Making life easier for working moms

| Mar 3, 2013

Making life easier for working moms

by Tomoko Otake

Yukari Horie, 30, is managing director of Arrow Arrow, a Tokyo-based NPO that offers consulting to companies with female workers who are in the later stages of their pregnancy or who have just become moms and are wondering how to adjust their work styles ...

Battling the postpartum blues

| Mar 3, 2013

Battling the postpartum blues

by Tomoko Otake

Maco Yoshioka is the founder of Madre Bonita, a nonprofit group that offers postpartum fitness programs for women using elastic exercise balls. Yoshioka, 40, who studied sports physiology at the University of Tokyo, says she became aware of physical and mental difficulties for new ...

Documenting the gender imbalance

| Mar 3, 2013

Documenting the gender imbalance

by Tomoko Otake

Yu Negoro, 40, is a documentary filmmaker who has delved deep into the issues of gender and sexuality in Japanese society. Her first project was a series of three short films dealing with women suffering from eating disorders, a condition Neguro suffered in her ...

Carpenter Eiichiro Amakasu

| Feb 26, 2013

Carpenter Eiichiro Amakasu

by Judit Kawaguchi

Eiichiro Amakasu, 70, is a carpenter who designs and builds traditional Japanese homes and their surrounding gardens. He is an expert of sukiya, a residential architectural style that is typically associated with Japanese tea houses.

Rag-and-bone man Kei Ochiai

| Jan 22, 2013

Rag-and-bone man Kei Ochiai

by Judit Kawaguchi

Kei Ochiai is a rag-and-bone man for the Kanto region. He drives his small truck through neighborhoods in Tokyo and Yokohama, circling the areas while sounding his pitch with a loudspeaker: “Furniture, bikes, fridges, anything big and heavy, I’ll take it.” His jovial demeanor ...

Benshi Midori Sawato

| Dec 25, 2012

Benshi Midori Sawato

by Judit Kawaguchi

Midori Sawato is a benshi, a unique kind of performer who provides live narration to silent films at the movie theater. The benshi brings the characters in films alive using different voices and vocal expressions. They sit to the side of the screen, watching ...