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Felicity Hughes
For Felicity Hughes's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Nov 18, 2013
J-blip: Tsutaya launches one-stop 'lifestyle' bookshop
Bookseller Tsutaya moves into the lifestyle business and gives consumer more ways to use T-points.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Japan Pulse
Oct 30, 2013
Autumn crop of pumpkin, purple potato and pear products
The change of season prompts a change of snack flavorings u2013 great for those with a pumpkin craving.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Oct 22, 2013
J-blip: Pipo-kun's new song and dance
Is Hatsune Miku moonlighting as Pipo-kun?
Japan Times
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Aug 14, 2013
Nazo toki trend goes mainstream
A pop-up shop with a difference appeared on the fashionable streets of Shibuya last month. Open until Aug. 25, and again between Sept. 6 and Sept 23, the Nazo Tomo Cafe is a mystery waiting to be solved. Inside, for ¥1,000, customers can team up with strangers or friends to solve a puzzle of their choice. For us the appearance of this cafe is an indication that the trend for real-life puzzle games is really booming.
BUSINESS / Japan Pulse
Aug 2, 2013
J-blip: Bandai's smartphone panties
Underwear for your phone. Yes, this has become a reality.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Jul 29, 2013
Cinderella stories inspire women to find their prince on social networking sites
Can a girl actually find her true love on web networks, or are the stories about Social Cinderellas only fairytales?
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / Japan Pulse
Jul 17, 2013
Resting in peace has never been so easy
The array of after-life choices, especially for families with fewer financial means, is growing.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Jul 12, 2013
Cashing in on Fuji fever
As Fujiyama-mania sweeps the nations, merchants watch their profits climb.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Japan Pulse
Jul 4, 2013
Soymilk cream to give dairy cream a run for its money?
Problems with heavy whipped cream? Soy beans might be your savior.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Japan Pulse
Jun 22, 2013
Euglena — the little single-celled organism that could save the world
Look in that pond! It's a wonder organism! A CO2 killer! a biofuel! A latte! It's euglena!
Japan Times
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
May 24, 2013
Fighting for their lives, local governments shell out for matchmaking services
In Itoigawa, Niigata, the government has begun subsidizing online dating service membership in an effort to pair up more locals.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Apr 30, 2013
J-blip: Taro Aso 'gang style' t-shirts
Taro Aso u2014u00a0the man's got style. Some call it "gang style."
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Japan Pulse
Apr 11, 2013
J-blip: Scorpionfish on the menu in Shizuoka
Today's special at Uoshige Shokukou? Deep sea delicacies, served up fresh.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Apr 4, 2013
Interest in final resting places never dies
High-rise cemeteries make it possible for the dearly departed to stay in the big city.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Mar 26, 2013
J-blip: Take splat — teenage girls delight in cream puff war
Girls get up in each other faces .. with some choux cream.
LIFE / Digital / Japan Pulse
Mar 21, 2013
Koe moe apps find their voice on smartphones
Hey girlfriend. Read me a bedtime story.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Mar 13, 2013
Boys who like girls' manga for girls who like boys who like boys
Boys' love manga: no longer just for girls.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Feb 26, 2013
The bird is the latest word in animal cafes
Japan's new cafes let patrons get up close and cuddly - with birds of prey.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Japan Pulse
Feb 3, 2013
J-Blip: Mini kotatsu a cozy spot for singles
The mini kotatsu offers warmth just for one.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Feb 1, 2013
Sales surge for men's fashion magazines
In a sluggish publishing market, men's fashion mags stay in style.

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