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A new approach to volunteering in Tohoku

Issues | THE FOREIGN ELEMENT Mar 10, 2019

A new approach to volunteering in Tohoku

by Kris Kosaka

When Angela Ortiz describes what it felt like to return to Aomori Prefecture five days after the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, she uses words like "horror," "incredulous disbelief" and "intense curiosity." The 36-year-old American lived in Aomori between the ages of ...

Ohara Koson: Bringing ukiyo-e back to life

Art Mar 10, 2019

Ohara Koson: Bringing ukiyo-e back to life

by Martin Laflamme

Ohara Koson created a large body of ukiyo-e prints that delighted a foreign clientelle, yet garnered relatively little attention in Japan. More than 70 years after his death, he is finally being honored with a retrospective in his native country.

Andres Iniesta's Vissel dominate Vegalta

Soccer / J. League Mar 10, 2019

Andres Iniesta's Vissel dominate Vegalta

Midfield maestro Andres Iniesta put on a playmaking master class Sunday and David Villa scored for the second straight game as Vissel Kobe came from behind in a 3-1 win over Vegalta Sendai in the J. League first division. Villa, the third big-name European star ...

Spring Basho gets started in Osaka

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 10, 2019

Spring Basho gets started in Osaka

Sekiwake Takakeisho started his campaign for promotion to the sport's second-highest rank by beating Myogiryu in his opening bout at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday. Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho and Kakuryu suffered mixed fates to begin the 15-day competition at Edion Arena Osaka as ...

Sumo 101: Juryo

Sumo Mar 10, 2019

Sumo 101: Juryo

by John Gunning

The lion's share of media attention in sumo goes to the top (makuuchi) division. Its bouts are shown live on domestic television, its wrestlers are discussed endlessly online and in print and its winner is given a parade, ¥10 million and a giant silver trophy ...

Alaves' Takashi Inui scores in second straight match

Soccer Mar 10, 2019

Alaves' Takashi Inui scores in second straight match

Japan international Takashi Inui scored his second goal in as many games Saturday in Deportivo Alaves' 1-1 draw with Eibar in the Spanish first division. Inui broke the deadlock in the 58th minute with a shot inside the box to put Alaves ahead against his ...

Wales survives Scotland to stay on path to Grand Slam

Rugby Mar 10, 2019

Wales survives Scotland to stay on path to Grand Slam

Scotland on form looked like it would only be a pothole on Wales' road to Six Nations glory. The thing about potholes, though, is they can be bigger than expected. Wales was cruising by halftime at Murrayfield on Saturday, with a 15-6 lead that wasn't as ...

Kikuchi to debut in Japan

Baseball / MLB Mar 10, 2019

Kikuchi to debut in Japan

New Seattle Mariners pitcher Yusei Kikuchi will make his Major League Baseball debut as a starter in the second game of the 2019 season-opening series in Japan against the Oakland Athletics on March 21. "I feel like I'm making two debuts," said Kikuchi, who will ...