Aug 22, 2016

Koreans reluctant to get married, have children

South Koreans are likely to have fewer weddings and babies this year than ever before, part of a demographic shift that risks hobbling the nation’s economy. The number of marriages and births recorded during the first five months of 2016 hit the lowest levels ...

Sweet times at Tokyo's monster cafe

| Jun 11, 2016

Sweet times at Tokyo's monster cafe

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Maybe it is Nasty’s electric blue hair, cascading in braids around her doll-like face. Perhaps it is the gothic-style black lipstick of her friend Candy. Or the surreal fabric limbs sewn onto the dress of lilac-haired Baby. Whatever the reason, my 1-year-old daughter stares ...

Manner mode: Defusing tension on the train

Mar 19, 2016

Manner mode: Defusing tension on the train

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Commuting to and from work during peak hours in Tokyo can be an utterly soul-destroying experience. With passengers jammed in like sardines in a can, the suffocating conditions on many trains can elevate stress levels and cause tempers to fray. Given the sheer number ...

Crafty ways to have fun without mess

| Dec 12, 2015

Crafty ways to have fun without mess

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For some parents (or maybe it’s just me), there is one particular festive word that causes instant anxiety: “craft.” The seemingly innocuous “c” word conjures instant images of The Ideal Parents, sitting down patiently with their children, sprinkling glitter on freshly gathered pine cones ...