Civility penalizes Japan's refs

| Sep 21, 2008

Civility penalizes Japan's refs

by Edan Corkill

My first reaction on hearing that a Japanese alliance of sports associations would hold a study weekend on international refereeing was that it was “too little — too late.” After all, that very day a Cuban taekwondo fighter at the Beijing Olympics, Angel Valodia ...

Rail feat rained off

| Sep 21, 2008

Rail feat rained off

by Edan Corkill

When the driver of a bullet train momentarily applies the brakes, passengers greet the reduction in speed with a slight, G-force-induced nod of the head, and not much else. Unless, of course, the passengers in question are trying to break the Guinness World Record ...

Tokyo's catwalks at last purr with pizazz

Sep 14, 2008

Tokyo's catwalks at last purr with pizazz

by Misha Janette

“Is Tokyo really the world’s fifth fashion capital after Paris, New York, Milan and London?” That was the question asked by Li Dong, director of fashion for China TV, which was insinuating the waning sartorial significance of the Rising Sun during last season’s Japan ...

It's tough for men

Sep 14, 2008

It's tough for men

by Paul Mcinnes

Japan Fashion Week (JFW), now in its seventh season, has never put much emphasis on menswear. This year, it appeared merely as an afterthought. A paltry selection seems at odds with the fact that the Japanese menswear market and number of top-quality domestic labels ...

New stars are a-rising

Sep 14, 2008

New stars are a-rising

by Paul Mcinnes

Fashion is sometimes like soccer, in that you can’t always rely on older players and expensive foreign imports. Until recently, Japan Fashion Week tended to bank on the same names from season to season. However, to keep the progression of new talent and new ...

A rebel with style

| Sep 7, 2008

A rebel with style

by Edan Corkill

First-time visitors to Japanese department stores are likely to be surprised by the brand Jurgen Lehl. Chances are they haven’t heard of it although it sounds international and its quiet chic suggests they should have. As well, Jurgen Lehl outlets generally occupy large chunks ...

New company casts light on power saving

Aug 31, 2008

New company casts light on power saving

by Eriko Arita

The use of solar energy to generate power and to heat water is gradually spreading in Japan, but the most basic use of sunshine is yet to come out of the shadows — namely, for lighting. To save on the amount of electricity that ...

Is yours a sweet and eco-friendly home?

Aug 31, 2008

Is yours a sweet and eco-friendly home?

by Tomoko Otake

After hearing all the talk about climate change and global warming, many of us are now aware that we need to change our lifestyle in the battle to stop our planet from being a far less agreeable place to live. We also know that ...

Why is Japan lagging in solar-energy field?

Aug 31, 2008

Why is Japan lagging in solar-energy field?

by Tomoko Otake

In the renewable energy industry, how does Japan compare with the rest of the world? While Japan was long the world’s leader in both domestic solar-power output and the manufacture of solar- power equipment, it lost its top spot in 2005 just as the ...

Living a green life

Aug 31, 2008

Living a green life

by Tomoko Otake

Sporting a smart, modern exterior, the home of Keiko and Yoshiyuki Shimizu and their children Ayano, 13, and Haruki, 11, in a residential area of Kawasaki, south of Tokyo in Kanagawa Prefecture, is full of fun features inside. The three- story house has a ...

'Backyard naturalist' finds it fun to be green

Aug 31, 2008

'Backyard naturalist' finds it fun to be green

by Tomoko Otake

Tadashi Nemoto’s home in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, is proof that you don’t need lots of expensive equipment to enjoy an ecological lifestyle. Nemoto, a 48-year-old chemical ecologist for a national research institute by day, is a self-proclaimed “backyard naturalist” after work. His garden boasts ...

Natural by design

Aug 24, 2008

Natural by design

by Winifred Bird

I magine being able to maintain a perfect temperature and humidity in your home year round, without spending a single yen in electricity or gas bills. That’s exactly what Professor Emile Ishida of Tohoku University in northern Japan is striving to achieve — and ...