Upbeat in the face of adversity

Dec 21, 2013

Upbeat in the face of adversity

by Jun Hongo

Twenty-four-year-old Yura Tsutsumi was first attracted to Yuta Suzuki after seeing how positive he was in everyday life. The pair met at university, where they had both studied nursing, and Tsutsumi soon realized that Suzuki was someone she could depend on. “He was always ...

Waiter . . . there's a bug in my soup

Dec 14, 2013

Waiter . . . there's a bug in my soup

by Jun Hongo

The crickets chirp before they are thrown into a pan, sauteed in vegetable oil and turned into crispy, crunchy snacks. They are one of the three toppings offered on crackers as hors d’oeuvres; a jam made from ants and rice grasshoppers boiled in a ...

Otaku culture gets under the skin

Dec 9, 2013

Otaku culture gets under the skin

by Samuel Thomas

Tattoos in Japan have long moved on from the kind often romanticized by the West — that imagery of flamboyant yakuza that so many seem reluctant to relinquish. But a brief glance at the policies of Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto reveals a nation still ...

Ticked off by a red-meat allergy?

Dec 9, 2013

Ticked off by a red-meat allergy?

by Marta Zaraska

Almost every time he eats a steak, Mack Halsey develops hives on his arms and legs. Burgers are no better. About two to four hours after a meal, his skin starts to itch and break out in hives. For a long time, Halsey, who ...