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Vivienne Kenrick
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / PERSONALITY PROFILE
Jul 30, 2000
Nigel Mortimer
When he was a youth, Kiyomu Shimomura found his mentor in the late scholar Masahiro Yasuoka. Yasuoka wrote the draft of the statement made by the Emperor Showa at the end of World War II. That was the first time for a Japanese emperor to speak to the people, and in his radio address to the nation he...
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / PERSONALITY PROFILE
Jul 23, 2000
Miki Wakamatsu
"The World Dance Alliance has initiated a project to join in celebrating the millennium. It is a time to consider where we have been, where we are and where we are going. Therefore the theme of World Dance 2000 is 'Dance in the Past, Present and Future,' " said Miki Wakamatsu.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / PERSONALITY PROFILE
Jul 16, 2000
Setsuko Arima
For the greater part of her life, Setsuko Arima has lived in the same district of Kanazawa-ku in Yokohama. She is devoted to the neighborhood, which is highlighted by the 13th century Shomyoji Temple, its garden with red bridges over a wide pond, and its background of an open field and wooded hills....
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Jul 9, 2000
Andrew Wolford
"After the war, in England there was little opportunity for young people, and Africa seemed full of opportunity. So my parents and a friend bought a small plane, and flew out to South Africa in 1947."
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Jul 2, 2000
Machiko Kobayashi
In "The Book of Tea," Okakura Kakuzo refers to the person "with no tea" in him, the one "insusceptible to the seriocomic interests of the personal drama." He mentions too the one "with too much tea" in him, "the untamed aesthete." Machiko Kobayashi, tea ceremony teacher and demonstrator, falls into neither...
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Jun 18, 2000
Toshio Sugihara
Recently the College Women's Association of Japan held an anniversary celebration. "Music and Tea" was an afternoon program commemorating 25 years of the activities of Volunteers for Blind Students, a group that is part of CWAJ's education program. "In April, The Japan Vocational Development Center for...
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / PERSONALITY PROFILE
Jun 4, 2000
Ayako Aoki
Today in Casablanca a Japanese soccer team is playing for the Third Hassan International Cup. The match will be televised worldwide.
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May 28, 2000
Gaj Singh
JODHPUR, India -- Mehrangarh Fort dominates the skyline of this walled, gated, desert city in Rajasthan, India. Five hundred years ago a hermit chose this imposing site for the fort, which commands the wide stretch of land below. Huge spikes were erected on massive barrier gates to counter the charges...
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May 21, 2000
Mohan Kumar
NEW DELHI -- "Three things are necessary for a driver: a good horn, good brakes and good luck."
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / PERSONALITY PROFILE
May 14, 2000
Etienne Taenaka
When he was growing up in California, Etienne Taenaka wanted to be an architect. As he watched his mother, a hairdresser, at work, he made an imaginative leap between architecture and "hair-chitecture." "Creating styles, form following function, building shapes and achieving balance," he said. "My mother...
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May 7, 2000
Mari Ito
Mari Ito describes herself as "a photographer who has been taking photos of ethnic minorities and free-range pigs in Yunnan, China, for the past 10 years."
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / PERSONALITY PROFILE
Apr 30, 2000
Colin McCulloch
"Those of us in New Zealand interested in live theater used to rely on shows put on by companies coming on tour from London. Over the last 30 years, all that has changed. Provincial professional theater groups grew up overnight. New Zealand now has its own flourishing theater," said Colin McCulloch.
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Apr 23, 2000
Peter Wakefield
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Apr 16, 2000
Cindy Fueki
More than 70 years ago, a group of women living in Yokohama founded the International Women's Club. They devised lively social programs and gave their attention to welfare work. The outbreak of World War II meant that the club ceased its activities.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / PERSONALITY PROFILE
Apr 9, 2000
Jane Marwick
In the late 1980s the Tokyo International Learning Community began in a very small way as a support group for parents of children with special needs. TILC opened a school in a church room, where children suffering from a wide range of disabilities were brought together in a learning environment.
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Apr 2, 2000
Benchapa Krairiksh
This year's Asian Festival charity bazaar, organized by the Asian Ladies Friendship Society, will be held April 27. Benchapa Krairiksh, wife of the ambassador of Thailand to Japan, says she is "honored and delighted to serve as chairperson of the festival in the year 2000."
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Mar 26, 2000
Yoshihiko Ueda
People often ask Yoshihiko Ueda why he became a photographer. He replies that he has no clear memory of the beginning. "Perhaps it was almost coincidental," he said. His wife offers the explanation that his sister gave him a camera to console him when he was disappointed at failing boyhood examinations....
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Mar 19, 2000
Tsutomu Yoshioka
Tsutomu Yoshioka's life has come full circle. In the early 1940s, he was a teenage student at Jiyugakuen, the Freedom School founded in 1921 by Yoshikazu and Motoko Hani. Now he is director of Myonichikan, Jiyugakuen's original buildings, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The American architect said at...
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Mar 12, 2000
Muriel Jolivet
A year ago, Muriel Jolivet said, "Briefly, the subjects I studied up to now were, first, the social integration of Japanese male students through work. Then I focused more on women, and their social integration through work. I got interested in women and maternity in Japan, and wrote the book 'Japan:...
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Mar 5, 2000
Masanao Murai
"Horses are very gentle and kind to the weak," Dr. Masanao Murai said. "A child suffering from cerebral palsy can sit on a horse and feel the animal's warmth. He can see farther. The horse's movement reaches the child's brain through the spine, so that a child who cannot walk feels he has one body with...

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