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Felicity Hughes
Japan Times
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Aug 5, 2011
B-kyu boom: The magnificence of the mediocre
There's a B-kyu (class) for everything, which doesn't make it any less important.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Japan Pulse
Jul 29, 2011
Apartment dwellers go potty for growing their own veggies
As concerns about food safety continue to grow, personal veranda farms take root in the big city.
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital / Japan Pulse
Jul 28, 2011
Fukulog shares its looks with Asia
Street fashion goes social on Fukulog, a site that's attracting attracting the attention of fashionistas in Japan and beyond.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Japan Pulse
Jul 22, 2011
A win-win for Nadeshiko and Japan's merchants
Did retailers predict that the Japan women's team would win the World Cup? Probably not, but they're perfectly happy to capitalize on Nadeshiko fever now.
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Jul 19, 2011
Campaigns urge foreigners to pleeease visit Japan
The travel industry is doing its best to bring tourists back to Japan but is an Arashi promo video going to be able to do the job?
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Jul 15, 2011
Life is sweet ... for some men
They are men, and they like to eat sweets. They are the men who eat sweets.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Japan Pulse
Jul 11, 2011
Cool drinks and eats to beat the heat
Chilled curry sauce on nuddles? Doughnut jellies? Menthol Shock? Japan's got 'em all this summer.
CULTURE / Books
Jul 10, 2011
Banana's fabulous fables
THE LAKE, by Banana Yoshimoto. Melville House, 2011, 192 pp., $23.95 (hardcover) It's hard to believe it's been six years since Banana Yoshimoto had a new novel published in English. Her early novel "Kitchen" was hugely popular with foreign audiences, but since the release of "Hardboiled and Hard...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Jul 8, 2011
Women sound off on Super Cool Biz fashions
Is Super Cool Biz bringing out the best or worst in men's office fashions?
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / BY THE GLASS
Jul 8, 2011
Kusuda makes NZ wine his own way
Pinot Noir is one of the world's most challenging grapes: Sensitive to frost and rot, this thin-skinned varietal really tests the limits of a winemaker's skill. But tenacious winemaker Hiroyuki Kusuda wouldn't have it any other way. This Japanese national has fought against the odds to set up his own...
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Japan Pulse
Jul 1, 2011
Cool foods for a chilled-out summer
Chefs and food manufacturers are inventing new ways to enjoy the summer staple of cold noodles.
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Jun 30, 2011
A cocktail of AR and social marketing
Chivas Regal 18 combines bar-hopping and AR to create a cocktail of promotion and social marketing.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / Japan Pulse
Jun 24, 2011
Fashion goes sensible in postquake Japan
Memories of March 11 are inspiring women to favor sensible footwear, just to be safe.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Japan Pulse
Jun 22, 2011
Sassor's ELP shines a light on energy consumption
The Energy Literacy Program aims to help consumers shed light on their power savings, or lack thereof.
BUSINESS / Japan Pulse
Jun 17, 2011
A new flying eye in the sky
The Japanese Self-Defense Force unveils the prototype of flying sphere and the fanboy crowd goes wild.
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Jun 17, 2011
Uniforms flying economy class
Newly launched budget airline Peach flies in a detour around frisky flight attendant uniforms and plays it straight with jeans for all cabin staff.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Jun 10, 2011
How green is your balcony?
Among the bright ideas for conserving energy in post-3/11 Japan is a simple idea that taps into the cooling powers of a leafy green curtain.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / BY THE GLASS
Jun 10, 2011
Koshu wine gets uncorked abroad
On June 19, Shizen, a white wine made in Japan with the native Koshu grape, will make its debut at Vinexpo, Bordeaux. By exhibiting at one of the wine industry's most important events, Ernest Singer, the man behind Shizen and a project to improve winemaking in Japan, is declaring his confidence in Koshu...
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Jun 3, 2011
Massage market targets the next generation
Massages devices are traditionally marketed to the older generation but doesn't everybody hurt?
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Jun 3, 2011
Japan, you look like you could use a long vacation
Travel agencies are banking on fact that possible power shortages in Japan this summer will inspire people to take longer vacations.

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As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals