2016

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 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 ...