Religion couple's common ground

| Jul 11, 2009

Religion couple's common ground

by Natsuko Fukue

Zuzana Koike, a 29-year-old Austrian national of Slovak extraction, never thought she would even visit Japan before meeting and marrying Takeshi Koike, 38, a lecturer at Daito Bunka University in Tokyo. The two met in 2000 at a gathering of the Catholic Students’ Union ...

Childhood friends, partners for life

| Apr 4, 2009

Childhood friends, partners for life

by Eric Johnston

KYOTO — Dan Bertuzzi, 39, and his wife, Asuka, 31, have a relationship that’s a fairy tale come true. The two first met as young children over two decades ago in Vancouver, British Columbia, where Dan’s mother was teaching Asuka’s mom English, before losing ...

Long-shot meeting, longtime love

| Feb 7, 2009

Long-shot meeting, longtime love

by Sayuri Daimon

After training under a dyer for six months in Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, art student Satoko Yamagishi decided she needed a break. In October 1998 she went to Montreal, where she met Philippe Lavoie, a Canadian computer chip designer studying Japanese. One day in March ...