Living in a house of longevity

| Jan 16, 2011

Living in a house of longevity

by Tomoko Otake

When New York-based artist Shusaku Arakawa died in May 2010 at the age of 73, it caused a sensation — not only because of his influence on many creators, scientists and philosophers, but also because of the gaping contradiction his passing left behind. For ...

Back to the future of a 'hotel for 2001'

| Jan 16, 2011

Back to the future of a 'hotel for 2001'

by Mark Schreiber

The year was 1979. His Imperial Majesty Emperor Hirohito was in the 54th year of his reign. Japan’s prime minister was Masayoshi Ohira. In 1979, people still paid for goods with ¥500 bills. There was no consumption tax or Internet, there were no cell ...

Serendipity set a course to fish the high seas

Jan 9, 2011

Serendipity set a course to fish the high seas

by Hillel Wright

In 1969, I was living at Hapuna Beach on the Big Island of Hawaii. I was 25 years old and had recently taken a leave-of-absence from Southern Illinois University, where I’d been a PhD candidate and an instructor in the English department. As I’d ...

Dec 13, 2009

The colorful lure of carp

by Edan Corkill

Two milestones were achieved at this year’s All-Japan Show for Nishikigoi, or ornamental carp, which was held last month in Izumo, Shimane Prefecture. The first was as spectacular as it was bizarre: The fish that was named Grand Champion was a giant, literally. While ...

Dec 13, 2009

The colorful lure of carp

by Edan Corkill

Two milestones were achieved at this year’s All-Japan Show for Nishikigoi, or ornamental carp, which was held last month in Izumo, Shimane Prefecture. The first was as spectacular as it was bizarre: The fish that was named Grand Champion was a giant, literally. While ...

Mystery lure of woodland lords

Nov 29, 2009

Mystery lure of woodland lords

by Winifred Bird

When Hideyuki Yoshizawa goes into the woods, he doesn’t wear the usual silver bells meant to scare off bears. He’s given up smoking, too, to eliminate that tell-tale human smell. That’s because he wants more than anything else to meet a bear in the ...

Nov 29, 2009

Mystery lure of woodland lords

by Winifred Bird

When Hideyuki Yoshizawa goes into the woods, he doesn’t wear the usual silver bells meant to scare off bears. He’s given up smoking, too, to eliminate that tell-tale human smell. That’s because he wants more than anything else to meet a bear in the ...

Nov 22, 2009

Top artist draws growing global conclusions

by Jeff Ogrisseg

Neal Adams became a cult star as a graphic artist with DC and Marvel comics during the late 1960s and ’70s through his work on series such as “The Spectre,” “Batman,” “Superman” and “Green Lantern” — and also his contributions, at Marvel, to “X-Men” ...

Nov 22, 2009

Our growing Earth?

by Jeff Ogrisseg

The world is awash with wild theories, conjecture and speculation about everything you could imagine — and then some. However, one theory that popped up some time ago stands out due to its unexpected curiosity: Earth is enlarging — in the way a pumpkin ...

| Nov 15, 2009

Opening a 'window' to Japan

by Tomoko Otake

As a seven-year veteran at the Narita Airport Tourist Information Center, Yuka Tsujimura is at ease handling all kinds of questions and requests for help from inbound tourists who have just set foot in Japan. With a disarmingly elegant smile, trilingual abilities and a ...

Nov 8, 2009

Menswear bursts the bubble

by Paul Mcinnes

It comes as no great surprise to see so many international designers turning to Japan for artistic inspiration, because it’s well known that the fashion pack often come to the Far East for fresh ideas. Take Raf Simons. His latest collection for Jil Sander, ...