Hakodate artisan finds niche in revival of iron potbelly stove

A woodwork artisan in the Hokkaido city of Hakodate has carved out a niche in the stove market, reviving interest in old-fashioned cast-iron potbelly heaters. Ryuichi Uenoyama, 51, admits to being taken aback by the flurry of orders he has received for the stoves, which were first developed in the ...

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 ...