Take on the samurai in Edo Period Toei

| Jun 13, 2015

Take on the samurai in Edo Period Toei

When my parents were young, action movies were about gunslingers, sheriffs and saloons. For my in-laws in Osaka, however, cinema was more about swords and samurai. Usually set in the Edo Period (1603-1868), jidaigeki, or period dramas, follow the sagas and clashes of Japanese ...

College campuses studying on borrowed time

Apr 25, 2015

College campuses studying on borrowed time

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University students are taking out massive loans to pay for their tertiary education and generally end up facing a crippling repayment timetable that is impossible to service. We examine the alarming state of student debt and what is being done to improve conditions for ...

Take a slow, deep dive into marine life

| Apr 11, 2015

Take a slow, deep dive into marine life

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Island nations have a unique relationship with the sea, and for Japan these connections often manifest themselves through its culture and cuisine. This can make an aquarium visit doubly interesting: Come for the fish, stay to watch the visitors as they admire each tank’s ...

Is virtual art as nourishing as a set meal?

Mar 13, 2015

Is virtual art as nourishing as a set meal?

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You have to admit, it’s all awfully clever. At “L’art de Rosanjin,” which runs at Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall until March 24, visitors can sit in a virtual tempura restaurant, and gawp as images of the chef’s hands at work are projected on the counter ...

Art is for everyone, including kids

| Mar 13, 2015

Art is for everyone, including kids

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Last fall, British artist Jake Chapman found a spectacular way to irritate arts-minded parents like me — all the while “coincidentally” generating controversy and interest in his latest show where there was previously none. Chapman is a shock merchant, so I should have realized ...

Mar 13, 2015

Study says praising children too often may foster narcissism

Children who are told they are special by their parents are more likely to become narcissists, according to a study that aimed to uncover the origins of extreme selfishness. The research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a peer-reviewed U.S. journal, ...

Man finds girl of his dreams in the mirror

Mar 6, 2015

Man finds girl of his dreams in the mirror

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Keisuke Jinushi was tired of seeing social-networking snapshots of his friends with their girlfriends, at weddings or with their newborn children. He was single and felt like time was slipping away for him while everyone else was happily moving on with life. He wanted ...

How to make girlfriends and influence followers

Mar 6, 2015

How to make girlfriends and influence followers

For many, social media is a place to show off milestones in life: vacations, weddings, families. But what if you don’t have any of those things? Keisuke Jinushi has mastered the art of faking it until you make it — assuming one day Jinushi ...

A stitch in time does much more than save nine

Feb 20, 2015

A stitch in time does much more than save nine

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One of Tokyo Dome’s most attended annual attractions might come as a surprise to some. Aside from being home to baseball games and big-name concerts, the huge stadium also hosts a number of fairs, including the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival — which is ...

Love thy neighbor? Chinese nationals who call Japan home

Feb 14, 2015

Love thy neighbor? Chinese nationals who call Japan home

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Like tempestuous lovers, China and Japan have sparred for centuries but have remained interdependent in each other’s economy, politics, culture, language and arts. However, in light of Japan’s ongoing diplomatic tussle with China over the Senkaku Islands and the government’s failure to put World ...