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Eric Prideaux
Japan Times
Features
Feb 15, 2004
Shelters from the storm
Japan's small 'snack' bars may be a mystery to most, but to their loyal and mainly male customers they are cozy havens where they can unwind with friends and share life's ups and downs with a mama-san who's always there for them
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Jan 30, 2004
Atami hosts traditional geisha performances for tourists on a budget
Atami's geisha have created a more affordable performance collection for tourists who want to experience traditional Japanese culture on a budget.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY
Jan 16, 2004
Your geisha fantasy fulfilled
It was high time for a break from the pressures of jobs and family.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY
Dec 21, 2003
Moved by the spirit of song
It was shaping up to be a Japanese Christmas like any other.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY
Nov 30, 2003
all systems GO!
In the game of go, there are no cards, no dice, no tricky moves like chess or complicated formulas to remember as there are in poker or mah jongg. And though in principle the game is simplicity itself, go is in a mathematical stratosphere all of its own.
COMMUNITY
Nov 30, 2003
In the heat of hand-to-hand combat
Lest you we befuddle with a surfeit of theory and lore, how about a sample game of go with you, dear reader, taking Black -- which always goes first -- playing against White?
Japan Times
COMMUNITY
Nov 16, 2003
In the realm of catwalk queens
Lipstick, potato chips, box lunches, duct tape, clothing racks, paper cups, hairspray, mascara, big round mirrors facing every which way like satellite dishes, trays of fake finger nails, an arsenal of makeup brushes, Tully's coffee, Marlboro Lights, Frontier Menthols and lots and lots and lots of smoke....
COMMUNITY
Oct 19, 2003
Labor pains
On a recent Saturday, some 80 delegates from the National Union of General Workers, Tokyo South, trudged through cold rain to gather at a conference hall near Mount Fuji for their annual meeting. Greetings were kept brief and to the point. After all, with the sour economy putting such pressure on unions,...
Japan Times
COMMUNITY
Oct 19, 2003
A timeline of protest in Japanese history
Japanese labor is today characterized by "enterprise unions," company-by-company groupings that account for almost all of the country's labor organizations. Lacking the militancy of their forebears, these unions are credited by some with enabling Japan's postwar economic boom but blamed by others for...
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COMMUNITY / CLOSE-UP
Oct 5, 2003
Winning smile
Think back to 1984, before the Japanese government had recruited armies of foreign-born English instructors to internationalize the countryside and when gaijin commentators on television were all but unheard of.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY
Oct 5, 2003
World's first ghetto is a place apart
Mention Venice, and thoughts inevitably turn to St. Mark's Square and the golden mosaics of the basilica there, the Ca' d'Oro palazzo with its view over the Grand Canal, or a handful of other great landmarks that recall the cultural vibrancy of this once-independent city-state that dominated Mediterranean...
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Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Sep 28, 2003
Doors of perception opened by multimedia
The plaza at the United Nations University in Tokyo, typically so serene, will be awhirl with activity next week when a large international cast performs "Seeing the World Through Different Eyes," a multimedia extravaganza that seeks to stimulate the senses through music, dance and light -- and in so...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT
Sep 11, 2003
Dolphins: To kill them or let them be
Japanese, just like anybody else, love dolphins.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY
Aug 24, 2003
Slowly does it
Great works of art take time.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY
Jul 27, 2003
Just go with the flow
You know the summer routine: The sun comes up, the mercury goes up . . . and the heat and humidity get you down, down, down.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY
Jun 8, 2003
In step with beauty, life and death
Dancer Akiko Motofuji is an institution in her own right. She began studying ballet more than seven decades ago at the age of 3 but -- inspired by the burst of artistic experimentation that swept postwar Japan -- in the 1940s she discarded her points and plunged instead into the world of avant-garde...
Japan Times
COMMUNITY
Jun 8, 2003
Butoh: Dance in a surreal realm
We are between sanity and insanity, beauty and ugliness. Good and evil don't matter; emotion lurches from serenity to rage without warning. East and West, too, have merged: Leering Japanese ghosts waltz to Edith Piaf; a forest hag dressed for a Versailles ball strikes wild kabuki poses. Fear turns frolicksome...
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / CLOSE-UP
Jun 1, 2003
Looking back on a 'rudderless' land
In the four years since Howard French took the helm as The New York Times' Tokyo bureau chief, he has witnessed -- and covered -- the rise of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, the fall of his former foreign minister, Makiko Tanaka, the scandalous accident at the uranium-processing facility in the village...
Japan Times
COMMUNITY
May 18, 2003
Heavens above: a job from hell
Most reporters would have jumped at the assignment, with gusto.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY
Apr 13, 2003
Black where they belong
Rewind to September 1986. Yasuhiro Nakasone, prime minister of a self-assured, economically powerful Japan, was taking swipes at American minorities -- especially African-Americans.

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