Mystery on the 'Dark Dinner' menu

| Sep 20, 2009

Mystery on the 'Dark Dinner' menu

by Tomoko Otake

One evening in mid-August, a dozen people gathered at Ryokusenji temple in Tokyo’s Asakusa district for a meal. But this was to be no regular feast, as the diners sitting shoulder to shoulder with strangers would all be blindfolded and served a series of ...

| Sep 20, 2009

Mystery on the 'Dark Dinner' menu

by Tomoko Otake

One evening in mid-August, a dozen people gathered at Ryokusenji temple in Tokyo’s Asakusa district for a meal. But this was to be no regular feast, as the diners sitting shoulder to shoulder with strangers would all be blindfolded and served a series of ...

Aug 9, 2009

'It is time to discuss this more frankly'

Kazuhiko Togo, Professor of International Politics at Kyoto Sangyo University, is a former Ambassador to the Netherlands and the author of 2005′s “Japan’s Foreign Policy 1945-2003″ and 2008′s “Rekishi to Gaiko” (“History and Diplomacy”). He is also a grandson of Shigenori Togo (1882-1950), who, ...

Jul 26, 2009

Bridge of sorrows

by Edan Corkill

When Naoko Jin tells former Japanese soldiers that the Filipinos they fought against during World War II are ready to forgive them, they simply don’t believe her. “They don’t expect to be forgiven,” said Jin. “They don’t think it’s possible that anyone could forgive ...

| Jul 19, 2009

Bowling 'em over

by Brett Bull

The game of lawn bowls may appear straightforward — players in whites repeatedly roll 1.5-kg rounded plastic “bowls” over finely cut grass — but Japan’s male and female singles champions are taking decidedly different approaches to the World Singles Champion of Champions, set to ...

Jul 12, 2009

What happens when day turns to night?

by Jeff Ogrisseg

Eclipses happen all the time. It just depends on where you are at the time. Here on earth, we’ve got the best ones in the solar system. The eclipse on July 22 is a total solar eclipse, so named because the moon will totally ...

Drawn to the land

| Jun 21, 2009

Drawn to the land

by Eriko Arita

Considering that Japan is only 40 percent self-sufficient in terms of its food supply, few would dispute that the country’s agriculture is in a deepening crisis. Yet in these times, more and more of Japan’s city-dwellers are now becoming interested in agriculture both as ...

| Jun 21, 2009

Drawn to the land

by Eriko Arita

Considering that Japan is only 40 percent self-sufficient in terms of its food supply, few would dispute that the country’s agriculture is in a deepening crisis. Yet in these times, more and more of Japan’s city-dwellers are now becoming interested in agriculture both as ...

Jun 14, 2009

Scholars worldwide react to plan

by Edan Corkill

Proponents of the National Center for Media Arts argue that it will help foreign researchers examining Japan’s popular culture. The Japan Times asked prominent scholars from overseas their thoughts on the proposed facility. “I think the new center could function in such a way ...