Catherine Pawasarat
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital
Dec 19, 2002
'Machiya' morphs into IT incubator
KYOTO -- What do traditional Kyoto and broadband Internet access have in common? Not much, which is the problem. The solution is the Kyoto Nishijin Machiya Studio.
Japan Times
Feb 19, 2002
Jewelry 'middle market' slipping away
Following the pattern seen in Japan's clothing and accessories industries, in which ultra-expensive designer bags by Louis Vuitton are snatched up with as much vigor as cheap clothing from Uniqlo stores, the "middle market" is rapidly disappearing from the nation's gemstone and jewelry industry.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Feb 19, 2002
Back to nature on Yakushima Island
If you live in urban Japan, probably the only sky you see is sliced up by powerlines; trees grow in tiny parks hemmed in by concrete buildings and polluted expressways. Whatever happened to Japan's traditional love of nature?
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital
Jan 17, 2002
Group seeks to close digital gender divide
The old stereotype of the "computer geek" -- taped Coke-bottle glasses, pens and protractors in breast pocket -- has gotten a series of upgrades over the last decade. The geek has morphed into the "techno-wizard," complete with a huge salary, power, influence and sometimes even new glasses.
Japan Times
Dec 12, 2001
Kyogen with a twist
KYOTO -- What do kyogen, noh, nihon buyo, the works of Samuel Beckett, W.B. Yeats and Woody Allen have in common?
Apr 18, 2001
Sensual curves and serendipitous color
KOBE -- What do the ancient ceramics center of Shigaraki and suburban New Jersey have in common?
Feb 10, 2001
Traditional bamboo basics
The shakuhachi, Japan's end-blown bamboo flute, is gaining international popularity and few play it better than American-born John Kaizan Neptune.
Nov 28, 2000
Embracing both past and present, shakuhachi gala blows up a storm
KYOTO -- A gala concert by shakuhachi grandmaster Genzan Miyoshi Dec. 3 at the Kyoto Concert Hall promises something for everyone: An array of traditional and modern pieces performed as solos, "hogaku orchestras" and everything in between.
Nov 5, 2000
Redefining to rescue Kyoto
KYOTO -- When people talk about traditional Kyoto culture, all the "a" verbs come out -- everyone appreciates it, everyone admires it, many adore it. So why is it disappearing so rapidly?
Aug 31, 2000
Working together for the future
It's always your choice to live for today -- Raising your voice for all life to remain
Jun 24, 2000
Breathing path to beauty and inner peace
KYOTO -- In 1973, a week or two after Brooklyn native Ronnie Seldin began playing the shakuhachi, his teacher asked him what he planned to do after he returned to the United States.
Jun 10, 2000
A thick Kyoto sound, with all the right elements
"Thick," "intense," "heavy." These are the words people use to describe the new "Kyoto sound." The Kyoto band Elements is at the forefront of this movement, shown by the sellout sales of their latest recording, "Singular Sky," upon its release last month.
LIFE / Travel
May 1, 2000
Spotting spots at cheetah breeding center
PELINDABA, South Africa -- Grrrr . . . grrrr . . . grrr . . . I couldn't help feeling a little nervous while hoping that the deep dog-growl sound emanating from the magnificent cheetah under my sweaty palm was actually a purr. Luckily for me, it was.
Apr 17, 2000
Southern white rhino comes back
HLUHLUWE-UMFOLOZI, South Africa -- The ample white rhino sighted on a visit to Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park might lead one to believe that they are plentiful in the wild.
Apr 15, 2000
Paintings with lives of their own
Painter Michael Hofmann says his best work starts and finishes before he's even realized it.
LIFE / Travel
Apr 3, 2000
Up close and personal with wildlife
HOEDSPRUIT, South Africa -- There are lots of animals inside fenced enclosures at Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, but the education in wildlife one gets here is very different from what one gets at a zoo. A few hours visiting with the very knowledgeable and dedicated staff and the animals...
LIFE / Travel
Mar 20, 2000
Seated safaris let the wildlife come to you
Trekking through the bush on an African safari can make for a fair amount of physical rigor and a lot of excitement. You'll see plenty of wildlife -- mostly their tail ends, as they run away from you.
Mar 6, 2000
Never mind lions, look at the birds
When thinking of traveling in South Africa, many people imagine safari-style ventures into the bush to spy elephant, rhino and cheetah.
Mar 4, 2000
Reaching for light beyond darkness
KYOTO -- Many foreigners new to Japan feel the pulls and strains of adapting to the feeling of demanding but hidden rules in this country, trying to understand things that seem generally accepted but never quite articulated.
Jan 31, 2000
Fighting the illegal wildlife trade
PRETORIA -- Praised as the best wildlife law-enforcement agency in all of Africa, South Africa's Endangered Species Protection Unit combines perilous undercover investigation and hardline law enforcement with a passion for one of Africa's most precious resources -- its wildlife.


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