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Linda Inoki
For Linda Inoki's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / GARDEN PATHS
Sep 25, 2003
Lush 'theme park' of the shoguns
Four hundred years ago, Edo was little more than a fishing village in the large domain of Tokugawa Ieyasu. But then, in 1603, the new shogun made this quiet spot his power base, and over the next two centuries Edo became one of the greatest cities in the world. Remarkably, the Koishikawa Korakuen garden,...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / GARDEN PATHS
Aug 28, 2003
All manor of delights
Gentle hills dotted with sheep and ancient villages set beside flowing streams: Scenes such as these attracted William Morris and other members of the Arts and Crafts movement to the Cotswolds in the late 19th century.
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / GARDEN PATHS
Jun 26, 2003
A rare and rocky treat
The most remarkable gardens often combine nature and symbolism: Think of the Alhambra Palace in Granada with its cool water and bowers of jasmine offering a preview of the Islamic paradise. In Europe, symbolic gardens sometimes testified to a monarch's power -- the most extreme example being at Versailles,...
Japan Times
COMMUNITY
May 25, 2003
Art that's sweet enough to eat
In early summer, they might evoke dewy irises and swirling water. In autumn, plume grass trembling in the wind. Quite obviously, Japanese sweets are more than a mouthful of sweetness: They evoke the poetry and beauty of life itself.
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / GARDEN PATHS
May 22, 2003
Seasonal spectaculars
In the last week or so, roses have been taking the first of their twice-yearly turns to brighten the streets of Tokyo. Potted roses in narrow sidewalk gardens and shrub roses arching over railway fences have suddenly burst into glorious colors.
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / GARDEN PATHS
Apr 24, 2003
Yokohama's green bower
In spring it is delightful to see, as the poet William Wordsworth described it, "the budding twigs put out their fan to catch the breezy air."
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / GARDEN PATHS
Mar 27, 2003
A garden is born
After a cool March, the first warm days of spring are working their magic, and people are eagerly waiting for cherry trees to fill with blossoms.
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / GARDEN PATHS
Feb 27, 2003
Plants of blooming passion
On a gray February day, gardeners may be looking at colorful seed catalogs or even holiday brochures, dreaming of a trip to a tropical island. But this week it's time to leave your armchair gardening, because the tropics have come to Tokyo. The Japan Grand Prix International Orchid Festival offers a...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / GARDEN PATHS
Jan 23, 2003
The bare essentials
This column is the first in a series of articles to take us strolling along some garden paths. Hopefully, along the way, we will come across some good ideas for our own patch of greenery, whether that is a garden, containers on a balcony, or just a few potted plants on the kitchen window.
COMMUNITY
May 26, 2002
Art and life in a bowl
Like a gossamer web, drifting in mist, the threads that link Japan's traditional arts can be hard to grasp. Yet some links become visible as soon as a keen observer points them out.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Apr 24, 2002
Fashion's painful pursuit of beauty
When did French women first coin the phrase, "Il faut suffrir pour être belle (One must suffer to be beautiful)"? Judging by the historic costumes and illustrations on display at the Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum, it could have been any time in the last three centuries. Here are fashions that demand...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Mar 29, 2002
Where sea meets sky
Although Brittany is part of France, it was, for many centuries, a wild and windswept country of Celts, where people preserved their own language, customs and faith.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY
Mar 24, 2002
A greener shade of gray
Ever since Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden, people have been trying to climb back over the fence, because, whatever the attractions of city living, there is nothing like a garden to refresh both body and soul.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Mar 6, 2002
Of life's mystery and joy
He lived through the best and worst of times. His life spanned a century of tremendous change, as Japan's focus shifted from rural to industrial, from East to West, from peace to war. He experienced poverty and success, respect and recrimination. He was Taikan Yokoyama (1868-1958), one of Japan's most...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Feb 20, 2002
From 'kimono as canvas' to modest couture
What is so fascinating about royal dress? Clearly, in the case of Diana, Princess of Wales, her fame and glamour set the style for millions of people worldwide. But for countless centuries, the dress of the ruling classes has been about far more than just setting a trend: It has confirmed the high status...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Jan 23, 2002
Royal treatment for a princely collection
The queen of the Princes Czartoryski Museum in Krakow is undoubtedly the "Lady With an Ermine," one of the few surviving portraits by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519).
COMMUNITY
Jan 13, 2002
Stories for sale at today's Antique Jamboree
It's not just the thrill of a bargain hunt or the search for something unique. Surely, the increasing popularity of antiques is also because every item tells a story. Who, for example, wore that exquisite cameo necklace, dripping with finest gold? Why did an unknown doll-maker never finish painting her...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Jan 9, 2002
Back from the brink
The German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) said that people not drawing on 3,000 years of tradition are living on the edge of extinction. How, then, did Japanese craftsmen recover from the trauma of World War II, when their proud traditions, seemingly tainted by recent history, were thrown...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Dec 26, 2001
Primary sources breathe life into history
Onl the dates are fixed. Otherwise, history is a hotbed of debate -- and original documents, from edicts to secret diaries, contain a sea of information that historians trawl at their peril.
JAPAN
Dec 22, 2001
Delegates hit Japan for inaction
People at the frontline of the war against child prostitution and pornography describe it as "every country's dirtiest and darkest secret."

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